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This article can be considered a continuation of our earlier article on Prone Masturbation (Negative effects of prone masturbation). Prone masturbation can simply be explained as a position of masturbation where a man lies face down on his chest masturbates. During this process, the person applies pressure on the erect penis for more pleasure. The pressure can be given either by pressing his hip to the bed/pillow under him or by pressing or even squeezing the penis with his palms very hard. While the pain or pressure given can translate into pressure but the lesser known fact is that this habit can result in sexual dysfunction including erectile dysfunction and ejaculatory dysfunction.

In medical terms, Prone Masturbation is also called ‘Traumatic Masturbatory Syndrome’.

How prone masturbation can affect sexual functioning of a man?

The excess pressure applied either by pressing the hip against the bed or pillow or by pressing the penis region with palms hard can numb the area. That means, when you apply little pressure or stimulation, that may not even be felt at all. Even when you are about to have real sex or during the foreplay, you may not experience any sensation in the area that can make your penis erect. This is a typical case of erectile dysfunction caused by the habit of prone masturbation.

On the other hand, even if you are able to get an erection, the act of oral or penetrative sex may not arouse you enough that can result in ejaculation. You may take significantly longer time to achieve orgasm and ejaculate or you may not ejaculate at all causing ejaculation dysfunction.

“Very little research has been done on prone masturbation but several young to very young patients who consulted me with erectile dysfunction and ejaculation problems had the habit of prone masturbation” says Dr. Karthik Gunasekaran, director and Chennai’s one of the very popular sexologist at Metromale Clinic & Fertility Center.

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How can you know if prone masturbation is affecting your sexual health?

Note that sexual health problems may not only result from prone masturbation but there are several other factors. However, just by observing the response of your body, you will be able to understand if your sexual health is being affected by prone masturbation.

  1. Losing interest in sex and prefer to go prone. If regular oral or penetrative sex is not giving you enough pleasure and if you continue preferring to go with prone masturbation, you can consider yourself a victim of prone masturbation.
  2. Unable to have an erection even after enough stimulation by your partner. When you are mentally aroused and interested in going for the act but you are unable to achieve an erection even after foreplay, oral or enough stimulation by your partner, you should see your doctor immediately and report the issue.
  3. Inability to have an orgasm or ejaculation. We do note that orgasm and ejaculation are two different things usually happen together. If you are not able to ejaculate even after a hard core performance (if you like to call it that way), you can be sure that prone masturbation has taken you over.
  4. If you are not able to maintain erection. If you are able to have an erection but unable to keep it that way because your penis doesn’t feel that it is stimulated enough or getting enough sensation, sure, prone masturbation can be the cause.

How you can help yourself if you are used to prone masturbation?

  1. Stop prone masturbation. Totally. There is no best way than to stop a bad thing. It may need will power and once you stop doing it, in a few weeks, you will be able to masturbate normally and ejaculate. All you need to do is, just stop prone masturbation.
  2. Don’t try masturbating normally immediately after stopping prone. This may not work. You need to give good gap between masturbations so that your penis will become erect even with a little stimulation. This way, you can make your penis more sensitive (compared to prone sensation) and make it respond to proper stimulation. Define ‘good gap’, you can start with a gap of couple of weeks but surely not just a day or two when you just started coming out of prone.
  3. Try different positions other than prone. Just like sex, you can masturbate in various sitting, standing, lying down on your back or side etc even when masturbating. Understand how your body is responding to stimulations of penis in different positions, this can help you practice other types of masturbations.
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Will you ever be normal if you stop prone masturbation and if not, what to do?

This is one of the several questions that we get from people having erection problems or ejaculatory problems who have stopped prone masturbation. If you don’t have any other sexual health issue, you will surely be out of prone masturbation after stopping. If you are having problems with erections or ejaculation even after few months after stopping prone masturbation, you must surely see a sex therapist near you.  Your sexologist can surely help you get back your erections and confidence.

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How to overcome prone masturbation?

There are no medicines or any magic pill to make you stop prone masturbation. It’s your will to decide and stick to your decision to stop prone masturbation. Even a therapist can’t make you stop unless you decide to. 

Stop masturbating totally for a month and then try normal masturbation. If you are not ejaculating, that means, your penis needs stronger stimulations and you are not out of the woods yet. Then, wait for another couple of weeks and try normal masturbation. Repeat until you succeed. You can first try yourself and if you are not able to ejaculate even after a couple of months, see a good sexologist near you.

Is prone masturbation bad?

