Q&A: I Masturbate 5-6 Times A Week. Will This Impact My Health?

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QUESTION: I am 19 years old. I masturbate 5-6 times a week. Will that have any negative impact on my future fertility or sexual health?

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Many young men and women masturbate fairly often though the frequency tends to decrease with age. Also, while many people still masturbate after they are in relationships, sometimes people masturbate less often when they are in relationships or having a lot of sex with a partner.

There is nothing unusual about masturbating 5 to 6 times per week at your age. Some people even masturbate a few times in a day. There is also nothing unhealthy about it and masturbation will not hurt your fertility for later on. I hope that you enjoy learning more about your body and sexual response. People masturbate for many reasons including to help themselves fall asleep, to relieve sexual tension, and just because it’s fun.

Learn More

For more information, you might enjoy reading The Big Book of Masturbation or The New Male Sexuality.

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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