Is prone masturbation the cause of poor erection?

Q. I do not get a proper erection during foreplay. Is prone masturbation the cause?

Answered by
Dr. Mbuomboh Liwo Blaise Veranso
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sneha Kannan
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 07, 2020 and last reviewed on: Sep 16, 2023

Hi doctor,

What is prone masturbation, and how can it be cured? I am prone to masturbation for the last 14 years. I recently got married and cannot get a proper erection during foreplay.



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Thanks for posting your query here. I have read and understand your concern.

Prone masturbation is when you lie face down on your chest and masturbate, be it by thrusting against the mattress, pillow, floor, or into your hands. One of the well-known consequences of prone masturbation is traumatic masturbation syndrome which occurs when this practice leads to sexual dysfunction or arousal problems or other complications.

I feel you have been in this practice for a long and your present concern is caused by it. Normal penile and scrotal Doppler ultrasound suggest that your problem may be handled by psychological management and change of habit. This will also require a great deal of self-respect and determination. I will advise you to try the following:

1. Avoid this type of masturbation and, if possible, stop it completely. This will help improve your sensation with time.

2. Reduce the frequency of masturbation to allow your body to recover. Suppose you must try masturbation occasionally, various techniques. Note that reduced masturbation frequency is the *key* word here.

3. Get into many activities that may distract you and avoid being idle.

4. Eat well and balance with enough vegetables.

5. Sports.

Hope this will help. Feel free to follow up if more concerns or for better support or guidance on how to improve on your sexuality. Best regards.

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