(1622) Prematurity

Because of excessive masturbation, until about three years ago, I am now unable to have normal intercourse, because of prematurity. When I found out the harm I had done myself, I thought that discontinuing the harmful practice would quickly restore me to normal; but this has not been the casc.

D. L.. Marine Corps.

Answer:

This condition you write about is what is known as premature ejaculation. Masturbation has contributed somewhat to it; but, on the other hand, it may also have come about as a result of some nervous mental attitude on your part.

Masturbation in itself is not as harmful as some well-meaning folk would have you believe, if it. is practised not more frequently than normal sexual intercourse. The only harm that can come of it is, if the habit-mind you now, I say habit-is prolonged over a long period of time. Then the sexual apparatus becomes accustomed to the rapid emission (which is the object of self-abuse) and the habit is formed. This seems to be true in your instance.

Now as to the cure; that is the simplest of all, if you understand your trouble. It is a habit that you have formed and, as with all habits, some system of control must be inaugurated to help break it. If you wanted to stop smoking, you would in all probability accomplish it by some form of substitution; let us say, taking to sweets. The same is true of other physical habits. Any method, provided it will not prove harmful which will accomplish the purpose is recommended. Our booklet, "The Truth About Self-Abuse." will correct some of your ideas: see also "Unsuccessful Husbands" (Nos. 2 and 3 of the Personal Problem Library). In the August, 1940, issue of Sexology, there was also an article on "Hair-Trigger Husbands,"' which may well be of help to you.

-Editor.