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Pleasurable Masturbation without Ejaculation?

Published: May 19, 2004
Dear TeenHealthFX,
Is there a way to masturbate without ejaculating and still have the same pleasure?
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Dear Pleasurable Masturbation without Ejaculation?,

This is a difficult question to answer, as every person finds different aspects of masturbation enjoyable and pleasurable. For a lot of people, orgasm and ejaculation are the best parts of masturbation. Depending on what you enjoy about masturbation, you might still be able to feel pleasure if you stop before ejaculation. However, it is pretty much guaranteed if you bring yourself to orgasm, you will ejaculate.

Some males do feel discomfort in the pelvic area if they are sexually aroused and do not relieve the tension by ejaculation. An erection is caused by the filling of the penis with blood, and the pressure necessary to generate an erection comes from sexual arousal or "sexual tension;" an orgasm is often described as the release of that tension. Continued tension without relief can lead to a condition called vasocongestion (also known as "blue balls"), which can be quite painful for some males. However, this discomfort generally goes away within a few hours, and there are no known side effects caused by not releasing built up sexual tension. So, if you decide to masturbate and not ejaculate, know that you are not doing any long-term harm to your body. How you masturbate is really a matter of personal preference and is a normal, 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. Good luck!

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