Lauren Becherer | HealthGreatness

Like any part of the body, the penis requires exercise to stay healthy and in shape. This type of workout can result from self-pleasure and regular ejaculation. The act of masturbation is beneficial to maintain strength and health of the penis, circulate blood flow, and improve sexual performance. In fact, a 2003 study shows that frequent masturbation can help prevent prostate cancer in men. While self-pleasuring is completely normal and healthy, too much can start to cause health problems.

Male anatomy of human organs in x-ray view

Regular ejaculation flushes out your system, keeping semen healthy and prevents build-up of cancer-causing chemicals. However, men who masturbate in excess don’t allow their bodies to replenish the hormones and neurochemicals needed for sex. So how much is too much? There isn’t necessarily a “normal” amount of masturbation required to achieve its benefits, though a few times a week or once a day is healthy. If it becomes an addictive habit where your daily life is affected, that’s an indicator of too much.

Exhaustion from excessive masturbation can be a cause of testicle shrinkage, along with prescription medication, aging, or injury. Diminished testicles can affect reproductive function by decreasing sperm count, however it is not linked to testicular cancer.

There has been no proof that excessive masturbation is a cause of testicular cancer. This disease occurs in the cells of one or both of the testicles, which produce male hormones and sperm. There are different types of testicular cancer because of the different cells in this area, each of which are treated differently. Symptoms include a lump or swelling in the testicle, pain, fluid build-up, and loss of sex drive. While the cause of testicular cancer is unknown, research has shown that over-masturbation is not a leading risk factor.

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