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Can masturbation cause ED

Hi  I am 25  and started masturbating somewhere around 12. I had very strong erections before but from last some months  I am having weak erection although I am able to mastubate. I am virgin still but I really fear that that i will not be able to have proper sex . Could masturbation be the reason for weak erection . Also can this be treated
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comon... someone answer this question cuz I HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM!!! IM 23 and can still masturbate reall welll but dont get an erection hard enough to penetrate. HELPPPPPPPP!!!!!
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I think that both questions are answerable with the statement "it is all in your head."  I am not a health professional but have NEVER heard of masturbation causing erectile dysfunction.  But if you are suffering guilt from your masturbation, then that could easily cause ED.  But there are a slew of things that could also cause ED - but I really don't think masturbation is one of them.  

To silent23lamb - your issue could also be some sort of mental think - feelings of inadequacey or fear of not getting a hard erection.  (The very fear itself can CAUSE what you fear.)  But I noticed when I was in with my urologist geting a prostate exam that he had numerous phamplets in a rack - one of which concerned ED.  They have an implant that can help men with ED.  But I think that it a last resort.  

Levitra and Viagra are both supposed to help with ED.  I tried Viagra but it didn't do a thing for me - except give me a headache.  (It works by opening blood vessels - which can also lead to headaches.)

My advice for both of you is to go to Google.com and enter "Erectile Dysfunction" as a search term.  You'll find lots of useful information.

I did that search and found this from the May Clinic -
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Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability of a man to maintain a firm erection long enough to have sex. Although erectile dysfunction is more common in older men, this common problem can occur at any age. Having trouble maintaining an erection from time to time isn't necessarily a cause for concern. But if the problem is ongoing, it can cause stress and relationship problems and affect self-esteem.

Formerly called impotence, erectile dysfunction was once a taboo subject. It was considered a psychological issue or a natural consequence of growing older. These attitudes have changed in recent years. It's now known that erectile dysfunction is more often caused by physical problems than by psychological ones, and that many men have normal erections into their 80s.

Although it can be embarrassing to talk with your doctor about sexual issues, seeking help for erectile dysfunction can be worth the effort. Erectile dysfunction treatments ranging from medications to surgery can help restore sexual function for most men. Sometimes erectile dysfunction is caused by an underlying condition such as heart disease. So it's important to take erectile trouble seriously because it can be a sign of a more serious health problem.
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stop chocking the chicken and find a real consenting woman .
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Yes...This is strictly based on my personal experience. I am in late 20s now and i started masturbating since i was 16. I contacted urologist and had examinations but they couldnt find anything physically wrong. Doctor also tried boosting my testostrone counts by using some gels regularly. The only solution that is working out for me is to use viagra when i need it but that is a very big pain. (thou doesnt sound it) because you need to take the medicine preplanned atleast 1 hr before you need it to work. Based on my personal experience, I would recommend every guy who masturbates more than twice weekly to reduce it, so that u dont fall under the same situation as me. I regret for what i did but its already too late for me.
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If the masturbation has been with Interent porn then, in fact, it can cause ED.

We have had hundreds of men on our forums with porn-induced ED. When they stopped porn, their erections slowly returned. The medical profession and psychologists are slow to catch on to this rapidly developing problem.

Banter, you are both right and wrong: It is in their head, but you are wrong in that it is NOT psychological, it is biochemical and structural.

Chronic erectile dysfunction is NOT a problem for men under 40 - or at least it wasn't until Internet porn arrived.

Internet porn can become an addiction, and with all addictions the brain changes, or adapts. It does not matter if the addiction is to a substance or whether it is a behavioral addiction, the same brain changes result.

Today's internet porn is nothing at all like our ancestors ever encountered, with the constant novelty and genres of extreme porn. Unlike yesterday's Playboy, Internet porn overstimulates the brain structures responsible for libido, erections, and addiction.

Brain changes include a drop in dopamine receptors in the reward circuitry. Reducing the amount of dopamine receptors decreases your pleasure response to "normal" stimuli. In other words, real-life sexual partners and previous porn won't excite your brain enough to get your penis going. Turning on dopamine receptors is how you get turned on.

Here are two excellent presentations, by a science teacher, on the effects of pornography on the brain. They are non-religious, non-judgmental, and science based.

Erectile Dysfunction and Porn:
http://yourbrainonporn.com/erectile-dysfunction-and-porn

Your Brain on Porn - Porn Addiction:
http://yourbrainonporn.com/your-brain-on-porn-series

Here are two articles on porn-induced ED

“How I Recovered from Porn-related Erectile Dysfunction”
http://yourbrainonporn.com/how-i-recovered-from-porn-related-erectile-dysfunction

As Porn Goes Up, Performance Goes Down?
http://yourbrainonporn.com/as-porn-goes-up-performance-goes-down

Knowledge is power,
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In most cases, stress is what that prevents you from having a proper erection. Try to exercise and work on your anxiety and I'm pretty sure you will get better erections both now and in the future when having sex with anyone else.
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Namit, it's highly unlikely that masturbation can cause ED, or even occasional weak erections..  Also unlikely that there is such a thing as too much masturbation, in the short term or over many decades;  the body's natural refractory periods should keep that from happening.  There are documented cases of men's masturbating throughout a many-decades-long life with no ill effects--quite the contrary.  I'm not convinced that frequent masturbation weakens your libido, unless you are perhaps performing it too often merely out of boredom, say.  Nor am I convinced that the claims here about pornography hold much water---unless, of course, one oversaturates himself to the point of boredom with sex---if that is possible!  BUT:  ED can be a sign of other physical problems---a visit to a good urologist might well be in order.  (P.S.  There is a great deal of evidence that circumcision often  contributes to ED, though that would seem a tad premature at your age, should you be circumcised.  IF YOU ARE INTACT, LET NO ONE TALK YOU INTO CIRCUMCISION---weaker erections are only one of many, many deleterious effects...!!!
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