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Feeling Weak and Lazy After Masturbation

Published: May 19, 2004
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I am 10-male. I read some FX answers, which said that masturbation isn't harmful under normal circumstances. Is there a limit to this (frequency of masturbation)? And why is that I feel so weak and lazy afterwards and since I have started masturbating I seem to have lost my stamina (exercise), something that a lot of guys agree on. If it is true than why?
Signed: Feeling Weak and Lazy After Masturbation

Dear Feeling Weak and Lazy After Masturbation,

You're right - masturbation isn't harmful under normal circumstances. In fact, masturbation is a healthy part of being a teenager. It's a good way to begin to figure out what feels good sexually to you and helps you to become familiar and comfortable with your own body.

Masturbation can be performed everyday of the week or one day a month; it is purely a matter of personal preference. Masturbating excessively can sometimes be considered a symptom of a compulsive behavior; however, there are no criteria to determine how many times a day is excessive. As long as you masturbate in private, it does not cause you any type of discomfort, soreness or pain, and it does not get in the way of normal relationships, you're probably ok.

Masturbation is a form of physical activity, so it is understandable that you might feel a little tired or drained afterwards. Masturbation and ejaculation exercise your muscles, which burns calories just like exercise. However, this fatigue should be temporary and should not make your body physically weak. If you continue to feel excessively weak and tired after you masturbate you should talk to your doctor about it. He or she can do a thorough examination of you to determine whether or not there is something else causing you to be so worn out after masturbation.

If you feel that your masturbation has turned into an addiction (an addiction is something that must be done everyday regardless of other life circumstances, something that you think about several times a day at least and is beginning to interfere with you everyday activities), then you may want to talk to a therapist or to your doctor. They will be able to determine if you have an addiction or not and how to help you. If you need to talk to someone and you live in NJ you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-6475. Good luck!

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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