HELP: "I am addicted to masturbating"

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Anonymous from Gugulethu writes:

I am a 29-year-old man and I’ve been masturbating since I was 15 years old. I now want to

stop, but I can’t. Please help me.

Dr Eve writes:

I wonder why you want to stop. Masturbating is something most people do, even when they are sexual with other people. It is healthy and pleasurable to spend time alone sexually. However, it is not healthy to avoid people, to stop socialising and to waste a lot of time masturbating. Try to find a way to integrate the time you spend masturbating with being social and sexual with your partner. Perhaps you are using porn when you masturbate. Try to masturbate without it, it is after all just people acting and

entertaining you. It is not real life sex at all. Choose real life relationships over masturbation and porn.

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