Yes. It is. If you have come here randomly through a Google search, we suggest you read the entire article to know why you should not masturbate lying prone.

Is prone masturbation after 39 bad for the heart?

19 or 29 or 39 years of age, doesn’t matter. Prone masturbation can lead to erectile dysfunction. You may also be hurting your reproductive organs.


  1. Hi Sir,

    Iam Abdul Mohsin from Cuddalore. Iam married & I had sex for past 6 months. But we don’t have baby yet. We tested prolactin hormone test for my wife. It’s showing more than normal. Also she has irregular 44 days period. Also minor pcos. So she is following diet

    I tested testosterone hormone for myself. It’s showing less around 176 ng/ml. How to overcome this Sir? How to Change my lifestyle, what kind of foods I want to avoid, what diet I have to follow, and I wear brief & it looks normal such that my penis touches with my body all time. So what you advise me with regards to wearing inner? Do you want me to wear trunk, boxer ? Kindly advise me Sir

  2. Sir, 29 years old. I’m unable to maintain the erection while masturbate and sex with my partner and I don’t get hard erection. I always get semi hard erection. I only get erection while masturbate. I had good erection before 2020. Now I feel very sick. Nowadays I ejaculate within 5 seconds without hard erection.
    I did a testosterone test. That was normal. I have normal level of sugar, pressure and cholesterol. Sir please give some your valuable advices?

      • Hi sir,

        I am sunil. i live in italy, I have problem
        In maintaining erection while masturbate and sex with my partner and I don’t get hard erection. I always get semi hard erection. I only get erection while masturbate.I take long to ejaculate as well. I read article in metromale about Prone masturbation. Wanted to know if this is something affecting my sex life. Is there any online consultation available? How can i schedule a consultation with you?

  3. Hello,
    I’ve been prone masturbating a lot for couple of years and I never tried or managed to masturbate using my hand. and now I stopped prone masturbating for a week and tried using my hands multiple times but I still can’t do it so im thinking if I can stop for a month then try again but also use a ED pill to help me able to maintain and finish using my hands is this a good idea?

  4. Hi. I did prone masturbation whole my life and Im now 29. Im not sure if I have phymosis. Is prone masturbation connected with phymosis?

    • There is no scientific evidence to suggest that prone masturbation causes permanent erectile dysfunction due to nerve damage. However, it is possible that prone masturbation could cause temporary nerve damage, which could lead to erectile dysfunction. This is because prone masturbation can put pressure on the pudendal nerve, which is a nerve that is responsible for sensation in the penis. If the pudendal nerve is compressed for a long period of time, it can become damaged. This damage can lead to numbness in the penis, which can make it difficult to achieve an erection.

      • Prone masturbation affect real life sex to intercourse with partner
        Please carefied
        Prone masturbation danger or not

      • Hi sir ,
        Can prone mastrubation cause severe ed or permanent damage (permanent ed) or is it treatable with medication (8 yrs of prone mastrubation) can u pls answer the above question with ur expertise.

        • As we have mentioned, the pressure put on penis during prone masturbation is too high. Once your penis got used to it, it may not respond to normal stimulation.
          Stop prone, recovery will also take a long time but you will recover. Be patient and take medicine from doctor if you don’t see any improvement after few months.

  5. Hi,

    I did prone masturbation my whole life. I am 26 now. I left prone masturbation 6 months ago and started doing it with hand after taking a break of 1 month. I get erection while masturbation and self arousal but not during foreplay or real sex. What should I do?

  6. Sir I do prone masturbation only twice a week .I can ejaculate by hand masturbation also.so if I do prone masturbation moderately ,will that also be harmfull??

  7. Sir , I used to do prone mastrubutation from childhood . I stoped doing it from a week, i am not getting errection now . What could be the problem ? Please help me

  8. Hi Dr. ;
    I am a male who is in mid 30s and somehow I ve been addicted to prone masturbation all of my life.Fortunately I managed to quit 5 months ago. In general I am a healthy guy who is in average weight and go to the GYM every day. However, I can not get proper erection yet neither watching porn or in foreplay. I feel like I have an arousal problem and I dont feel it. Besides, I have morning erections. I have read all your comments; but wanted to ask at first hand.
    I know the process and I am patient enough;Do you think I am gonna be able to getting hard enough and how long does it take estimately ?
    Thank you in advance

  9. Hello sir, I really do practice prone masturbation and lately after my first sex, I found out that I can’t feel much pleasure while having sex. Is it really the cause??

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