Self-stimulation of genital acts as a means of releasing sexual tension in absence of other outlets. A variety of disorders from acne to dark circles under the eyes and mental derangement have been wrongly attributed to masturbation. The belief that it causes to make the penis smaller and make the man impotent in later years is without foundation. The feeling of weakness the day after has no physiological basis. Masturbation may be advisable in married men during needs of sickness or separation from the partner. Treatment becomes necessary only when the compulsive masturbator prefers it in spite of opportunity for normal sexual intercourse.

Posted by Dr. Ramesh Maheshwari, Wnho Clinic, 2014 sadashiv peth, Tilak road, Pune. Free to call for further information.