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Why and How to Stop Masturbation Permanently

Masturbation probably existed from the time human sexual desire came into force. Even in the documented sexual history of mankind in the last 2 centuries, masturbation addiction was not much of a health issue until the last decade.

The sharp rise in erectile dysfunction and reduced libido for partnered sex led some researchers to find the underlying reason. They found much correlation between increased Porn consumption in society and rise in such male sexual dysfunctions.

Unfortunately getting off, which was a natural phenomenon and largely harmless till now, became an addiction. Large scale porn consumption often leads to porn addiction and masturbation addiction. Both go hand in hand. This masturbation addiction is no longer occasional or harmless, rather has a serious bearing on the mental, physical and social well being of a person.

You would not find reliable data largely because of non-reporting nature men. But here is again some data fetched from Google which shows a comparative account of various search terms used by people in Google search engine.

Below you can see a comparison graph of two terms people are searching – “masturbation addiction” ( blue line) and “pornography addiction” ( red line) over the last 1 year worldwide. As you can see they are quite similar in their numbers except for some spike in red line for 2 months in April, May. Whenever some online buzz is created around porn addiction due to some researcher releasing an article, video or TED talks, the search volume increases with a sudden spike. But searches for masturbation addiction comes consistently from people self-conscious of its impact on their life.

How to stop Masturbation Addiction

Side Effects of Masturbation

Two very prominently different things are happening now with such a trivial sexual habit as masturbation.

  • Kids picking up frequent masturbation habit before reaching full body-brain maturity
  • Masturbation is now often associated with porn

These two things entirely change the equation for an inconspicuous sexual habit. Here are some major side effects of excessive and frequent masturbation.

  • A general and continuous feeling of boredom
  • Fatigue and tiredness all the time, Lower back pain
  • Less intelligence, productivity, success
  • Relationship issues – Damage current relationships and Lack of confidence to approach women
  • Ruining own sex life with the partner
  • Sexual disorders like premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, low libido etc

Let us elaborate each of the side effects above.

Always Bored:

There is reported by many users of this addiction, but there is also a neurological explanation to this which is explained below in simplified language.

There is a certain neurotransmitter ( brain chemical) called dopamine which is released during pleasurable situations and stimulates one to seek out the pleasurable activity or occupation. Some of the dopamine’s notable functions are in

  • movement
  • memory
  • pleasurable reward
  • behavior and cognition
  • attention
  • inhibition of prolactin production
  • sleep
  • mood
  • learning

Deficiency and excess of this brain chemical produce various chronic conditions in a human being. The pleasure reward-seeking behavior can be food, sex or some other event. Jerking off releases this chemical continuously in an unsteady, uncontrolled manner. Gradually an increased prevalence of neurotransmitter can result in downregulation of receptors, or a “desensitization” to neurotransmitters.

Consequently, the same amount of dopamine release may not give you that same pleasure. Each time you would require more and more dopamine release to reach that state of heightened pleasure. This explains why porn watchers are no longer get excited with the same image or video and constantly need a new source of pornography.

Since dopamine has functions in matters of mood, memory, attention, disturbed and abnormal levels of this neurotransmitter show up its effect in mood swings, lack of attention and other substandard cognition levels.

Fatigue and Tiredness:

Along with boredom, fatigues is the most common complaint by the people with this addiction. You would find many people reporting this on various online forums like Nofap and Q&A sites. Hopefully, there is some controlled study on this particular factor.

Less intelligence, Productivity, Success

The physiological and psychological responses in the body during masturbation is NOT the same as during sexual intercourse with a partner. Limited studies have shown the neurochemicals and hormones released during masturbation are NOT balanced and does NOT simulate real sex.

One of chemical released to counteract the dopamine during orgasm is Prolactin. Your feeling satisfied with the urge of sex is due to this Prolactin hormone. Stuart Brody established in one of the studies that sexual intercourse releases 400% more Prolactin in the blood than an orgasm from masturbation. And this is just one hormone.

This addiction creates a vicious cycle. Mood swings, anxiety issues post masturbation makes you do it again and again. And research has proven such addiction creates anatomical changes to the brain – just like your drug addiction or over-eating addiction.

Hundreds of Nofap members agree that coming out of this addiction has helped them in gaining confidence, mental agility, overall quality and success of life.

Relationship issues

You don’t need a number of studies to anticipate human relationship issues from fapping addiction. The deadly combination of porn and masturbation bring some weird changes in human attitude and tastes.

