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I've been masturbating prone for almost two years now. I don't find the need to masturbate every day (I have easily gone a week to a month without it) but I have never been able to do it by hand. I'm quitting doing it prone and I'm wondering how long you think it will take for me to orgasm when I try it by hand in a week or so. (age 17)
A: If you can go a week to a month without masturbating, you ought to be able to give up prone and switch to hand masturbation pretty easily. You should expect it to take 45 minutes to an hour to masturbate to orgasm by hand the first time you try. It will get easier the second and third times.
I've been masturbating prone my whole life and recently lost my virginity at 26. When I had sex, I was able to get hard but unable to cum. If I quit masturbating (as in no more prone or even trying supine position) will sex be easier? I hate the supine method and am getting married soon. Can I just not masturbate at all and cum during sex or do I have to switch to supine position to cum during sex? (age 27)
A: I strongly recommend that you give up prone masturbation and learn to masturbate by hand before attempting intercourse again. Learn to reach orgasm with the lesser force of your hand (as opposed to the tremendous force of your legs) and it will be easier for you to reach orgasm in intercourse. You will not quit masturbating, so work at learning to masturbate conventionally.
I masturbated prone for most of my life, though am lucky I have not had any problems yet. I am concerned after reading HealthyStrokes.com and it makes a lot of sense. I would like to improve myself and get away from prone. Will it make my erections harder and last longer in bed if I train myself the normal way? Also, I have thought about getting a Fleshlight device. What are your thoughts on these? Thanks for your time and the good info on your site. (age 36)
A: You will get better erections if you give up prone. But lasting longer in bed is not usually a concern of prone males. Most prone males take a half hour or longer to reach orgasm in intercourse, so they would rather reach orgasm more quickly. I don't recommend the Fleshlight but instead recommend the much cheaper Super Head Honcho.
I am attempting to stop prone masturbation, and this site has been a HUGE help (thanks for that). But one problem is I primarily sleep on my stomach, and even when I don't I almost always wake up on my stomach. I haven't had wet dreams or anything but I do wake up hard. Am I going to undo all my work from trying to quit prone masturbation because I sleep on my stomach? (age 16)
A: No. Don't worry about that. Sleep however you like.
I've always masturbated prone, on top of a body pillow with the tip of my penis rubbing against the bed. I can reach orgasm within 3 minutes and ejaculate. I found your site and realized I should change to supine even though I haven't felt any bad effects yet. I've been trying supine lately and I notice that I get much harder erections quicker but I don't feel pleasure. The more I stroke it, the longer the erection stays, sometimes up until 6 minutes, which then dies down. How can I feel pleasure or reach orgasm? (age 16)
A: Give up prone forever and learn to masturbate by hand. Six minutes is not long for an erection to last. You will enjoy masturbating more within a few weeks, and your erections will be stronger and last longer.
I've been with a few girls. When I was 18, I tried to have sex but couldn't and I thought I was too scared. Now I'm with a girl and I've remained a virgin until now and we decided to do it. I stopped prone 3 years ago and started again so I can masturbate the conventional way too. So when we were trying to have sex, I couldn't be erect for long. I don't know if it's because of stress or fear, prone masturbation or a bent penis (average curve I guess) but I did have weed and that time I could go inside her and I did it once. How can I keep an erection and what should I do to make it straight? I am giving up prone completely now and I'll be meeting her again in 15 days. How do I keep myself erect? What's the problem of not keeping my erection for long? (age 23)
A: When you give up prone, it is not enough to only learn conventional masturbation and then mix the two. You need to give up prone forever. You ought to notice a difference in your erections within 3-4 months of giving up prone. Practice makes perfect. In addition to your history of prone, you are also a late virgin. Don't be afraid of having sex or not being perfect in bed. Tell your partner you're new to sex and need time and practice to get good at it.
I am circumcised and masturbate prone. Is it more difficult for a circumcised male to learn the conventional way of masturbation? (age 20)
A: No. Give up prone and then you can masturbate conventionally soon.
I stopped masturbating prone; now I do it conventionally and I like it. I can only cum if I tense and stretch my legs. Is that normal or do I still have a problem? (age 23)
A: That is normal. Most males and females with no history of prone also do that. It is how you keep sensations coming from your legs from interfering with your orgasm.
I just found out on New Year's Eve about prone masturbation over supine masterbation. I just thought guys did it differently, so when I read about the dangers of prone, I immediately stopped because I've had ED for quite some time. I have taken to supine like a duck to water for the last two weeks. It was hard at first but I got it down. Even though I've stopped prone (after almost 40 years of it) how long will it take to get a normal erection? (age 45)
A: Most men notice an improvement in their erections 3-4 months after giving up prone. Congratulations on giving up prone so quickly. Happy new year!
I need major help to quit masturbating prone. It is too addicting and I love the feel of it. I know it's bad but I just can't quit. Can you help me please? (age 13)
A: However good you think prone feels, it doesn't. It is causing you trouble. You are likely to have trouble when you first try to have sex with a partner (which I hope will be years from now). You are young and can switch easily. Think about how good regular masturbation will feel. Guys who switch masturbate conventionally about as often as they previously masturbated prone. They don't find it feels any less good. Just resolve to give up prone forever and then abstain for a week (perhaps less). You can be doing it by hand at this time next week.
I have been masturbating prone my whole life until I couldn't ejaculate when having sex with my girlfriend. After reviewing your site, I abstained for 6 days and tried the conventional way today. I felt a slight sensation and definately did pre-cum which I guess is a good step but did not ejaculate. How long should I wait before another attempt? (age 24)
A: Tomorrow would be good. The important thing is not to go back to prone if you don't succeed with your hand right away.
I have been doing prone since I was 15. I know that's only 3 years, but I have lost some feeling when masturbating normally. I have stopped prone for about a week now, but I still don't have a lot of feeling down there, and it's difficult to stay erect. I would appreciate some advice on why this has happened, and how to fix it. (age 18)
A: You will not notice a difference in your erections immediately. Expect them to feel different in 3-4 months. Stay away from prone and get better at masturbating by hand.
I masturbate prone but started abstinence now. I only get stimulated by rubbing the area around the frenulum since I'm most sensitive there. When I tried masturbating by hand some time ago, it felt too intense and not enjoyable on the other parts of the glans; only the frenulum area felt good. Is that normal? (age 22)
A: You are undergoing masturbatory retraining. You probably don't like touching the glans because it is very sensitive and usually can't be masturbated unless the male is using lube. Instead of touching only the area around the frenulum, when you resume masturbating after abstaining, stroke up and down the entire shaft of the penis, stopping short of the glans..
Follow-up: I was impatient and started masturbating after 3 full days of abstinence. I came after 25 minutes with lube and a lot of concentration. The day after I came three times without lube and today once without lube again. Each time it got easier and I can feel that it will get even easier in the future.
Thank you for this site. I didn't know how easy it could be to masturbate normally.
I have never had an orgasm from fellatio, and I still need to jerk rather intensely reach orgasm cum and can't imagine that I will orgasm from fellatio alone at this point. Do you think that will change or is this something I just have to live with?
A: Congratulations on giving up prone so easily. Wait 3-4 months before trying oral sex. After a month of daily masturbation by hand, you can try vaginal intercourse. See how that goes before trying oral.
I've been masturbating for as long as I can remember. Back then I thought it just felt good. But when I went through puberty, I could only ejaculate while flaccid thrusting into my hand. I'm currently trying to recover and I went a week without masturbating at all. But I was not able to ejaculate. (age 17)
A: Try again after two days. You will be ejaculating soon.
I did prone masturbation since I was 12, and when I finally lost my virginity last year, I couldn't finish. Throughout the relationship, I had issues with ED and delayed ejaculation. Since coming to HealthyStrokes.com, I have abstained and finally did it the conventional way with success. I also have severe phimosis. I was wondering whether this will help with my phimosis? (age 23)
A: Phimosis is a separate problem from prone masturbation. Masturbating prone will not help your phimosis, but it's unclear if regular masturbation will make a difference. I suggest you find online resources for men with phimosis and learn how others have dealt with this problem.
I stopped prone, did one week of abstinence and have been masturbating conventionally for two weeks and it feels great. But my penis is more sensitive now when it's not erect. Is that normal? (age 23)
A: You can't judge how your penis feels after only two months of a new way of masturbating. You will be more aware of penile sensitivity two or three months from now. Do not go back to prone.
I learned to masturbate by doing prone four or five years ago. For the past year or two, I have been trying to stop prone. I have been masturbating normally, but once in a while, I go back to prone. I'm often very horny when I wake up and I sometimes can't help humping the bed. It feels a lot better more quickly. I know it's bad, but it feels too good. I always tell myself that this is going to be the last time. When I finish, I immediately regret it. I get a burning feeling on the tip of my penis and right under it. I also have a dull pain in my right testis for a few days after. How do I prevent myself from giving in to prone? Is there a way to reverse any damage done?
Thank you for the work you do here. I stopped masturbating prone after coming across your site! (age 19)
A: Prone doesn't feel a lot better. It's giving you burning pains and a dull ache in your testicle, that actually originates in your overtaxed prostate gland. Resolve that you will never do prone again. You give up some of the progress you have made by masturbating with your hand every time you do prone. I suggest you get out of bed right away in the morning and not linger in bed and be tempted to hump it. Time and learning to masturbate with less force will help reverse any damage.
