As part of sex life, masturbation is expected. Before getting into the reasons for pain after masturbation, I want to tell you that self-pleasing helps maintain mental peace and fulfill sexual desire.
Despite religious prohibitions against hand practice, a large number of people who know about it perform it at any point in their lives.
So, is masturbation really helpful? Is Hand practice sin? What do the Quran and Bible say about masturbation? And why do you suffer pain after masturbation? Are you mentally ill?
In this guide, you will learn many religious, scientific, and psychological facts about masturbation.
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Why Do You Masturbate? What Is It?
Masturbation is the behavior in which a person touches or rubs their own body for sexual pleasure or orgasm. There is an urge to get acquainted with one’s own body. Male and female typically masturbate their own penis, scrotum, anus, clitoris, vulva, and breasts for self-pleasing.
Everyone, regardless of gender, masturbates privately. Some do it from an early age, while others do it from their teens to adulthood. Also, some continue to do it even if they have sex. They use it to determine what really feels good in terms of sexual experience and how to experience orgasm.
Masturbation is a very common way of experiencing sexual pleasure. One masturbates anywhere from once a day to once a week, to after a couple of months. It depends on when you have a desire. It could be good or bad, depending on how it affects your daily and religious life.
Mutual Masturbation—Do Both Parties Masturbate Each Other?
Mutual masturbation is the act in which sexual partners stimulate each other’s genitals by touching or rubbing them with hands or tools. Typically, it is done between two or more people. A primary objective of mutual masturbation is to provide sexual stimulation and pleasure.
Many people masturbate during sex to figure out what they like or dislike. You can use it to figure out how to reach orgasm more quickly or control the moment when you climax.
A couple can play alone in the same room, on video, or over the phone if they’re shy or prefer hearing from each other.
Pain After Masturbation
During masturbation, it is possible to feel uncomfortable, sore, or even downright agonizing for many reasons, some of which are extremely serious, and others simply caused by overindulging.
Masturbation pain is defined as recurring discomfort in the pelvis or genital area during sexual interaction. This type of pain is often sharp and intense and can occur before, during, or after masturbation. It may eventually go away on its own.
Cause of Male Painful Masturbation
Masturbation often leaves a man with a sore penis or cramps in the genital or pelvic area. The cause of discomfort or pain after masturbation can be several. In some cases, it’s a medical condition, while in others, it results from aggressiveness.
There is still much to learn about why masturbation is painful for men, but research indicates that as many as 10 percent of men experience pain during ejaculation. This pain may persist for up to 24 hours based on its severity.
The following are just a few reasons why painful masturbation might occur.
Masturbation that Is Violent And Aggressive
Normally, masturbation is risk-free. But, if you masturbate too fast, it can harm your penis or genital area. Most people masturbating aggressively in a short period may end up with penis swelling and redness. It may be caused due to edema (build-up of fluid in the affected area).
Even though your penis is boneless, holding it tightly can crack your organ. It is imperative to treat a fracture immediately without delay since an erection after a fracture is extremely rare.
You can damage the blood vessels and nerves in the penis if the dick is squeezed too tightly and tugged, causing the semen to enter the urinary tract. Other than that, you can experience bruising and swelling with excruciating pain.
While masturbating face-down, you tend to exert more pressure on the penis, which may lead to injury. If you would like to avoid this, masturbate standing, sitting, or lying on your back.
Another reason for pain after masturbation or orgasm, both in men and women, is a medical condition known as dysorgasmia. It is commonly known as painful ejaculation for men, but ejaculatory pain is only a subtype of male dysorgasmia as men can experience pain without ejaculating.
A person suffers from pain after, during, or before orgasm in this condition. Typically, this pain starts from the abdomen.
Symptoms generally include cramping in the buttocks, lower back, or abdomen. Indeed, it can cause discomfort in the scrotum and penis after masturbation. An episode of pain may last from seconds to minutes, or even for several hours.
Infections or inflammation of the urinary tract is among its causes, as are ejaculatory duct obstruction, benign prostate hyperplasia, and adverse reactions to medications.
In medicine, prostate inflammation or infection is referred to as prostatitis. It involves irritation and swelling of the prostate and sometimes the surrounding areas. Prostatitis is often painful.
Those with prostatitis can experience intense and sharp pain in the penis or surrounding area when they engage in penetration or masturbation.
This condition can lead to painful ejaculation and painful urination as well. In addition to causing frequent urination, it can also cause urinary tract infections, stomach discomfort, and erectile dysfunction.
There is a possibility that prostate problems might also cause pelvic pain after ejaculation and during urination.
