Masturbation is the sexual stimulation of one's own genitals for sexual arousal or other sexual pleasure, usually to the point of orgasm. The stimulation may involve hands, fingers, everyday objects, sex toys such as vibrators, or combinations of these. Mutual masturbation is masturbation with a sexual partner and can involve manual stimulation of a partner's genitals (fingering or jerking off), or be used as a form of non-penetrative sex.

Masturbation is common in both sexes and at any age. Several medical and psychological benefits have been attributed to a healthy attitude toward sexual activity in general and masturbation in particular. There is no known causal relationship between masturbation and any form of mental or physical disorder. In the Western world, masturbation in private or with a partner is generally considered a normal and healthy part of sexual pleasure.

Masturbation addiction refers to excessive or compulsive masturbation. While not a diagnosable mental illness, it can have a significant impact on the daily functioning of those whose sexual behavior is out of control. 

Symptoms of masturbation addiction may then include:

  • Masturbation takes up a lot of your time
  • Your personal or work life suffers because of masturbation
  • You prefer masturbation to personal activities (e.g., going home instead of staying at a party, choosing to be alone instead of with a partner)
  • You notice that you masturbate in public or in places you would rather not (for example, a public restroom)
  • You masturbate when you don't feel like it or when you're not aroused
  • You masturbate to deal with negative emotions
  • You find yourself feeling guilty or upset during or after masturbation
  • You find yourself thinking about it often

Treatment BeterKlinic

BeterKliniek is the clinic for Integrative Medicine that bridges regular and non-regular medicine.

An van Veen (physician) and Michael van Gils (therapist) look for the cause of a condition or disease. That is where the treatment starts otherwise, as people often say, it is 'carrying water to the sea'. We call this cause medicine. Sometimes it is also desirable to treat the symptoms (at the same time). We call this symptom medicine.

Chronic disorders often have their cause in epi- genetics. You can schedule a free informative telephone consultation (phone number 040-7117337 until 1 p.m.) at BeterKliniek to discuss your symptoms so that we can provide you with further advice.