Thank you! Keep the good work up! For a long time I masturbated prone but after going through this site I came to know how bad it is so now a week later I can masturbate in the supine position with my hands. Now I am relaxed and happy. (age 29)
A: Everyone I've talked to about it is relaxed and happy after masturbating with their hands.
I've masturbated prone since 9 and in recent years I've been doing it 4 or 5 times a day. I quit prone a few months ago and tried conventional masturbation but I could not ejaculate. When I lost my virginity two months ago, I ejaculated but found it hard to stay erect. I went back to prone after having sex but very recently quit again. I can't get erect when I want to even if I'm aroused and I can never orgasm through conventional masturbation. What should I do? (age 15)
A: Your erections will get better after you are finished with prone for a few months. Do not go back. Relax and focus on having an orgasm when next you masturbate by hand. It could easily take an hour.
I did prone masturbation for six months and I'm facing the same problems others have reported. What can I do now? I have stopped prone. May I need any kind of medication? Will it restore automatically after a while? (age 27)
A: I'm worried I don't understand your message completely. Did you really start prone masturbating six months ago? That is very unusual. Or did you mean you did it since puberty and quit six months ago? Either way, you did the most important thing by quitting. You will not need medication and will notice an improvement in your erections in a few months.
I have quite a small penis, admittedly. About 4 inches. I find myself grasping at it, rather than stroking up and down. Is this why I don't feel like I'm masturbating right? I don't think I'm holding it too tight, but I don't know for sure. I could be.
Is this a fear for many people who used to masturbate prone? The fear that they might still masturbating the wrong way, even after changing to hand? Yes, I know that sounds stupid, but I have fear of causing harm to my penis Also, I used to masturbate prone with clothes on. Don't ask me why. Did this mean I harmed it more so?
I hate that I ever masturbated prone. So embarrassing and potentially could harm one of the most important parts of the body. I wish someone had told me how to do it the right way when I was a teen. (age 22)
A: Use less force. One way to do this is to use a stroker like the Super Head Honcho, available on Amazon.com and Drugstore.com for about $15. Lots of people worry that their penises are too small, so I don't think your worry is unique to males who used to masturbate prone.
I've stopped masturbating prone for 20 days now. The conventional method has worked fine so far but I still often masturbate 3-5 times a day. Is that too much? Tonight I am really aroused but can't get hard. Should I be worried? (age 24)
A: Your frequency is extreme. Most males your age are falling back from one masturbatory session a day. Once a day is often enough for someone who only recently switched from prone. Do it less and you're apt to enjoy your sessions more and get erect more easily.
I tried masturbation using my hand after abstaining for 7 days. I read literotica to get myself aroused. My erection would come and go and to maintain constant erection I had to be reading the stories continuously. Even a little distraction and my erection would start falling. I kept rubbing my shaft by encircling the shaft in my loose hand in a way that my glans was stimulated indirectly by my hand coming to it from the shaft. I didn't enjoy the feeling I was getting from it. It became uncomfortable and I had to stop masturbating. The feeling can be described as the feeling you get when you rub your penis just after you have orgasmed. So it made me stop using my hand. I didn't go back to prone, though I was tempted. Is it normal to have this feeling in the initial phases of trying to recover yourself from prone? I fear it's a sign of some nerve damage I did while thrusting my penis against bed for the past 15 years. I used to masturbate pretty excessively during the last 4 years, even 5-6 times a day. (age 24)
A: Try to avoid touching your glans. You might even try wearing a lubricated condom while you're trying to switch. I would avoid using lube from a tube or bottle because you're obviously not used to it. I also don't know anything about literotica to masturbate with. Most males your age (and any age) prefer visual stimulation like pictures or videos. I doubt you have nerve damage. It's just something new to get used to.
I am 21 and have been masturbating prone since I was 14. You say various times that the amount of time you should go without ejaculating is one to two weeks and then try to masturbate normally, but I want to take a long 90 day break from masturbating of any kind and then try the normal way. Do you think this would be OK, or perhaps make the transition even easier?
A: Men your age masturbate daily. You are not going to quit masturbating for 90 days. A lot of men have trouble making it the week that I recommend they abstain before switching. As I have suggested, take a week off and then masturbate to orgasm using your hand. And work at accepting masturbation as normal, healthy, and fun, and even necessary for male sexual health. It is something you will always do.
I have masturbated prone from a young age. Since puberty, I have used both the normal method and prone, probably 5:1 in favor of the normal method. Since coming across HealthyStrokes.com, I am obviously going to stop masturbating prone. In some of the entries I notice an inability - at least initially - from those who have masturbated prone to ejaculate employing the more common method, and that your responses state that upon being able to ejaculate using the normal method (and not reverting to prone) that they should not have any issues when it comes to sex (assuming that they are otherwise healthy). I am definitely giving up prone masturbation, but I'm just, quite naturally, worried about the effects it might have had on me considering some of the consequences you have noted on this web site, and would like to know if it's possible that I'll be OK if I only masturbate the normal way from now on. Thanks for HealthyStrokes.com and the work you do. (age 19)
A: You seem to be a virgin. You don't report any experience with intercourse or any trouble with intercourse. If you give up prone and then become sexually active, I think you will be fine.
I quit prone masturbation nearly a month ago and I don't have the desire to do it again. The conventional way works great and my erections have already started to get better. Some days I have to tense my whole genital region really hard to achieve orgasm, and when I start tensing, my erection gets weaker. Why is that? Should I try to unlearn the whole tensing thing? (age 24)
A: When you're tensing, you're trying really hard to masturbate. Maybe your body wants to wait until the next day to have another orgasm. When you're really relaxed and having a good time trying to get to orgasm, you don't need to tense like that.
I have been masturbating prone since my teenage years and have just come across HealthyStrokes.com and started an abstinence period before switching to practice the supine way. I was thinking of purchasing a Fleshlight to use when masturbating. Do you not recommended these as they involve inserting the erect lubricated penis into a silicone sleeve to simulate sex? (age 35)
A: I recommend that you cure yourself of prone masturbation by learning to masturbate with your hand. The thing I don't like about the Fleshlight is that they have a rigid case that doesn't feel like either sex or masturbating. If you want to try a sleeve after you have learned to masturbate with your hand, I recommend the Super Head Honcho.
I have been prone masturbating from the time I was four but I did not realize what it was. I basically just hump the ground and it feels really good but when I turned 12, when i did it, I noticed my pants were wet after doing it. Soon after I discovered I was masturbating. I knew that there was another way to do it, but I always prefered my way, not knowing how harmful it was. When I came across HealthyStrokes.com, I stopped. I masturbated normally for days but it didn't feel good. Clear liquid came out of my penis but that's as close as I got. I then tried again and again to give it up but I kept caving in and masturbating prone. Finally in the new year, I went twelve days without masturbating but I only went three full days of abstaining completely without touching myself. I caved again and on the first of February I tried again but only made 15 days with only 3 days abstaining and caved again. Is my penis never going to fix itself and can you give me tips? I know if I stay away from porn it'll be a lot easier. (age 15)
A: Why are you asking me when you already know the answer? Avoid touching yourself at all during the abstention period; stay away from porn; and do not go back to prone if you're not successful at masturbating conventionally at first.
How long should I expect to reach climax my first time conventionally? (age 19)
A: It could take as long as 45 minutes to an hour. If you can't masturbate to orgasm in an hour, stop and try again in two days.
I have read your prone masturbation article and I am very concerned at the damage I may have done prone masturbating. How much damage would I have done if I did this for example 300 times? And if I get back on a normal track will I completely fix this damage? (age 16)
A: At your age, males can switch to supine very easily. 300 times is not so many; most males masturbate more than that in only one year. Resolve to give up prone, and I think you will be A-OK within a few months.
I am 37 years old and just came across HealthyStrokes.com tonight. It was like being struck by a lightning bolt. I have been prone masturbating since I started masturbating in my early teens, and I always have problems climaxing with a partner, though I can occassionally. I never made the connection that the prone was the issue, and I blamed myself. With your site, I think I can fix what's wrong with me. THANK YOU!
I am 37 and just came across HealthyStrokes.com tonight. It was like being struck by a lightning bolt. I have been prone masturbating since I started masturbating in my early teens, and I have always had problems climaxing with a partner, though I can occasionally. I never made the connection that the prone was the issue and just blamed myself. With your site, I think I can fix what's wrong with me. THANK YOU!
I have been masturbating prone since I started. A couple years ago I switched to hand and after a few times it was easy to do it. But that was like for just one week and then I went back to prone. Do you think at my age I can solve it easily? (age 20)
A: Yes, I do. Since you already know how to masturbate conventionally, just give up prone. You will be glad you did.
I am trying to overcome prone, and I commonly use the Vaseline-in-plastic-bag method, except I wrap the bag with a rag and place hair ties over it. Is this OK, or should I be using my hand and my hand only? (age 17)
A: Use your hand and only your hand.
I just want to say thank you for making this site. With help from HealthyStrokes.com, I am finally nearly fully recovered from prone masturbating. I never masturbated by hand, ever. When I first discovered your site, I was 16 and I was crestfallen because I thought I'd never be able to do it. Now at the age of 21, I finally reached orgasm with my hand from start to finish. I used to masturbate by thrusting into my hands and when I was about to cum, I'd turn over and finish, and then I gave up for a little bit and I finally buckled down and did it normally. I was so proud of myself. You've changed my life so much. I was having major erectile dysfunction. Now I have good hard erections. I still have trouble keeping it up, but I know in time I'll get better. (age 21)
A: Many males at age 16 (or younger) find HealthyStrokes.com and switch to conventional masturbation that same week. I have no idea why you waited five years to switch.
