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What Do You Mean By "Masturbating Interrupting One's Life"?

Published: March 26, 2014
Dear What Do You Mean By "Masturbating Interrupting One's Life"?,

What do you mean by masturbating interrupting ones life??


Dear What Do You Mean By "Masturbating Interrupting One's Life"?,

In a few of our answers on masturbation, such as in 13 and Worried I’m Addicted to Masturbating, TeenHealthFX refers to the possibility of masturbating interfering with one’s life. What we mean by this is the idea that an activity can negatively impact your social, emotional or physical well-being. Examples of a person masturbating in excess or in some unhealthy way might include:

  • Masturbating in public.
  • Masturbating so much that the genital area is becoming sore or injured in some way.
  • Putting a focus on masturbating and being in fantasy rather than having an interest in pursuing dating relationships with real people.
  • Being late for work or school because of having to masturbate.
  • Not doing homework or going to an extra-curricular activity because of having to masturbate. 
  • Not spending enough time with family and friends because of staying isolated for the purpose of being able to masturbate.
  • Having masturbation constantly on your mind where it is hard to think of anything else.  

Masturbation for men and young men, and masturbation for women and young women, is a completely normal activity as long as you are not irritating your genital area, masturbating in public, or masturbating in excess to the point where you are neglecting other important areas of your life (family relationships, friends, school, hobbies, age-appropriate dating relationships, etc.).

If you have any concerns about the amount of time you masturbate or worry that it might be getting in the way of the day-to-day things in life you are responsible for or want to do, speak to your doctor, a school counselor, or a parent about it. If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

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