Telling her own story of porn addiction and struggle with lust, Jessica seeks to help other women find hope, healing, and grace. She resides just outside of Washington DC where she works as a teacher and serves on the Biblical counseling team in her church. For quite a while now, masturbation has been a gray area of Christian sexuality. We already have enough battles to fight, no need to add another to the list. That being said, fighting this battle is not easy. It would be far easier to believe that this is an OK thing to do and that you will be able to recover from this later. However, sin is sin and habits are habits. The sooner you can get them out of your life, the better.
When masturbating is a problem
What are you searching for?
If you truly feel you cannot stop masturbating, you are describing the compulsive quality of many addictions. If masturbation has become a compulsive habit, then it is quite likely that you may be developing a sexual addiction. Initially, masturbation may have served as a pleasant form of self-pleasuring, particularly when no partners were available. This is generally considered a healthy, normal practice.
What you can do
And, like other addictions, this one can be quite awkward to talk about. But how much really is too much when it comes to masturbation? I think women are less likely to seek help or talk about it. Here, Peter explains there are 11 common signs that your masturbation habit is an addiction. Getting caught by your partner, at work, or in a public place could have really serious consequences, and even lead to a criminal record. It might even indicate that you have attachment issues, says Peter. People with an addiction will often spend hours upon hours on the Internet searching for the fuel to feed their unsatisfied fire, he adds.
Masturbation is a normal part of sexual health. However, if masturbation prevents you from performing daily tasks or it interferes with your work or responsibilities, it may be time to try to create a better relationship with the activity. In fact, it can be quite beneficial. Masturbation is common. People who are in satisfying sexual relationships with a partner masturbate.