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How often can a guy masturbate and still be considered 'normal'?

Two experts weigh in on the touchy subject.

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How often can a guy masturbate and still be considered 'normal'?

IAN KERNER, Ph.D., psychotherapist/sex counselor: There’s no such thing as normal when it comes to masturbation. Rather, to know what’s right for you, focus on whether you’re doing it to enjoy your sexuality and let off some steam, or using it as a coping mechanism because there’s a libido gap in your relationship, or you’re anxious, bored, or depressed.

Are you bruising or chafing your penis? If you feel your masturbation is out of control, it probably is. If not, don’t sweat it.

MICHAEL AARON, Ph.D., psychotherapist/sex counselor:  Despite what “sex addiction” therapists (a diagnosis rejected from the last DSM 5 psychiatric manual, btw) may say, there’s no right or wrong amount of masturbation. Some people have a high sex drive, some low.

What it really comes down to is: How do you feel about how much you masturbate? Is it negatively impacting your life? I’d explore that instead of panicking about using up all the tissues.

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