I masturbated prone for nearly 10 years. I started when I was 8-9 humping the edges of tables, and then discovered doing it prone. I've been reading HealthyStrokes.com and it's really helpful, which is why I stopped masturbating prone about two months ago and tried the normal way. Even though I had no problem with the normal way, I still used to go prone often too. I ejaculate within a minute or two. Recently I had a make-out session with a girl (first time) and though I was hard for a long time, when she put her hand down my pants, maybe after an hour or so, I was limp. I don't have any problem masturbating but I think I might have a problem getting fully erect without touching. When I was making we were grinding and maybe that's why I ejaculated and lost my erection. What should I do? (age 18)
A: Decide to give up prone forever. Be sure to let your girlfriend know that you're inexperienced and that it might take a few minutes to get an erection whenever you change what you're doing. Instead of her reaching down your pants, get completely naked and take time to get relaxed so that you can get erect when you're ready. Ejaculating from grinding is not such a bad thing. Hooray for you.
I came across your article about a month ago and it scared me out of prone masturbation. I have not masturbated prone since then and have done it almost every day the regular way. Before quitting prone, I tried to have sex twice and both times I got hard and then went soft right away. Do you think this is from prone masturbation? I have been doing it as long as I can remember. (age 16)
A: Yes, I think your erectile trouble was caused by prone. But you were also new to sex. Now that you've been prone-free for a month, you can try sex with a partner any day now. Take your time and relax.
I will quit prone masturbarion, but I'm afraid that because of my age it will be difficult or even impossible. I'm a virgin and when I have had the opportunity to have intercourse, I couldn't achieve a good erection. (age 26)
A: You are young. You will be fine. Resolve to give up prone masturbation forever and start right now. You will be masturbating by hand at this time next week, and I suspect you will have nice erections for intercourse by the 4th of July, perhaps sooner.
I just switched from prone to conventional and can't orgasm at all no matter how long I masturbate. I don't know if I'm doing something wrong or if it's part of the switch. (age 16)
A: When you think you're getting close to orgasm, masturbate as hard and fast as you can until you reach orgasm. Make sure your mind is in an aroused state. Once you're successful, work at stroking more slowly and using less force.
It is difficult for me to achieve a full erection during intercourse, fellatio or when receiving a hand job. Usually, I'm at like 80%. It also takes me a very long time to reach orgasm.
I masturbated prone for the first 5 years of my masturbation career, and am on the first year masturbating normally. I use the "death grip" technique and can only go slowly up and down the shaft. I believe this is because my penis is desensitized but I am no doctor. (age 19)
A: Congratulations on quitting prone. Now you need to work at using less force when you masturbate. I recommend a toy called the Super Head Honcho, available for about $15 on Amazon or Drugstore.com, among others. It will help you learn to use less force.
Will masturbating prone leaving any last damage or can you recover completely?
How do I know if I'm masturbating the right way? I do it by hand, but I'm still worried I may be doing it wrong somehow. (age 22)
A: All most males have to do is stop masturbating prone and learn to masturbate the conventional way and they are A-OK. I have never known a case where prone caused physical damage. You're doing it right when you masturbate to orgasm by stroking up and down with one hand and don't resort to prone.
I use prone to turn myself on and I thrust my penis into my hand. As soon as I feel comfortable, I switch to conventional masturbation. Is that OK? (age 17)
A: No, it isn't. You want to give up prone altogether and only masturbate conventionally. Take some time off from masturbating until you can masturbate from start to finish using only the up and down stroke of your hand.
I've been masturbating prone since I was 5 or 6 and I tried stopping just this week (on day 4) and I feel that it's just not possible for me to stop. I've been doing this for 20+ years and I just feel I'm in too deep now. I remember trying to stop years ago but I just couldn't. It didn't feel good or satisfying using my hand. I'm also not circumcised and I'm just not used to feeling my penis when it's erect. It feels weird and I can't get into this.
I really wish that they taught this kind of stuff in school. It would've saved a lot of us who have been afflicted with it. I haven't actually done the full deed of masturbating against the bed like I normally do but I catch myself lightly grinding against it whenever I'm bored. Does doing this affect the teaching and thus, I have to start over again? I'm just curious because this is my third attempt trying so I just wanted to know if I'm going to have to start over the minute I lie down and lightly grind/thrust? (age 25)
A: You are young. You can switch to hand masturbation. Many guys were much older than you and did it. Do not do any form of prone while you're abstaining. Take a full week off from any kind of sex or masturbation and then masturbate to orgasm by hand. You will enjoy it a lot.
Is there a medical issue for prone? Like a vein isssue or something? Are we just relaxing veins and arteries? Because there has to be a scientific reason for impotence.
A: Impotence is a strong word usually reserved for physical erectile dysfunction. There is also psychogenic erectile dysfunction. Prone masturbation causes psychogenic ED by habituating the male to have orgasms only with punishing force.
If I gave up prone at 16, does that my your penis should be OK, that there won't be any issues with it? (age 22)
A: Yes. If you gave up prone six years ago, you should be perfectly fine now.
I think I may have some skin damage on my scrotum from prone masturbation. I used to masturbate prone while favoring my left side, so my left testicle rubbed against the mattress more than my right. I've stopped masturbating prone for a year and a half but the front of my scrotum is still numb on the left side and I've lost some pubic hair there. However I can still feel pain from a pinch so I don't think it's nerve damage. Has anyone else had this problem? Will it heal if I just leave it completely alone for a while? (age 22)
A: Don't pinch. Don't worry about scrotal numbness. Don't worry at all. Just leave it alone and it will be fine.
Thanks for providing such great information on this site. I'm 36 and have been masturbating prone for as long as I can remember and have always had soft erections. I'm going to start re-teaching myself with the steps that you provided on your site.
Can I be cured at my age? I notice many of your questions were from teenagers and 20-somethings.
A: Yes. Many men your age have given up prone. Please read through the three prone comments pages and you will find many exchanges with men in their 30s and older.
For so many years I've been ashamed of the way I masturbated. I'm currently 20 years old and since I was 13 I have been masturbating using the prone method. Not only am I shocked that there is a name for "my way," I'm overjoyed that there are so many others like me, and spanning back so far at that.
For the lack of better words, I've recently began to worry about the state of my penis. Just today, I pleasured myself using this method 6 times; with only short, few minute breaks between each one before I got semi-hard again. I put a pressure right above my scrotum and I keep it there while my penis rests in the palm of my hand meeting the tip of my fingers. After that, I thrust until completion.
I recognize that I have a problem, but I don't know if I have the will to fix it. It is quite difficult for me to masturbate the normal way.
A: You can do it. You are young. Since you've found HealthyStrokes.com, you can see the stories on this page and the two previous ones with reports from men who were a lot older than you when they changed and had been masturbating prone for many more than seven years. Joining the online support group might help.
I've been masturbating prone since October 2011 on occasion and daily since December 2013 and so far have gone four days of not doing it, but I tried to conventionally do it today. Do I have to start over? (age 16)
A: If you did it prone, restart the clock and aim for seven days. If you didn't go back to prone, wait two more days before trying again.
Does prone masturbation cause male pattern baldness? (age 22)
I am a 22 year old virgin male. I discovered masturbation by rubbing myself against the seat of my bike. Later I started doing it prone but with a pillow or sheets stuffed between my legs while I lay down. After learning the harms of prone masturbation here on HealthyStrokes.com, I tried hard but was not able to do it the normal way even after a month's abstinence. When I tried stuffing a bed sheet and crossing my legs tightly and masturbating lying on my back, I was able to do it. I am not gay and am attracted to women. But sometimes I imagine myself in the woman's position while masturbating. I am afraid if I can engage in normal coitus. (age 22)
A: There is no woman's position. You seem to have replaced one dysfunctional form of masturbating with another. Please review the cure plan on HealthyStrokes.com more carefully and follow it. Do not go back to prone and do not do the sheet stuffing thing.
I have masturbating prone prone since age 14 and been struggling with anxiety disorder. During prone masturbation, I feel a pain in my heart after every session, but during conventional masturbation, I've not been experiancing pain in my heart. (age 23)
A: I've never heard that before. The solution seems to be to give up prone masturbation and only masturbate conventionally, which is what I've been encouraging anyway.
I just wanted to thank you for everything! I'm from Germany and it seems there are no German reports about prone masturbation. I stopped prone in January and noticed a great difference in my erections very soon and I feel so much better now! Does erection hardness depend on how often you masturbate? Because there are days I do it 3 or 4 times and after that my erections aren't as hard as when I stop doing it for 1-3 days. Then they are significantly better, really rock hard. (age 24)
A: Maybe you can write a web site about prone masturbation in German. I'd really like that. Yes, you are apt to have better erections and orgasms when you abstain for a few days instead of pounding yourself multiple times in one day. Congratulations on overcoming prone.
I have stopped prone for a month but I still can't masturbate using my hand. I can get erect but I can't ejaculate. Please help me!!! (age 15)
A: Do not go back to prone. Continue to try to masturbate by hand every other day. When you do, try to be as aroused as you can. You will succeed soon.
Can prone masturbation lead to a desensitization and thickening of the penile skin? I'm experiencing this now. My underside can feel almost zero pleasure and I've stopped prone for a while now. Can this be reversed or am I stuck like this? (age 22)
A: It is typical for males who masturbate prone to feel desensitized. Their erections and feeling will be much better 3-4 months after giving up prone. I doubt your skin has gotten any thicker. If it's still bothering you six months after you stopped prone, please see a urologist.