Bacteria can cause prostatitis, which is shed into the prostate gland either directly from the urinary tract or via lymphatic spread from the rectum. HIV, Chlamydia trachomatis, or gonorrhea can also result in inflamed prostate.
Moreover, diabetes and a weakened immune system can lead to prostatitis.
Urethritis is an underlying cause for painful masturbation or burning sensation after intimacy and urination. It is an inflammatory condition of the urethra. In males, the urethra is the common duct for urine and sperm removal.
Those suffering from urethritis may experience intense penis pain and a burning sensation. Symptoms may also include swelling, irritation, and penis discharge. You may also notice blood in the urine and semen.
The more frequently or aggressively masturbation occurs, the higher the risk of developing urethritis. Besides physical injury, urethritis may also result from sensitivity to spermicides and certain chemicals present in contraceptive foams and jelly.
It’s more likely that you’ll experience pain after masturbation if you have sexually transmitted diseases. Those with herpes, gonorrhea or molluscum contagiosum are more likely to have masturbation pain.
The symptoms may include swelling, irritations, and even penis discharges. The pain of blisters and sores caused by various substances can be inherent or quickly become infected and painful.
Besides penis pain, STDs also cause male abdominal pain after or during sexual activity.
An emotional or psychological reaction to stress may cause painful masturbation. Indeed, fear, shame, or guilt associated with sex and masturbation can result in muscular tension in the pelvic region and abdominal pain.
Anxiety-related discomfort can lead to mental health problems and bring down your self-confidence. So, if you are ashamed of your sexual activity, you should seek help from a psychosexual therapist. Moreover, learn primary sexual education and join support groups.
It is normal to have sexual desires and to act upon those desires. In this regard, acting legally and religiously isn’t a problem.
When to Contact a Doctor Immediately?
Nevertheless, you should speak with a sex specialist or a doctor about any discomfort experienced during intimate activities. However, if you notice any of the following symptoms after masturbation, sex, or in any other situation, then you should consult a doctor immediately:
- A severe pain radiating from the genital area
- An enlarged testicle and sudden pain
- Fever or chills accompanied by difficulty urinating
- Blood in urine and semen
- Sperm pain
- Inability to control urine flow
How Long Does Pain After Masturbation Last?
Masturbation pains occur due to a number of reasons. Therefore, how long they last depend on the severity of symptoms of their underlying cause. Pain may range from mild to intense, coupled with burning sensations and a painful penis.
Typically, masturbation pain goes away on its own after a few minutes or within a day. For example, if you masturbate at night, you may wake up without pain, or if you masturbate in the morning, the pain may subside in three to four hours or until nighttime.
Nevertheless, if you heard a crack while masturbating, there’s a possibility you got a fracture. This pain may last longer, so you should contact a doctor immediately. Otherwise, you may get erection problems in the future.
Death-Grip Syndrome—Masturbate Too Much and Too Fast
Death grip syndrome is a slang term that most people have never heard of before. Indeed, masturbation at this point is extremely dangerous. The danger is not necessarily life-threatening, but rather in the sense of messing with your life and being extremely annoying.
Death grip syndrome is an unusual condition in which masturbating too hard and aggressively results in the desensitization of penis nerves. In this condition, a person may not reach the level of satisfaction with a partner or alone.
It is caused by a tight grip on the penis, in combination with hard strokes and recurrent masturbation. In females, it is known as dead vagina syndrome.
While little information is available about the treatment of GDS, sex experts insist that you can reverse this condition and enjoy sexual contact.
Religious Perspectives on Masturbation
Different religions have different attitudes toward masturbation. Certain religions deem it a spiritually harmful practice, while others do not. In some religious systems, masturbation is acceptable if used for sexual self-control or as part of healthy self-exploration, but it is forbidden if it has a sinister motive or an addiction.
Below are some of the statements made about masturbation by major religions:
The classic philosopher and Greco-Egyptian Church great Father Clement of Alexandria wrote in his Paedagogus:
“Because of its divine institution for the propagation of man, the seed is not to be vainly ejaculated, nor is it to be damaged, nor is it to be wasted.”
In this case, Clement refers to masturbation as an act that harms nature. It is said in Clement’s Paedagogus that “masculine women and effeminate men” violate the nature of sexual relations when they have sex for any reason other than producing children.
Moreover, the Eastern Orthodox Church views sexuality as a great gift from God. Therefore, misusing the gift of God is a sin. Because masturbation is self-directed and is inherently incapable of expressing love and concern for another, it is considered an abuse of the gift of sexuality.
A Byzantine church Father, Epiphanius of Salamis, states in his Panarion:
“They exercise genital acts, yet prevent the conceiving of children. Not in order to produce offspring, but to satisfy lust, are they eager for corruption.”
