Too much ‘self-pleasure’

Q: I just read your Q and A in and I have some questions. I’m a 27 year-old guy.  Is the frequency of “self-pleasure” between four and five times considered normal?

Despite having a girlfriend, I am still “doing it myself” frequently. Maybe this is because we are not living together.

Am I very active? In the long-term, will such masturbation affect my marriage? Will I encounter an impairment to my fertility in the future?


A:  Thank you for your email. I have been wondering when I'm going to receive a query about “self-pleasure”.

“Self-pleasure” also known as onanism, is the act of sexual stimulation of one’s genitals to the point of climax. Despite the act being depicted since the prehistoric wall paintings, it is viewed as “hideous” and “deplorable” by many religions and cultures.

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