I did prone mixed with regular (dry) masturbation for about 2 years. Then for about a month I did nothing but prone at least once per night. Then one night I noticed I had lost sensation in the exact area where my penis was contacting the mattress. Mainly the base of the penis and front of the scrotum. I can still feel pain when I poke there or pinch there so I'm pretty sure it's not nerve damage.
This happened nearly a year and a half ago and it hasn't gotten much better, which leads me to believe my brain is still used to the pressure from prone, or the nerve endings/penis skin have still not healed.
During this year and a half timespan I've still masturbated normally and have never had any problems having an orgasm. My penis is less sensitive to the same stimuli (I can't really feel a draft when taking off my underwear that much). I'm mainly concerned about the lack of pleasurable feeling I'm having. I'm just having trouble feeling stimulation. Is it going to come back?
A: Only a urologist could tell you for sure. I'm inclined to believe he would dismiss you rather quickly and tell you your anatomy is fine. If you think it isn't, then be sure you're only masturbating conventionally and have completely given up prone. I also suggest masturbating with lube if you're not already.
I have always masturbated prone. If I change to normal now, is it already too late? Will I suffer bad effects? (age 16)
A: No, you will be fine. It is never too late. I suspect you have never had intercourse. Better to change now than to endure more years of prone and then have to explain yourself to a partner.
I have been masturbating prone for 6-7 years, possibly longer. Will I have problems in intercouse? I masturbate 1-2 times a day. (age 21)
A: Your chances for success at intercourse are greatest if you stop prone now and start having intercourse later this year. You have both the problems of practicing prone (and doing it very often) and being a virgin at age 21. I suggest you swear off prone forever. You will be masturbating by hand by May Day, and enjoying it. Then start looking for opportunities to have intercourse around the end of May.
I just turned 20 a week ago. I have been masturbating prone for about 6 years, and when I surfed onto this site, I got the biggest shock ever sbout the dangers of masturbating this way. I immediately stopped doing prone. This was two days ago. I tried that day to masturbate conventionally but couldn't ejaculate. I took yesterday as a break and tried today and after 30 minutes or so, I couldn't do it, then after a break I decided to give it another try and I finally came in the conventional way using my hand! It definitely felt good but took about 10 minutes this time. I just wanted to thank you, you really helped me and made me aware of things I never knew. Should I masturbate again every other day? Only when I have an erection?
A: You went kind of fast, but congratulations. I would have advised you to wait a week before masturbating by hand for the first time, or at least four days. I suspect you're not going to wait, but every other day for the first week is typical, and then every day for a month. Only masturbate when you can obtain an erection.
Been doing prone 80% and supine 20%. Is it OK if I masturbate the conventional way 3 days later because I can get hard myself with visual aids? (age 20)
A: You don't need to abstain. Just swear off prone forever and make it prone 0% and supine 100%.
I am prone masturbation addicted. From the age of 15 I have only masturbated prone. Now I am 30 and am facing problems in intercourse. Can I become normal? Please help me and save me. Thanks in advance.
A: You are not addicted. You merely have a bad habit that you started 15 years ago. All you have to do is give up prone. Wait until it's a week since you masturbated last and then masturbate by hand. You will be a lot better right away and might not even remember what prone was like after 3-4 months.
I have been doing prone since age 11. Throughout my life, I could never reach orgasm with a woman during normal sex. I don't feel any sensations during penetration and it is very frustrating. I lost my marriage because of this, as my wife could never understand why I couldn't climax with her. This caused us to drift apart.
I was never successful masturbating by hand, only prone. I am very depressed and feel that prone has destroyed my life and that I can never have a normal sexual relationship with a woman. (age 43)
A: I suggest joining the support group for men who masturbate prone. Many of the men in the group have experienced what you have. It is very possible to change. You could be having successful intercourse with a woman as early as next month.
I feel odd about contacting you, but after coming across HealthyStrokes.com and realizing my prone masturbation was a problem, I figured talking to an expert might help.
I'm 17, and after a date last night I had the opportunity to have sex for the first time with my girlfriend. I was not able to become erect enough, which caused me to be very concerned, so I started searching for what the problem might be and came across your site.
I began masturbating prone when I self-discovered and did not realize it was a problem until now. In the past, I have been unable to become stimulated enough by oral sex or hands to finish, and have consequently had dry sex several times with my previous partner. I imagine this might have worsened the problem.
My current partner was cool about last night and suggested that we try again after her school prom in three weeks. She lives about an hour from me so I will likely not see her until then. I have known her for several years as a friend, have come to care for her a great deal, and worry about losing her -- she suggested that off-handedly that we may not have physical chemistry, which is worrying. In the long term I would like to normalize my masturbation. In the short term I would very much like to keep my partner and, if possible, have sex. Is three weeks without prone enough time for me to adjust to normal intercourse? And if I cannot finish by myself normally within that period, should I abstain altogether? (age 17)
A: If you have really stopped prone, I think you could masturbate conventionally as soon as this weekend and would have made enough progress in three weeks to have intercourse. The worst that could happen is that you would be the same as you were last night, so you have nothing to lose by trying. I say go for it.
I did not know about the dangers of prone masturbation until today. I realize that I have been using this technique for 23 years. I wonder if that's the record. I have been married 13 years and have two kids. I don't feel like intercourse often but I have been masturbating prone almost every day. (I masturbate with my penis straight up and pressing on the mattress with my entire penis getting the pressure.) I am not comfortable in any other position besides missionary. My wife understands and we never have tried anything different in 13 years of marriage. I cannot ejacuate in any other position. I always need support on my legs during intercourse. Today I realized that it's because of my prone habit.
Can you kindly suggest what should be my actions from now? I am really upset and at the same time happy that I at least came to know now about all this. (age 38)
A: 23 years is definitely not the record. Resolve to give up prone forever. Try masturbating by hand in about a week and then do it daily for a month. Then have intercourse in the missionary position. After a few months, you will be more confident about having intercourse in other positions.
I have been masturbating prone for years. I have been experiencing no erection even when watch I porn for a few days which is not common at all. How can I be normal again? (age 21)
A: I urge you to give up prone. You will be masturbating by hand within a week or so and will notice an improvement in your erections within a few months.
You saved my life! I tried one week of leaving prone and then I couldn't masturbate conventionally. Then I just left it alone for one more day! I just shifted and today had a orgasm that i never had before! I stroke it very fast and in a ring shape. Is that correct? (age 19)
A: Yes, that is typical. The one week stated on HealthyStrokes.com is only a guideline. Some males can masturbate conventionally very soon, and others take two weeks or more. If eight days worked for you, then it worked. You are doing it correctly and are apt to stroke less fast as you get more experienced at regular masturbation.
I really want to share my positive experience after visiting HealthyStrokes.com. I have been masturbating prone for more than 20 years and recently came across this site. I am able to masturbate by hand now daily and I was able to shift in less than a week. Masturbating by hand still takes longer time for me (sometimes up to 30 minutes), I feel it's a better practice.
I was having quick ejacuation. Will this new better habit will help me to delay my ejacuation and also give a better experience to my partner? (age 38)
A: I don't know much about quick ejaculation. Most men who masturbate prone (or have a history of it) have the opposite problem. I suspect giving up prone will make it easier to cure your quick ejaculation, but I don't know for sure. If the problem persists, perhaps you should consult a professional.
I masturbated prone for a few years and have since stopped. Is it normal for the skin around the base of the penis to become loose and stretched out from prone masturbation? I haven't seen anything saying so on your web site. (age 23)
A: You haven't seen that because I've never heard of it before. Skin doesn't get stretched out easily. Don't worry about that.
I have just stopped prone masturbating and no longer have the urge to do it. Will my erections get harder? They aren't as strong as I remember. (age 17)
A: Congratulations on giving up prone. That's tough for a lot of males to do. You will notice a difference in your erections in 3-4 months after stopping prone.
I have been masturbating prone since I was 12. During the past few year while talking to my friends, I have come to realize that they masturbate differently from me; however, I did not think that prone masturbation was wrong, so I continued. Recently, I got in a sexual relationship for the first time and the sex went on for almost half an hour without my having an orgasm. This led me to HealthyStrokes.com. For the past month I have been trying to masturbate using my fist and I have been successful within 10 minutes. However, I always need visual aids. I find it very difficult to masturbate not using porn. Also I have skipped the process of abstinence. All I want is an orgasm during sex. Should I try over again following abstinence? Or should I continue to masturbate using my fist using porn and wait patiently? (age 21)
A: The point of the abstinence period is to help you masturbate to orgasm by hand for the first time. Since you can do that, you don't need to abstain. There is nothing wrong with needing visual aids, especially at your age. You should expect to need them to masturbate. Good luck at reaching orgasm in intercourse. You ought to be able to do that now.
I'm used to masturbating prone since I was 9-10. It's been almost 13 years now. In November 2016, I tried having sex but I wasn't getting erect. I was completely shocked. The doctor gave me Cialis 20 mg. I tried it twice and it didn't work. Imagine a naked girl lying in front of me and I'm not even able to get it half erect. I guess prone really is harmful. If I follow your advice about switching to the conventional method, will I be able to get the proper erection for sex? (age 23)
A: Yes, your erections will improve within a few months. Please decide to give up prone forever.