A representative Swedish study on adolescent boys has shown that boys with daily consumption showed more interest in deviant and illegal types of pornography and more frequently reported the wish to actualize what was seen in real life

Especially in young men, it subtly wounds an existing relationship and makes it difficult to form new relationships. An American study linked porn-watching to infidelity which is obvious if you give it a deep thought.

Ruining own sex life

This is one of the psychological side effects of over-masturbation with pornography. To those people, idea and imagination of sex is more rewarding than the actual act of sex.

One of the interesting observation by neuroscientists is – All addictions create, in addition to chemical changes in the brain, anatomical and pathological changes which result in various manifestations of cerebral dysfunction collectively labeled hypofrontal syndromes.

Excessive self-pleasure changes one’s taste in sex. Regular sex is no longer exciting. You need new partners or more imaginative ways of sex.

Sexual Disorders:

While there are ongoing studies to correlate excessive masturbation with disorders like premature ejaculation, low libido, and erectile dysfunction, the self-reported cases are on the rise.

The controlled studies till now are limited and contradictory. But people in various forums have reported cure from ED by going nofap along with pornfree.

How to Stop Masturbation

In this endeavor, you are the planner, executioner, and reviewer. There is no magical external intervention or support available. So your conviction in this is utmost important. You can not be half convinced to witness the positive results of nofap, relapse is certain.

And you DO NOT need 5, 10 or 20 techniques to quit masturbation addictions. You just need a firm decision and some planning and a couple of techniques.

Change Narrative to “Masturbation NOT Good for Health”

If you do a quick search over the internet, a very clear narrative has been built by Psychologists and Medical communities – Masturbation is common and good for health.

While it is common, it is NOT healthy. It has no health benefits for an individual. You would see even medical professionals and psychologists loosely talking about its silly benefits – it helps avoid sexually transmitted disease and helps in stress relief. It is like you are choosing between two evils and lesser evil is healthy.

Side effects of fapping

You just need to do a quick search over the internet to know a couple of health benefits of Nicotine. Even today, a cigarette makes an excellent style statement among ladies. And indeed it gives relief from stress for the smoker. But all this does NOT make Cigarette healthy.

Until just 2 decades back, you could openly smoke in a public area with no legal restriction in most countries in the world. Thought smoking is as common as it was 2 decades back, at least you have a medical opinion about this as unhealthy. However, It took a century to form this unhealthy opinion about Cigarette.

Probably masturbation plus porn is a very recent phenomenon of 10 years after the arrival of the internet. And the buzz about its ill effects started by like-minded people coming together in online forums. While cigarettes still had an external substance, nicotine, inhaled into the body, the ill effects of fapping starts in the human psychology and brain pathways which is difficult to establish by clinical trials.

Self-analysis and diagnosis play a greater role in such scenarios. Be absolutely convinced that fapping is NOT healthy for human body. Nobody should be able to convince you that you are sexually starved and then prescribe fapping. You are always better off making sex with a partner.

Stop Pornography Today

This is the biggest cue to fapping and this must be thrown away from your life. No moderation, just stop it right away.

You may have taken a decision to stop masturbation and porn. But sticking to the decision on a moment to moment basis is a completely different game altogether. So here you may need some pre-planning.

You can not stay away from mobile and laptops. So install porn blockers on all your digital devices. You will go through many strong moments and a few weak moments. Porn blocking software will help you in your weak moments stopping you right there from accessing any pornography material. Your reasoning fails during those weak moments and you can not reason yourself 100 reasons why you should not access it.

Stop watching even a sensual TV commercial that can work as a cue to masturbation. You need to prepare your list of cues and be innovative on how to handle those situations.

Install porn blockers on all your digital devices. Some accountability software clubbed with porn blocking software do wonder to stay away from porn according to software users.

Cut Boredom

Boredom is the biggest friend of your any addiction. Both go hand in hand and relish each other’s company. There is nothing you can do cut boredom. The only thing you can do is infuse a lot of activity in your life so that free time is scarce.

A normal man with free time will relax, watch TV, read a book, make a few casual calls, cook something, or just play some games. But a person suffering from addiction will find refuge in only pornography and fapping.

So make another conscious decision where you have a list of activities to do. Initially, nothing would excite you as much in comparison. But the human mind and its neurology are amazingly plastic, it can be trained again to find more excitement in your chosen activities.

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