The Catholic Church teaches in the Catechism:
“By masturbation is to be understood the deliberate stimulation of the genital organs in order to derive sexual pleasure. “The deliberate use of the sexual faculty, for whatever reason, outside of marriage is essentially contrary to its purpose.” For here sexual pleasure is sought outside of the sexual relationship which is demanded by the moral order and in which the total meaning of mutual self-giving and human procreation in the context of true love is achieved.” To form an equitable judgment about the subjects’ moral responsibility and to guide pastoral action, one must take into account the affective immaturity, force of acquired habit, conditions of anxiety or other psychological or social factors that lessen, if not even reduce to a minimum, moral culpability.
Protestant Reformer Martin Luther viewed masturbation as immoral. As Luther wrote:
“Pitied those poor girls and young men who are tormented in the flesh at night.“
However, the Sexually-liberal Church of Sweden tries to convince people that masturbation is not sinful. Pastors often address this issue in confirmation classes for adolescents in the church. Also, The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland views masturbation favorably.
For guidance, Muslims look to their holy book “Quran” and Prophet Muhammad’s (P.B.U.H) Sunnah and Hadith. Indeed, Islam is very clear in its concept. It offers a solution for mitigating the effects of immoral activities, along with a perfect way of life.
Masturbation is forbidden according to Imam Al-Shafi’i based on the following verses from the Qur’an (arrangement of the meaning):
“And those who guard their chastity (i.e., private parts, from illegal sexual acts). Except from their wives or that their right hands possess, – for them, they are free from blame. But whoever seeks beyond that, then those are the transgressors.”(Al-Muminun 23:5-7)
However, some Islamic scholars have used the ayah:
“And let those who find not the financial means for marriage keep themselves chaste, until Allah enriches them of His bounty.”(Al-Nur 24:33)
The act of masturbation is generally considered Haram in Islam. However, some scholars permit it as an alternative to Zina (fornication) or in situations where a marriage is impossible.
In addition, ghusl (bathing) is mandatory after any seminal or vaginal discharge, whether from masturbation, wet dreaming, or during sexual interactions.
In the midrash and Talmud, rabbis prohibit masturbating or removing menstrual fluid in vain. The prohibition prohibits a male from intentionally wasting his semen.
According to the Mishnah, a man should “have his hand cut off” if he touches his penis frequently (to check for ritual contamination).
In the Babylonian Talmud, masturbation is generally (but not exclusively) considered as “emitting seed in vain.”
Also, Rabbi says:
“One who intentionally causes himself to have an erection shall be ostracized”
However, according to Sefer Hasidim,
“If a man’s sexual desire is so great that he is afraid of committing a worse sin, then he is allowed to masturbate in order to avoid a worse sin, but must then perform penance by fasting or sitting in ice water.”
In Hinduism, seeking kama is one of the objectives of life. Apart from a person who has taken the vow of Brahmacharya, Hindus may only engage in sexual activities after marriage, i.e, only with their fiancee with the intent of becoming parents.
Brahmacharya is a stage in which Hindus are instructed to advance academically and spiritually; by then, they are prepared to do the work of furthering their karma and dharma. As they enter Grihastha (once they have married), they acquire kama and artha from their vocation.
In Hinduism, those committed to chastity are the only ones considered sinful when they masturbate.
Indeed, there are differing interpretations of sexual misconduct among Buddhist schools.
The Baptist Press quoted Southern Baptist Convention cleric David Platt as saying that masturbation “goes against the design of God” and that “God designed sex to be relational; masturbation is lustful.”
Also, the Baptist publications characterized masturbation as “isolating, noncommittal and self-centered.”
In respect to masturbation, Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche says:
“Generally, the action that is the opposite of the precept brings the opposite negative result, takes us further from enlightenment, and keeps us longer in samsara.”
Moreover, in “Guide to Buddhism A to Z” by Shravasti Dhammika, a Theravadin monk, quotes the Vinaya Pitaka as follows:
“Masturbation (sukkavissaṭṭhi) is the act of stimulating one’s sexual organs (sambādha) to the stage of orgasm (adhikavega). In the Kāma Sūtra male masturbation is called “seizing the lion” (siṃhākāranta). Some people during the Buddha’s time believed that masturbation could have a therapeutic effect on the mind and the body (Vin. III, 109), although the Buddha disagreed with this. According to the Vinaya, it is an offence of some seriousness for monks or nuns to masturbate (Vin. III, 111), although the Buddha gave no guidance on this matter to laypeople. However, Buddhism could agree with contemporary medical opinion that masturbation is a normal expression of the sexual drive and is physically and psychologically harmless, as long as it does not become a preoccupation or a substitute for ordinary sexual relations. Guilt and self-disgust about masturbating is certainly more harmful than masturbation itself.”