I may be young but I think it's much better to cure prone masturbation at an early age. I started at the age of 11. Masturbation has to be performed privately, so can I practice the normal way in the bathroom? (age 15)
A: Yes, you certainly can, but I assume you masturbate prone in bed, so why wouldn't you practice the regular way there?
I have been doing prone masturbation for years. I stopped for a week and I am unable to get an orgasm by hand. Should I use a visual aid like porn to help me? (age 21)
A: Yes, you definitely should use some exciting visual aids. I can't imagine learning a new way to masturbate at your age without them.
You say, "While still a form of prone masturbation, thrusting into your hand is less harmful than thrusting against bedding, the floor, or some other object." How do we know if we're thrusting or not? A lot of us didn't realize prone was bad until recently, so how do we know if we're doing it the right way now?
I worry that the first couple of years of transitioning to hand, I was still thrusting somewhat. I don't think I'm thrusting now, but I still worry as I don't want to be harming my penis somehow, which is a big worry of mine. (age 22)
A: You're thrusting if you're lying face down and masturbating prone by forcing your penis into or against something, like your bedding, mattress, pillow, or your hand. If you lie on your back and stroke your penis up and down, then you're not thrusting. Although thrusting into your hand is only slightly less dangerous than thrusting into bedding, mattress, or pillow, I recommend that males who are having difficulty giving up prone switch to it as a transitional step. After a few months of thrusting into the hand, it will make it easier to start stroking by hand.
You always write that you do not know a case where prone masturbation cause physical damage. But in one reply you wrote, "Out of thousands of males I've interacted with, only a handful have reported any physical injuries attributable to prone masturbation." What type of injuries? (age 33)
A: You're right. That's a contradiction. My standard line is that prone does not cause physical damage. When I wrote that reply, I must have recently heard from one of the few males with a report of physical injury. A few males have had urologists tell them the opening to their urethra (called the meatus) is irregular (probably from years of thrusting against fabric), and a small number have had other kinds of penile injuries diagnosed via ultrasound. But overwhelmingly, males with a history of masturbating prone have completely normal penises, and even of the ones who don't, it's not a sure thing that prone caused their irregularities. Either way, a male who masturbates prone should give up the habit and learn to enjoy regular masturbation and regular sex.
Follow-up: From the few males with a report of physical injury diagnosed via ultrasound, do these cases concern venous leaks, plaques, etc., or urethral stricture? From what I understand, the only area of ??the urethra that can be damaged by prone masturbation is the meatus.
A: Again, I've dealt with tens of thousands of males with a history of masturbating prone, and only a small number (less than 10) have ever reported being diagnosed with a physical injury. So few that I can't remember them. I think we can conclude that prone masturbation does not cause physical damage to the genitals; but that a few who masturbate prone (perhaps about the same as the non-prone population) will be diagnosed at some point with a genital injury. Males need to give up prone as soon as they learn that it is a cause of sexual dysfunctions and not wait until they have a frank physical injury.
I've tried giving up prone masturbation before but wound up doing it in my sleep. What happens if I can't ejaculate from hand and I backslide in my sleep? (age 22)
A: I suggest wearing heavier clothing to bed. You're less likely to sleep masturbate if you're wearing warm-up pants and underwear as opposed to sleeping nude or only wearing thin underwear.
I've been prone masturbating from the age of 6 and like many only realized in my early teens that I was different. At 18 I lost my virginity but couldn't maintain and erection and couldn't ejaculate, a problem that has persisted and affected my confidence. I physically cannot have sex with women. I have tried and failed in giving up before and am now finding HealthyStrokes.com. I'm distraught that I've irreversibly damaged my penis/fertility because I started so young. Is it too late for me to have a normal sex life? (age 22)
A: Yes, you can. Many men have changed when they were a lot older than you and had been masturbating prone longer. It's never too late to change. Get on with the program now.
After abstaining from masturbation for a week, I attempted to ejaculate normally for the first time. I was getting into it and thought I was going to ejaculate when a more liquid substance came out. I think I just ended up urinating somehow but I'm not sure as the room was dark but it definitely wasn't thick like normal semen. I tried to start again but felt soft and more sensitive. Is any of this normal and what do I do next? (age 24)
A: It was probably pre-cum (bulbourethral fluid). Don't let it bother you. Be sure to urinate before masturbating so the feeling won't bother you in the middle. Try again tomorrow.
I've been masturbating prone daily since I was 13 and now I'm addicted to it. Can I be cured? (age 19)
A: Yes. You are younger and have been masturbating prone less than many of the males who have successfully switched. You are not addicted. You simply, like most males, find daily masturbation to be a pleasant habit.
I am 15 and have been masturbating prone since childhood. I read about the harmful effects of prone a week ago and I tried to do it the normal way but I couldn't ejaculate, so today I masturbated prone. Can I be cured also?
A: Yes, but you have to decide not to do prone anymore, especially if you don't succeed your first time masturbating by hand. Try again in two days. Do not go back to prone if you can't reach orgasm by hand. You might have to wait a full seven days before being successful by hand.
I have been masturbating prone for over ten years. When I masturbate, my penis is flaccid and I rub my foreskin against my hand, so I am not used to ejaculating with an erection. I have tried a few times to masturbate the normal way after a week, but I always get frustrated that I can't ejaculate and start doing prone again. I've now tried again and I came really close to ejaculating but it feels more intense and my penis aches when I get close. I think I have a fear of ejaculating the normal way. I am going to go another 24 hours and try again. What should I do when I get close? (age 23)
A: When you think you might reach orgasm by hand, stroke as hard and fast as you can until you have an orgasm. It's time to put prone behind you. As you get accustomed to masturbating by hand, you will use less force and a slower stroke.
I have been masturbating prone for over 10 years. I knew that it was different, but that is just the way that I learned. I mentioned it to my parents once and they said it was OK as long as I wasn't hurting myself.
I can masturbate with my hand too, it just takes 2-3 times longer. I do it occasionally to change things up because I think it gives me a more powerful orgasm. Having sex a few months ago (one of my first times) I noticed that I didn't have much sensation during vaginal or oral sex. I wasn't able to orgasm except for once during oral, but I usually had to think about a type of porn or something to do that. The past 5 days I have been masturbating with my hand only and with lube. If I never masturbate prone again, will it be as if I had never masturbated like that before? Will I regain sensitivity in my penis? I am worried that I have permanently damaged or altered my sexual experiences from now on. I know my problems are not as severe as some, but they are still worrying me.
If you can cure yourself from "death grip" or prone masturbation and not have any damage, then why do you urge people to quit ASAP? Is it just so they don't waste anymore time having a bad sex life? Or have I actually been doing damage to myself? (age 23)
A: You're the first male I've ever known who discussed prone masturbation with his parents. You can't erase 10 years of the legacy of prone simply by giving up prone, but it's a good start. You will notice a difference in your erections and sensitivity within 3-4 months. I urge people to switch ASAP because there is no good and only harm to come from masturbating prone. The sooner you switch, the sooner you can realize the benefits of giving up prone. The damage is not physical but is to the processes that let you reach orgasm.
I have been masturbating both prone and supine since I was 11. I do prone a lot more often. If I refrain from prone, will I be able to get erections easier when I'm with my partner? (age 18)
Prone is a dangerous habit. If you're having trouble getting erections with a partner at your age, your prone masturbation is almost certainly the cause. Since you already know how to masturbate supine, simply decide to give up prone masturbation forever.
I've been training myself to not masturbate prone, and I was wondering if I can keep it up, will my penis be able to fully straighten out, because my erect penis hangs downward from masturbating prone.
A: Once you give up prone, you're apt to notice an improvement in your erections in 3-4 months. You don't know for sure that the condition of your penis has anything to do with prone. Deal with one thing at a time.
I masturbated prone for about 3 years and I got pretty carried away with it for the last month before I quit 18 months ago. I've noticed I've lost pubic hair (the skin looks smooth as well) in the area where my penis/scrotum used to get the most friction from prone. I guess this makes sense, kinda like when you lose hair on your ankles from wearing socks for so many years. I assume it's not going to grow back though. Is this a normal consequence of masturbating prone? (age 17)
A: Yes, many have noticed that. Not only that, but hair is less likely to ever grow on the chest, abdomen, and even the tops of the legs. Many guys have noticed only stubbly hair on the tops of the legs, even when they have hair growing everywhere else on their legs. (I have not yet been able to get anyone to send me a photo documenting this stubbly leg hair growth.)
Many males have noticed that after they give up prone, hair suddenly comes in on their chests and abdomens where it wasn't before, and their leg hair becomes normal all over. All that vigorous thrusting does abraid hair and inhibit its growth.
I removed any mention of this from HealthyStrokes.com many years ago, because it was leading people to think the whole prone masturbation thing was a joke.
Follow-up: I used to shave my pubic hair but have stopped. Do you know if the pubic hair lost from prone (they call hair loss from repeated stress traction alopecia) will come back? I've noticed my skin has been less sensitive as well. I've been moisturizing the skin to see if it helps. Should I go to a dermatologist?
A: If you quit prone 18 months ago, whatever hair growth was inhibited should be back to normal. It might be that what you have now is what you have.
I quit prone masturbation after visiting your site 3 months ago. I'm a virgin. Three days ago I went to a massage center and I tried the happy ending session. I felt nervous during the session and didn't get an erection even when she was giving me manual intercourse. I don't have any problems having erections when I masturbate. I masturbate 4 times a week on average. (age 20)
A: I advise against the use of prostitutes. They don't help anyone get over sexual dysfunctions. They are a source of disease and dysfunctions. If you have never had intercourse and only gave up prone three months ago, it is not surprising that you had trouble getting an erection with a hooker. Find a woman you really want to have sex with. She will be willing to take the time to see that you get properly aroused before sexual relations.
