Is it unhealthy for guys to masturbate daily?

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Q: Is it unhealthy to masturbate daily?

A: I have a family member who is a police officer in another state.  As part of the hiring process he had to undergo a psychological evaluation, during which he was asked the following question: “Would you rather have sex or read a book?” 

Without missing a beat, he answered: “Well… am I in a library?”

Besides being pretty hilarious, what does that story have to do with answering your question?  Everything.  It depends on the situation

If you’re asking if there are risks of physical harm from frequent masturbation, the answer is no.  I suppose if you’re giving yourself rug burns or carpal tunnel syndrome, you should tone it down a notch.  But if you’re talking about the whole “you’ll go blind” or “you’ll grow hair on your palms” stuff – the answer is a definitive no.   It doesn’t affect fertility (unlike the ladies, who are born with all of the eggs they’ll ever have, guys constantly replenish sperm throughout their lives) or cause any other physical problems.

Could it even be good for you?  There’s been some press lately that frequent ejaculation (either alone or with a partner) lowers the risk of prostate cancer.  One study seemed to indicate that men who averaged 20+ ejaculations per month had a significantly lower risk of developing prostate cancer compared to men who average 4-7 per month.  But there are some problems with the study that make it hard to say whether or not this relationship is really true. 

HOWEVER… there are times when frequent masturbation can be a sign of trouble.  Obviously, if you feel it’s causing a problem in your life – making you feel guilty, anxious, depressed, or causing problems with relationships – then it should be addressed.   And if it is compulsive – you want to stop but you can’t – that can be a sign of a more serious issue like Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). 

I know this is a “touchy” topic (sorry… couldn’t resist), but it’s a very common question so you shouldn’t feel embarrassed.  Odds are you’ve got absolutely nothing to worry about – but if you are, the clinical staff at Student Health or CCS can help. 

John A. Vaughn, MD (OSU SHS)


31 thoughts on “Is it unhealthy for guys to masturbate daily?

  1. okay, i get some of what your saying, but I need to ask (out of worry) is it normal to play with myself almost 5-8 times a week? I mean I try to not “please myself”, on a 12-hour basis, but even then… when I see women in very short exotic shorts, or skirts and legs are all… you know…. apparent I want to masterbate, right then. yet my gut instinct is telling me that
    I need to : wait for the day to finish, there are….other ladies out there to view and fixate about when masterbating.

    seriously, tough would not masterting after some time (that and the fact I really fixate on Females and their anatomy) would make me go a little wonko?

    • There is nothing wrong with masturbating, but when something consumes your thoughts throughout the day, whether it is the issue described here, food, gaming, exercise, etc., then it could be that you are obsessing and that might not be healthy. I would recommend taking the time to talk with someone, such as a counselor, to determine if you are indeed obsessing and if it could be harmful. Counseling and Consultation at The Ohio State University offers free counseling sessions for currently enrolled students. You can find out more at their website:

  2. Counseling and Consultation at The Ohio State University offers free counseling sessions for currently enrolled students.

    Maam ,
    first of all, Thank you. 2nd. I’m in california would there be a stressless-Free counseling or something, near my area of (95121) that might be available for part time Students like myself?


    • It looks like your zip code is in San Jose? If you are a student at San Jose State University, they have a Counseling Center that offers free short-term personal counseling. You might check them out.

  3. Hey I masturbate once everyday, mostly because I started last year and now it’s almost difficult to stop, I mean I’m gay so I dont date girls. But do you think it’s bad and I should try to stop, I never do it more than once a day

    • Masturbation in and of itself is not bad – medically speaking. This, of course, is assuming that you are not doing it in a manner that is harmful to yourself.

      On the mental side of things, the question to ask is “Is this consuming your thoughts?” Is becoming obsessive for you to the point that you could not stop for a day or two? If something is consuming your thoughts, regardless of what it is, and you just cannot let it go, then perhaps sitting down and talking with someone, a doctor or counselor, would be a good idea. They can determine if things have escalated to an unhealthy level.

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  5. I’ve read on a couple of websites that you lose a fair share of nutrients through masturbation (since sperm/semen is nutrient rich) the most significant being zinc. Could this cause some sort of deficiency especially since something like zinc is difficult to replenish through diet?

    • I don’t believe that’s true, now if that was absorbing our nutrients then all the other guys in the world that masturbate would have to same effect. But I’m no doctor so if you’re very worried than talk to a doctor


  7. OK I’m 57 and have been married twice and have a son, I have been single for a long time, I masterbate some times 12 times a day and most of the time it’s about 6 times a day. I’m retired and lonely I have always had a lot of sex with women when I was younger, but now I find it easier to just jack off and not deal with women, but I would love a partner is my masterbateing stopping me from finding one?

  8. Is it bad that I’m 12 years old and I love masterbating?like 4-5 times a day? If not I really want some great ways to do it without any sex toys my parents don’t know. I have tried doing it with a ball and had a great pleasure. What are other ways to really get a fun great and pleasuring orgasm or in other words what other objects should I have sex with?(That are non living)

  9. I’m 24 years vergins ,how often it is safe to masturbate for me , how often do the same age boys & girls do it ?

    • that question does not matter my friend. masterbating is bad. jesus loves you he died for your sins on the cross. there is heaven and hell its real and the judgemnt is near

  10. I’m56yrs and masturbate daily. Normally2 to 3 hrs then ejaculate without touching myself. If anyone knows of any really satisfying methods please let me know.

  11. I jack off once a day. i’ve been married for over 35 years and i have no real desire for sex with my wife but enjoy seeing young women masturbating on various web sites. this really has caused problems. My wife thinks i have no interest in her because I view other younger sexier women. I think I look at younger sexier women because they excite me and being excited feels good~! I don’t like hurting her feelings but being realistic…I know I won’t ever have excited feelings for her ……I am a fan of young beautiful bodies…I am a bad guy I guess.

  12. masturbating is totally bad I do it ones or twice a weak and I am 15 I thinks that due to this my height is not increasing because the food that I take all its protein ,minerals and vitamins go waste by doing it. And I also thoughts that due to it I am not able to concentrate on studies .
    Some one please give me suggestion because it colirated to my future

  13. I am 57 and separated from my wife for the last 8 years. I can go for about four days without masturbating. I have tried to stop but the buildup is so strong I can’t help myself.l then have these Earth shattering orgasm.l must admit I get excited watching gay oral sex..i lift weights so I don’t know if this is adding to my increase sex drive. I really want to stop .

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