On the other hand, masturbation is explicitly described as sexual misconduct in the mahāyāna Upāsakaśīla sūtra:
“If sex is practiced under the inappropriate times (times not allowed by precepts), [at] inappropriate place[s] (places not allowed by precepts), with non-female[s], with virgin[s], with a married wife, if sex relates to self-body, it is known as sexual misconduct.”
Yet many Buddhist writers of today contend that masturbation is harmless to a layperson.
How to Stop Masturbating Forever?
From a religious, psychological, and health standpoint, we can conclude that uncontrollable sexual urges can lead to severe consequences.
No doubt, you can’t easily stop yourself from a self-gratifying habit. But, making some positive changes in your lifestyle, diet, and thinking can help you stop masturbating.
Here are a few tips to help you stop masturbating forever.
- Consult a sexual expert or therapist to help you lower guilt and learn a healthy way to behave sexually.
- Join a sex addiction support group. Indeed, group discussion, motivation, and inspiration greatly improve mental health and dedication.
- Find your sexual triggers and try to avoid them.
- Keep your body busy by cultivating hobbies or sports.
- Take your mind off masturbation by socializing or interacting with others.
- Don’t watch excess pron or any other XXX sites.
- Moreover, exercise daily and do meditation for better mind and self-control.
- Find and make a perfect love in your life without the aim of sexual pleasure or orgasm.
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet.
- Tie into knots at a young age.
Painful Masturbation Treatment Advice
Treatment for painful masturbation depends largely on the cause and areas of pain. If the pain is emerging from an underlying condition, a doctor will try to treat it with antibiotics or antifungal drugs.
Also, your doctor will recommend sex therapy to learn pelvic relaxation techniques and basic information on dealing with love to hold part. Indeed, sex therapy helps a lot to achieve orgasm and reduce pain.
Moreover, the procedure may be different if you get cracks or muscle stiffness during orgasm stimulation. It may lead to severe erection defects and can’t be reversed. Therefore, in this fractured case, you should immediately seek medical attention.
Besides these, hormone replacement therapies, psycho-sex therapies, and psychological therapies may help painful masturbation.
Encourage Legal and Religious Marriage!
God purposely made the two genders. Indeed, both seek pleasure from each other.
Sexual arousal and desire are a normal part of life. It is not a sin to desire. However, what you do to satisfy your desire is to consider. If you do something strange and unusual while pleasing yourself, you may get hurt medically or religiously.
Indeed, early marriage, loving your partner, and positive thoughts will help control your mind in a situation of uncontrollable desire.
Why Do My Legs Hurt After Ejaculating?
Many people report feeling tired, tingling, and even hurting their legs after giving themselves a stroke. You experience this sensation when you tense your legs during masturbation. Indeed, stretching the quads a lot while doing things may result in pain. Keeping your leg muscles relaxed and concentrating on your genitals is key to maintaining comfort during the process.
Is masturbation healthy?
Masturbation can be good for you to release stress and achieve orgasm. But if you’re doing things frequently and aggressively, you are at risk of certain mental, physical, and moral issues.
Does masturbation cause memory loss?
Masturbation can not cause memory loss or any other mental issue. However, masturbation may lead to feelings of shame, anxiety, guilt, etc.
Is masturbation a sin in the Bible?
Masturbation is not considered a good act according to the Bible.
“But among you, there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.”(Bible Gateway Ephesians 5)
Is hand practice allowed in Islam?
Hand practice is considered haram in Islam since Muslims are supposed to protect their private parts from everything except their spouses. In the words of Abdullaah ibn Mas’ud:
“We were with the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) while we were young and had no wealth whatsoever. Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) said, ‘O young people! Whoever among you can marry, should marry, because it helps him lower his gaze and guard his modesty (i.e, his private parts from committing illegal sexual intercourse, etc.), and whoever is not able to marry, should fast, as fasting diminishes his sexual power.”(Al-Bukhari 5066)
Do girls feel pain after masturbating?
Most girls feel pelvic and vaginal pain and tingling legs after masturbation. Normally, muscles contract really fast during orgasm, but in some cases, these muscles cramp, resulting in pelvic floor tightening and ache.
Can sperm cause abdominal pain?
Sperm can cause abdominal pain in females. In most cases, sperms act as irritants to the uterus, resulting in uterine contraction. Therefore, it results in stomach cramps and pain. The use of spermicides may help to lower abdominal pain during intercourse. Moreover, these may also help in reducing the risk of STDs.