I have always masturbated prone. I'm not able to ejaculate any other way. I'm not getting spontaneous erections. I didn't know there were more guys in this situation and it is a relief to find out I'm not the only one. Do you think I'm still on time to learn to masturbate the normal way? Does prone masturbating make it hard to reach orgasm in intercourse? (age 24)
A: I suspect you've never had intercourse. Now is an excellent time to give up prone and learn to masturbate conventionally. Get yourself used to regular hand masturbation before you need to try to reach orgasm with a partner.
I'm trying to masturbate the conventional way and it's really hard not to do prone! Could prone affect the way I look at women, because I feel like I'm really sexually attracted to girls. If I switch, could it help me mentally? (age 14)
A: I'm not understanding your question. Once you switch, you will have the same fantasies you do now. You will be aroused by the same people you are now. Why not give up prone while you're still young, and by the time you're ready to mount a partner, you will have completely put your time doing prone behind you.
I am on day 9 of abstinence. I tried yesterday (day 8) and today and had no orgasm, though I felt I was close. I am going to try again tomorrow. During the no masturbating period you say that it's important to not masturbate so that the penis becomes more sensitive. Is my attempting to masturbate yesterday and today going to negatively impact my future attempt tomorrow because my penis will now be less sensitive, even though I only masturbated in the correct position those two days? (age 19)
I suggest waiting two days if you don't reach orgasm while masturbating by hand. When you think you're close, stroke as hard and fast as you can until you reach orgasm. Once you're accustomed to masturbating that way, work at using less force and a slower stroke.
I quit prone masturbation many months ago yet I can't get or maintain an erection while lying on my stomach or going on all fours, unless I go all the way down so my penis is touching the bed. Is this normal for men with a history of prone? How can I fix it? I used to be able to keep an erection while on all fours before. (age 23)
A: I don't know why you need to have an erection like that. Lying on your stomach with an erection would tempt a lot of males who used to do prone to go back to it. You don't say how many months, but it usually takes at least 3-4 before a male notices an improvement in his erections.
I stumbled upon HealthyStrokes.com today after masturbating prone. I am a near virgin, have been proning since I was 11. I remember my first time at prone. I was just rolling around on my bed, and it felt good, and I ejaculated. It freaked me out. At that age, I proned because it felt good and it didn't seem like masturbation since I wasn't using my hands. I continue to prone because I honestly think it feels a lot better. And it lasts a lot longer. I think that most who masturbate by hand can't last as long as I do.
Are certain traits likely to lead a boy to prone? I was a very shy kid, sometimes bullied, and extremely skinny. When I turned 20, I suddenly became better looking. I am frequently complimented on my appearance, but I still am a romantic underachiever. I have a lack of confidence and lack of success.
Do you think that nebbish or late blooming males are more likely to start proning?
I think that proners know it is unusual, so we don't dare speak of it.
I have suffered erectile dysfunction. When I have a sexual encounter, it is rarely with a woman I actually desire. It is usually because she thinks I am handsome and she picked me up, so I am rarely really that into it. This is a chronic problem, and I never thought that my proning would be a cause of it. (age 33)
A: Males who masturbate prone don't share the same set of traits. They come from all walks of life. Some are shy and "nebbishy"; some are outgoing and sexually active precociously. The average age at first intercourse for a male who masturbates prone is nearly the same as for a male who doesn't.
In fact, males who start masturbating early are at higher risk for doing it prone. Your own story bears this out. Stroking a prepubescent penis is not likely to yield much, but that same boy might get a result if used the greater force of masturbating prone on his penis.
I suggest giving up prone and learning to masturbate by hand. Once you've accomplished that, find some women that you're generally interested in and have sex with them. You'll like sex a lot better under those circumstances.
Finally, stop thinking of yourself as a victim of prone. Prone is only a dysfunction, not a lifestyle. It's like throwing a baseball underhand. You can change. Many men were older than you when they changed.
If I don't enjoy using my hand as much as prone, can I still do prone? Should I be ashamed that I jack off? (age 14)
A: Prone is bad for you. Prone is dangerous. That's why you want to give up prone and use your hand to masturbate like a normal guy. You should not be ashamed, but many guys your age are. As you get older, it will be easier for you to accept masturbation as normal, healthy, and fun, and even necessary for male sexual health. You will like your hand much better than prone.
I have been masturbating prone since my teens. I know I have ED. I cannot get a good erection unless I am thrusting against my bed. I thought it was because of poor circulation but all my functions and blood work are normal. If I stop masturbating prone, can I regain my erection? (age 48)
A: Yes. You are apt to notice an improvement in your erections 3-4 months after giving up prone.
I just stopped prone for a week and I went to masturbate by hand and it took me about 20 minutes and then I gave up because nothing happened. Is that normal? What should I do? (age 14)
A: Yes, that is typical. Your first time masturbating by hand after quitting prone might easily take 45 minutes to an hour, and you might not succeed even then. Do not go back to prone. Take two days off and try again. When you think you're getting close, stroke as hard and fast as you can until you orgasm. After you're more experienced masturbating by hand, work at stroking less hard and fast.
I've been masturbating prone since I was 9-10 years old. Now I just came across HealthyStrokes.com and I notice that the skin around my penis hasn't retracted at all. The glans is still very sensitive, although I'm aware it shouldn't be at my age. Would masturbating in the conventional way help me with that too? (age 22)
A: A sensitive glans is a good thing. Masturbating prone will tend to desensitize the penis. If you give up prone (which you know I think you should), it will tend to make your glans even more sensitive. You might be describing a condition called phimosis, which a doctor could diagnose. Whether or not you have phimosis, you should give up prone and switch to conventional hand masturbation.
After the week of abstinence, I masturbated conventionally for 30 minutes with no success, so I tried again later that night, but when I did, my penis was aching. Is that a good sign? (age 14)
A: No. Aching means you're using too much force. When you didn't succeed, you should have waited two days before trying again. Keep at it.
I prone masturbated for 3 years and was able to switch to normal masturbation by hand within two weeks. When I masturbate by hand now, I find that I finish within 1-2 minutes if I think of something extremely arousing. It has been like this for two years and I haven't been able to last longer while maturbating. Is this a problem? (age 18)
A: If you think it is. Most males like to last longer than 1-2 minutes. But it's better than going for 20 minutes and not getting close. Work at lasting longer. Go for 2 1/2 minutes, then 3 minutes, and so on.
You don't mention anything about your time in intercourse. I'm guessing you're sexually inexperienced. Why not work at ending that. Maybe you'll find that your time in intercourse is just right.
I've been masturbating prone as long as I can remember. I've never been able to reach climax any other way and I've always wondered why. About 3 weeks ago I found HealthyStrokes.com and it freaked me out so I have completely stopped as suggested. After a week, I tried to masturbate conventionally to no avail. Then I waited a second week and tried again with the same non-result. It has now been three weeks and I'm not sure what to do at this point. I'm starting to really need sexual release but I don't want to give up and do prone. But you say that not ejaculating at all is also not good for the body. Any thoughts? (age 22)
A: I hope by this time you've been able to masturbate to orgasm conventionally. If not, when next you try, when you feel like you might be getting close, stroke as hard and fast as you can until you reach orgasm. Do not give up and go back to prone.
Can I just start masturbating the conventional way without having to stop seven days? If I can? (age 18)
A: If you can, fine. But you're unlikely to succeed that way. The seven day program was designed because nearly all males will be able to reach orgasm a new way after a week without one.
Iím not currently sexually active, nor do I expect to be for another few years. Why donít I just wait until that time gets closer to make the switch over to supine? (age 25)
A: Both masturbating prone and remaining a virgin are bad ideas at your age. Masturbating prone is destructive to sexual health. It causes sexual dysfunctions in most males who practice it. You want to get as far away from prone as soon as you can. Give it up now and you can be masturbating supine at this time next week. Males who remain virgins past the age of 21 also have more sexual dysfunctions than average. You shouldn't waste the best sexual years of your life being a virgin. You should want to have sex and go out and find it.
I understand that prone causes the inability to orgasm from other forms of stimulation. Why is that so? For males who masturbate prone, are they not able to feel enough physical sensation to be able to orgasm? Like the penis feels desensitized? Or can they feel the sensations they've always felt but simply cannot reach orgasm? (age 25)
A: Masturbating prone habituates males to a tremendous amount of force. When you're used to the amount of force that comes from thrusting with both legs, it is difficult for the gentle force of stroking with one hand to bring you to orgasm. It is kind of like the difference between typing on an old manual typewriter and typing on a computer keyboard. Or playing an old piano and playing a modern electronic keyboard. The penis isn't as much desensitized as it is accustomed to that tremendous amount of force to produce orgasm.
Follow-up: Can you elaborate more on this? What causes the difficulty of achieving orgasm? Is it because the guy cannot physically feel pleasurable sensations on the underside of his penis like he used to? Or is it more of a mental thing? I'm asking because I used to masturbate prone and I noticed that the base of my penis has become much less receptive to nearly all types of physical touch, except pain. Will switching to normal masturbation restore the pleasure I used to feel at the base?
