When I stopped masturbating for a while I had more energy, my weightlifting strength improved and some stubborn depression went away. Is this all just a coincidence? -- Matthew S., 19, Phoenix

Masturbation has gotten a bad rap for centuries, mostly from misguided religious beliefs. Fortunately, the many myths about masturbation—including those implied by your question—have been proven wrong.

Far from being bad for you, men and women who have regular orgasms from masturbation appear to have less stress and enjoy lower rates of heart disease, breast cancer, and prostate cancers.

There is no connection between masturbation and energy, mood, or physical strength. I’m glad you’re feeling good, because otherwise your lack of interest in masturbation might signal a problem with your sex drive!

Dr. Harry Fisch is a board certified urologist. He’s here to answer reader questions in an effort to get guys to “man up about health.”

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