Masturbation often carries a stigma. Some religious, cultural and spiritual traditions associate masturbation with immorality or sin.
But the truth is masturbation can become an addiction which can cause harm to your relationship with several signals stated below.
When you get to a point where you inflict self-injury on yourself due to this habit, it can lead to other challenges in your relationship.
If your spouse uses masturbation to cope when they are under stress, especially when work pressure increases and next step is to quickly get a private place to “handle” themselves, then this is a big issue because apart from leading your partner to other stress management behaviour it can quickly escalate into a big problem, imagine having to get to the toilet anytime you are under duress.
This can create a feeling of rejection if one’s partner finds solace in masturbating rather than sexually connecting with their partner. If your partner finds it very easy to replace physical contact with you, even when you are available.
We operate in a religious environment. The weight of guilt that presents itself with this act, especially in connection to our religious and spiritual beliefs (if you have any) will lead to secrecy or in some cases creating and maintaining a double life around your sexual lifestyle.
One of the criteria for addictive behavior is the frequency of the act, sometimes partners who want to stop and are unable to do so, sometimes unconsciously increase after trying to make effort to stop due to the helpless feeling it gives.
Putting religion or cultural beliefs aside, it is an unhealthy habit with emphasis on the word habit, not only as an individual but for couples. Masturbation is very common among adults, yet it remains a challenging and uncomfortable topic
It causes a feeling of inadequacy, especially when the partner discovers about it, they tend to blame themselves, assuming that their spouse or partner is bored or unhappy with them. Masturbation is a problem that interferes with day-to-day life, especially when it is used to substitute real intimacy with another person.
Your partner may feel that his or her partner has been keeping secrets. What couples should understand is that couples have different viewpoints.
People who masturbate may do so in different amounts. There is nothing like an acceptable number or not an acceptable number. where we can establish you have a problem with masturbation is when you can’t achieve orgasm with your partner through intercourse, the best is to seek help from a therapist.
They can work with you and your partner to iron out major concerns affecting your relationship, or smaller issues you are struggling with.
So many couples if they can be a sincere struggle with masturbation. It all depends on if you feel you should tell your spouse that you masturbate.
But you shouldn’t allow the feeling of inadequacy over take you if you discover your partner masturbates, as long as you can maintain a healthy relationship where both individuals communicate effectively to understand each other and know exactly when to come in.
Adult individuals are entitled to their own thoughts, even what our society might deem repugnant. Basically what should be your priority which is my major rule for relationships is that all your sex, including fantasies, should be with each other.
Is it possible to stop masturbation, especially when it is affecting your relationship? I would say yes! Definitely, you can stop it.
Instead of trying to restrict your partner’s behavior for instance because restriction with words like “you must stop this habit at once’ will only aggravate issues. It is a matter of discipline and acceptance to try and stop, once there is a will there is away. If you desire to help your partner to stop, then the best method is to
Talk to them about the habit, find out what triggers it (for instance work pressure), ask them how you can help them stop it, give mental and moral support; don’t make them feel ashamed, try to turn their attention to something else, so that they get to use their time constructively, do it slowly, change cannot happen overnight, know when to seek professional help.
Learning to stop masturbating is a process and this process takes time. To overcome this behavior you’ve practiced for months and sometimes even years, you personally need several coping strategies in order to save your relationship and cause less damage to show them you really want to stop.
Keeping a full schedule will cut down on the opportunities you have for masturbation. Find activities that are self-soothing, engaging, or exciting. I personally recommend joining a gym, start running or jogging, exert yourself physically.
You will also need a healthy diet for your body, caring for yourself may reduce urges or provide motivation to resist. It can also provide a new focus for your energy and efforts. You also need to be accountable to someone you trust, if you can find a support group. That would be excellent and the right path to recovery.
It can also help you develop new behavior. You need to limit your lone time, wear extra clothes at night to cover everywhere as much as possible, make it difficult for the temptation to be successful. Stop everything that triggers the urge, like porn, sex magazines and so on, and most of all, be patient with yourself while healing yourself. Good luck!