A: No, the penis is probably fine. He is simply used to a lot of force. The hand doesn't produce as much force as thrusting with both legs. That is why I advise males to give up all sexual stimulation for a week (sometimes longer) and that period of abstinence makes it easier for him to learn to masturbate to orgasm by hand. Usually males who've just switched from prone use a tremendous amount of force when they're learning to masturbate by hand. Over time, they learn to use less force. A toy called the Super Head Honcho can also help with this.
I have been trying to quit prone masturbation for a week and I can masturbate conventionally now, but both times I've done it feels like I am urinating, and it feels different from the orgasms I get when masturbating prone. I have tried urinating right before masturbation and I still have that feeling. (age 18)
A: The feeling is a pleasant one, but it still takes time to get used to the new feeling. Congratulations on switching so fast. In a few days, you will better anticipate the feeling and know that it isn't urine. I often suggest to women who have the same problem to put a towel underneath themselves so they won't have to worry if some urine accidentally leaks. That might help you too. A month from now, you will reread this a laugh that you were worried about this.
I masturbated prone from 12-16. I am now 20 and still a virgin. I have a high libido and I get erect when I get intimate with girls, but I can't get it up to have intercourse. Could prone masturbation have caused permanent damage? Is there anything I can do about it?
A: If you gave up prone four years ago, I doubt it's still having an impact on your erections. Make sure that you only masturbate when you have an erection that's sufficient for intercourse.
Most likely, you're having anxiety that's inhibiting your erection at the moment you need one. Take time to relax and enjoy what you're doing, and don't worry about having an erection. If you get one, then have intercourse, and if you don't, enjoy things you can do without having intercourse. If the problem persists, seek professional help.
I am 28 and have been doing prone masturbation since 9 or 10 years old, some days more than once. I never knew it would be a problem until I read HealthyStrokes.com. I have never had intercourse. I am going to be married in 8 weeks, and I am apprehensive regarding whether I will be able to have intercourse. Do you think I will be able to have normal intercourse in 8 months when I get married, if I stop prone masturbation?
A: In one place you said 8 weeks and another 8 months. Either way, you need to resolve to never masturbate prone again. Take a week or so off from any kind of sexual stimulation and then learn to masturbate to orgasm by hand. Keep it up until the big day and you will be AOK.
I am a virgin. I've been masturbating prone for 10-12 years until I could not ejaculate from oral sex. I stopped masturbating completely for 25 days (not easy at all) and then in June, I successfully masturbated by hand for the first time in my life. I've now been masturbating exclusively by hand for three months and last week I still couldn't ejaculate when I was being given oral sex. I didn't even feel close. Is my body still adjusting or do I need to do something else? (age 25)
A: First, not everyone would agree that you're a virgin if you've been having oral sex. Second, it's easier for men post-prone to reach orgasm in vaginal intercourse, since that delivers more force than oral. I would suggest trying vaginal intercourse and seeing if it is to your liking. You might also masturbate some of the time with a toy called the Super Head Honcho. It costs about $15 and trains a man to use less force while masturbating by hand. Some say it simulates the feeling of fellatio.
I am 28 and I've been doing prone since I was 8. I have no problem in having sex or getting hard but reaching orgasm is the hardest part and sometimes I'm not able to cum until I am back to prone. Do you think the solution you offered works even with all this history in prone? Many thanks for your help!
A: You ARE having problems in having sex. Reaching orgasm should be fun, not "the hardest part." Please take a break from all sex and masturbating for a week or so and learn to masturbate by hand. Many men have changed after 20 or more years.
I used to masturbate by lying on my stomach and putting force on my penis, and I would ejaculate while soft. I did this for 4 years. I have since switched to normal masturbation for the last 2 years and when I do it now, I can finish within 1-2 minutes. Is this a problem? Did I do damage from my previous masturbation method? I'm also a virgin. (age 18)
A: If you've only masturbated conventionally for the past two years, you ought to be fine. Also keep in mind that 18 is the most common age for a male to lose his virginity. Maybe it's time to make that change too.
I have been masturbating prone since I was 12. I came to this site after encountering issues penetrating my girlfriend. That was the first time I came close to having sex with a woman. I went through your suggestions of quitting prone and not masturbating for 7 days before trying supine. However, two days after abstaining from masturbation, I tried to masturbate by hand and came in about 10-15 minutes. For the first 2-3 minutes I wasn't getting too erect and only got erect and came after I stroked myself fast and started fantasizing about a particular fantasy of mine. How good or bad is my situation? (age 26)
A: It's good that you were able to masturbate to orgasm by hand after only two days, but I recommend longer to increase chances of success. 15 minutes is very fast for a first time. Fantasize about whatever helps you orgasm.
I started masturbating in January 2017. For 2-3 months of masturbating, I masturbated prone twice a week. Will I be affected by this in any way? Since I am bad at remembering people's faces, I have only masturbated to online porn. Will this affect me? (age 12)
A: I think you will be fine if you only masturbated prone about 25 times and don't anymore. If you can't remember people's faces, try to remember their bodies so you don't need to use online porn every time at your age.
I've been masturbating since when I was 14-15 using prone technique. Now my penis is discolored, I have weak erections, and the tip of my penis is soft. If I quit masturbation forever, will my penis heal properly? (age 18)
A: Did you read my page about prone and the next page about how to overcome prone? I don't think you did. Prone masturbation does not discolor your penis. Don't worry about that. You don't need to quit masturbating. Simply decide to give up prone; take a week off; and then learn to masturbate by hand.
I've given prone up for about 8 days. I tried masturbating conventionally today but still couldn't reach orgasm. I started grinding on my bed for about two minutes and ejaculated. I immediately stopped and tried to make the rest come through the conventional method. Do I reset and go for 8 more days or can I have sex with my girlfriend? I've only been with her for 3 weeks and we've had no sex but I explained to her that I was to withdraw from sexual acts for two weeks and she understood. But I want her so badly! (age 21)
A: You should not have reverted to prone when the conventional method of masturbating didn't work. But I understand about the new girlfriend and I say to try sex with her and see how it goes. Then take a few days (perhaps eight) and learn to masturbate to orgasm by hand. I usually suggest to take a month of masturbating by hand before trying sex. But I don't expect you to wait six weeks before having first sex with your new girlfriend.
I have masturbated in the prone position since the age of 10. In the prone position, I apply pressure to my penis using a balled-up rag, or any similar implement. In this way I can become erect and orgasm.
Recently I was given manual intercourse ("hand job") by a partner but after 10 minutes I was no closer to orgasm. I will follow the advice on stopping prone masturbation and switching to the hand method, but have I done any permanent damage to my penis? (age 31)
A: You have not done permanent damage. Resolve to give up prone forever and then take a week off from all masturbation and sexual stimulation and then learn to masturbate by hand. You are also much too old to still be a virgin. Make a plan to become sexually active, perhaps with the partner who gave you the hand job. You will be glad you did.
Iíve been masturbating prone since I was 12 years old. I am a virgin and have not had any sexual encounters whatsoever. A unique aspect to my prone masturbation experiences is my ability to ejaculate with a fully flaccid penis. During some sessions (especially after round 2) I occasionally experience a sharp pain above and to the left of the base of my penis.
I discovered your site about a year ago and have trained myself to masturbate the conventional way. Iíve occasionally resorted to prone including a few times in the past few weeks. In the last few days, the realization hit me that I havenít had a 100% erection in a while. At best, Iím at semi-soft 80% of the time. Iím now concerned that Iíve caused permentant damage.
Do you believe that through abstaining from prone masturbation, that in time I can once again attain 100% or do you believe that medical intervention is necessary? (age 25)
A: Whether you do it prone or typically, never masturbate with an erection that wouldn't be suitable for intercourse. Congratulations on learning to masturbate conventionally; but to make progress, you need to resolve to give up prone forever. No cheating at all!
The sharp pain is a bad sign and might mean you need to be examined and tested by a doctor. The doctor might also give you a prescription for an erection pill (Viagra, Levitra, Cialis). You might not need a whole 50 mg Viagra pill. Cutting them into tiny pieces and taking only 5-10 mg might give you more powerful erections while you work to overcome prone.
I also think you're too old to still be a virgin. Make a plan to become sexually active soon. Never masturbate prone again.
Iíve been doing prone masturbation since I was roughly 5-6 years old and have always done it that way. Iím a senior in high school and I masturbate prone at least 1-2 times a day. Is too late for me to be ďcuredĒ? Iím really nervous because I haven't had any intercourse or oral sex yet. (age 17)
A: You can probably be cured easily. I hear every week from men twice your age overcoming prone and learning to masturbate by hand. Now is the time to give up prone, and you don't have to worry about having to explain to a partner why you can't be sexual with them for the next few weeks. You can be done with prone right now and be masturbating conventionally before the World Series is over. By your high school graduation; no, by Christmas, you might have even forgotten what prone was like.
Follow-up: I just got done with the abstinence period and masturbated to orgasm by hand but only had ďtinyĒ orgasms. Iím not sure if thatís normal or not for most people? How long should I wait to masturbate again?
A: Congratulations on giving up prone and learning to masturbate by hand. After masturbating prone for over 10 years, it is not unusual that your first orgasms by hand were not as intense as you had been getting prone. Take a day off before masturbating by hand again. Your orgasms will soon be up to what you were used to prone. And the World Series does not end until tomorrow!
Follow-up: Is it better to masturbate conventionally lying down on a bed, sitting, or in the bathroom? Is it harder for people who arenít circumcised to switch?
A: Lying in bed is best. As you get accustomed to masturbating conventionally, you will find you can do it more places. That is one of the ways you'll know you're over prone, when you can masturbate at the computer, in the shower, etc. I don't think overcoming prone is any different for males who are or aren't circumcised.
