Q&A: Frequent Masturbation And Premature Ejaculation

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QUESTION: Does frequent masturbation lead to premature ejaculation during sex?

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Not as far as we know. In fact, masturbation techniques can help men to learn to control the timing of their ejaculation, and to last longer if they would like to.

Masturbation Techniques

One such method is the stop-start method, which basically involves a man stimulating himself until just before the point of orgasm, then backing off a bit to let his erection slightly subside, then starting up again.

By practicing masturbation in this way, men can learn to pay attention to the feelings inside their genitals that signal they are approaching orgasm. With time and practice, they can learn to control the timing of their ejaculation.

Masturbation and Premature Ejaculation

All that said, some therapists and researchers wonder if our societal taboos around masturbation might be related to premature ejaculation for some men. While growing up and even in later years, some men develop a habit of speeding up their masturbation so that family members, friends or roommates don’t “catch them” in the act. This may lead to the same pattern of speeding up during intercourse.

Masturbation should be a source of pleasure and enjoyment – not stress. If you enjoy your masturbation time – or would like to – be sure that you have the privacy that you need to enjoy your time alone.

The stop-start technique, by the way, can also be tried with a partner. It can help you to control your ejaculation so that you can come quickly if you want, but you can also prolong the enjoyment and arousal.

Learn More

For more about these topics, you might enjoy reading The Big Book of Masturbation by Martha Cornog or Coping with Premature Ejaculation by Dr. Michael Metz and Dr. Barry McCarthy.

Dr. Debby Herbenick (M.P.H., Ph.D.)

is a sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, Associate Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University and author of several books including Sex Made Easy and Because It Feels Good: A Woman's Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction.
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