Anonymous on September 1, 2011

Is it possible to masturbate too much?

I’m an 18-year-old male, and I typically masturbate once a day, sometimes two. I also seem to have a receding hairline. Is it because I masturbate too much? How often is “normal”?

answered by David Sobel, MD, JD on September 1, 2011

I’m glad that you came to us with your questions, and I’ll do my best to offer you some helpful information.

How often is it “normal” to masturbate? Although researchers can’t measure exactly how often people masturbate, they’ve found that most of us do, indeed, masturbate. In fact, according to theNational Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior (NSSHB) published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, between 30-70% of men have masturbated in the past month depending on their age group. The numbers are highest for young men ages 25-29. In that age group, 94.3% reported masturbating at least once in their lifetime and 68% reported masturbating at least once in the past month.

For women the numbers a slightly lower, but still substantial. About 84% of women ages 25-29 reported masturbating in their lifetimes, and 51% reported masturbating at least once in the past month.

You mentioned that you masturbate once or twice a day… as long as it doesn’t interfere with your relationships, school or work, this is probably “normal” for you at this point in your life. But if you think that masturbation is getting in the way of your other activities or relationships, or if you feel guilty about masturbating (perhaps due to religious or cultural beliefs), I would encourage you to talk with a doctor or counselor.

Can masturbating cause hair loss? No. There’s no correlation between masturbation and hair loss (or growth). If you’re worried that your hair loss is excessive, especially for your age (remember, normal hair loss is between 50-100 hairs per day), talk with your doctor or dermatologist. Depending on your situation, your doctor may recommend a cream or medication to help slow down your receding hairline.

I hope this information is helpful to you, and I wish you good health.

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David Sobel, MD, JD

Dr. Sobel is a Colorado-based urologist and Director of the Denver Center for Men’s Health. His areas of expertise include men's sexual health and all areas of urology, including urologic oncology, treatment of benign prostatic hypertrophy, stone disease and incontinence. Dr. Sobel was educated at the University of Michigan Law School and the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, and completed his residency at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL.

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