I have been prone masturbating since I was nine years old. It has been eight days since I stopped. I can get an erection, but I have not been able to ejaculate supine. Will this eventually happen? Should I go to a urologist? Does time make it easier to ejaculate? This has been really hard since I used to masturbate at least once a day up until a week ago. I really want to go back to prone since it felt so good, but if I do not break it now I never will.
A: Eight days is not so long. You ought to be able to ejaculate any day now. Concentrate on what arouses you. When you think you're close to ejaculating, stroke as fast and hard as you can until you do. Once you're familiar with masturbating to orgasm supine, work at using less force and a slower stroke. Do not go back to prone.
While sleeping, I accidentally make thrusts and ejaculate. What should I do for that? I am having back pain after masturbating when I try the conventional method.
A: Wearing heavier clothing to bed will keep you from masturbating in your sleep. Masturbating conventionally is obviously less stressful on your back than masturbating prone, so I have no idea why masturbating conventionally would cause you back pain. I think the back pain has a different cause.
I have been masturbating for a long time in the prone position at least once or twice a day and I am able to cum doing this. I am able to masturbate just thinking about sexual actions and no porn or images are required although they help. I want to stop doing it like this and I am able to get my penis to be very hard and wet by using my hand; however, I am never able to cum doing this method even after not masturbating at all for a week. What should I do? (age 18)
A: You are young, but your frequency is extreme. That might be why you are having trouble even after abstaining for a week. Try again. Resolve not to go back to prone. Decide that you WILL be able to masturbate to orgasm by hand after 9-10 days of abstinence.
When I masturbate supine, my penis eventually starts to ache slightly around the base and head. Is that maybe just because my body is so used to prone masturbation? Or am I perhaps masturbating incorrectly? (age 23)
A: I suspect you are using too much force. A sleeve called the Super Head Honcho might help you use less force.
For a period of about a year, I masturbated prone and shaved my pubes completely. Now I seem to be suffering from pubic hair loss right where I rubbed my penis against the bed. Also, I have tougher insensitive loose penis skin. At the time I did it because it felt amazing but looking back on it now it seems really stupid. Iíve desensitized myself physically. I donít know what else to do. Moisturizers donít seem to work. I wish I could go back in time and stop myself from doing it. Is this common among men with a history of masturbating prone? Is there a way to fix it? (age 23)
A: I'm not sure what your problem is. If you only masturbated prone for a year and have gone back to regular masturbating, then you should be fine. If you've masturbated prone since you started and only did the shaving for a year, then you need to give up prone and learn to masturbate conventionally. Masturbating prone will cause no permanent hair loss. It does not cause loose penile skin. I suggest learning to masturbate with water-based lube if you're not already. Lots of men who learned to masturbate prone wish they could text a warning to their younger selves, but all you can do is work on today and the future.
The theory about prone is utter nonsense. Been doing it that way since I was eight years old and discovered it by mistake while playing a James Bond game. Had over 100 sexual partners after spending my youth working overseas in sport diving where picking women up was easy. Married 13 years now, normal in all positions although I prefer missionary only. Problems relating to ur article arise only after too many beers. I still pound the pillow occasionally. (age 52)
A: Thank you at least for agreeing that learning to masturbate prone was a mistake.
I'm used to masturbating prone but have masturbated supine in the past, on various occasions, and have reached orgasm from this method. How long do I have to abstain for? (age 16)
A: You don't need to abstain at all. Simply decide to give up prone forever. The purpose of abstaining is to make it easier for you to masturbate to orgasm by hand for the first time. You're already there.
I would like to thank you for spreading the message about the danger of prone masturbation and giving advice for overcoming it. I had been masturbating prone since I was 13 and didn't know that it could do damage to me, so thank you for spreading awareness. (age 15)
I masturbated prone for about 2 months before realizing it wasnít good for me, so I decided to give up masturbation of all kinds for over 2 months to regain my sensitivity. I only discovered HealthyStrokes.com today and Iím worried that because I didnít follow your process for overcoming prone that Iím screwed. About a week ago I masturbated normally for the first time since I quit prone 2 months ago. Iíve been able to masturbate 5 days in a row with no problem. Am I cured? (age 18)
A: You will be fine. Resolve to never do prone again and then masturbate often the regular way. You can call yourself cured in about a month after no more prone and frequent regular masturbation.
I'm 21 and I masturbate prone. But today after reading HealthyStrokes.com, I came to know the adverse effects of it. I've never had sex with a girl so I don't know if I have any problems in intercourse. If I stop masturbating prone now, will I be able to have sex in the future normally?
A: I urge you to give up prone now and then work at getting in a sexual relationship. After a few months of masturbating by hand, you ought to do as well at intercourse as a man with no history of prone. But you're also too old to still be a virgin. Work on both those things.
Thank you so much for HealthyStrokes.com! I've masturbated prone all my life and never thought I'd be able to do it manually. It was only a few days ago, when I discovered your site, that I decided to change my habit. It only took me three days of abstinence until I was able to masturbate in the conventional way. I would never have thought it would be that easy! So again, thanks very much!
I would, however, like to point out that I never experienced the negative effects of prone masturbation described on this site. My sex life has always been entirely satisfactory and I never had any problem getting hard, or getting off in most sexual positions (but fellatio does have little effect on me). Being able to masturbate conventionally opens a whole new realm of things I would like to try out!
Keep up the good work! I am sure you are helping a lot of people!
A man from Switzerland who no longer masturbates prone
A: Congratulations on your speedy progress. But you contradict yourself by saying you can't reach orgasm from fellatio. That is the second-most favorite sex act of many men and the first one a lot of males these days learn.
I used to masturbate prone. After waiting for a week, I was able to reach orgasm using the conventional method, but I feel turned off at the idea of doing it again because of how disgusted I felt afterward. Seeing the mess I made made me feel sick to my stomach. I don't want to go back to prone. What should I do?
A: Masturbation is normal, healthy, and fun, and even necessary for male sexual health. You've been ejaculating for years (I guess, although you didn't state your age) and have been spraying semen somewhere all that time. As you get more accustomed to conventional masturbation, you will learn how to control where your ejaculate goes. If it really bothers you, wear a condom. Do not go back to prone.
I have been masturbating prone since I was 12. Over the years I have realized I have built up extra skin on my penis. Do I need to go to the doctor about this? Will this affect my transition to the conventional way? (age 18)
A: Don't worry about that. No one gets extra skin as a result of prone masturbation. Work at giving up prone and learning the conventional method. If you still think you need a doctor four months after you've stopped prone, then go see one.
I'm uncircumcised and my head is too sensitive to touch. How can I get away from prone masturbation? (age 14)
A: Your body ought to produce its own lubricant that will help you masturbate. If that really isn't enough, try water-based lube.
I have been prone masturbating for years. My older sister introduced it to me saying it felt good to her and I should try it too. We didn't know what masturbation was. Now I am doomed. My penis gets erect and the head and shaft get really hard but the base is weak so my erections face the ground. What should I do? (age 18)
A: I've never heard of a male who learned masturbation from his sister. I urge you to give up prone masturbation and learn to masturbate by hand. Your penis is apt to get stronger. You are not doomed.
Will it be hard to achieve orgasm the first few times I masturbate using the normal technique? (age 17)
A: It will take longer and more effort than you've been using to masturbate prone. You will catch up pretty quickly.
I have been watching porn and masturbating from a very early age. I have always masturbated using a combination of prone and hand. My sexual fantasies have always been very innocent and normal but I would say in my mid to late teens I started turning to more deviant forms of porn. Somewhere along the way it got pretty bad but I've been forcibly toning it down recently because I know it is psychologically damaging to me. It was like an escalating addiction. The thing is that now it is very difficult for me to masturbate normally by hand and look at normal porn as I tend to relapse to these more psychologically stimulating but deviant forms of porn. When I masturbate prone, I am able to look at very normal porn and fantasize more healthily because it is very physically stimulating. So it is like I am stuck in this paradox of psychological vs physical damage to my sexual health. How can I break out of this? (age 22)
A: Giving up prone is critical. You can't make sexual progress until you do. Resolve to never do prone again. Once you're happily masturbating only by hand, you can work at cutting out the more extreme porn. You can do both.
I masturbate daily 3 to 4 times face down. I habituated to prone masturbation since my childhood. I am a virgin. How can I lose this type of masturbation. I have masturbated prone more than 10 years. (age 22)
A: You have three problems: 1) you masturbate prone; 2) you have an extreme masturbation frequency; 3) you are too old to be a virgin. Resolve to give up prone masturbation immediately. Within a week, you will be able to masturbate by hand. After you habituate to hand masturbation, do it no more than once a day (occasionally twice is OK). Then make a plan for becoming sexually active.
I was having an issue with prone masturbation. There was a time where I couldn't even do prone successfully for 2-3 weeks. Now I'm back to prone. I have never masturbated conventionally. I found out from HealthyStrokes.com why you shouldn't do prone. Do you think I can ever masturbate conventionally? (age 19)
A: Resolve to give up prone forever. You will be happily masturbating conventionally this time next week. I'm wondering about that 2-3 week period you couldn't masturbate prone. Have you recently started taking antidepressants? You might next to tell your doctor about that.
I've been prone masturbating for a few years now but I don't really thrust my penis into anything but more just rub it on my bed. Is this still bad? (age 16)
A: Yes, very bad. Don't try to lawyer the term. Prone masturbation is sexually disabling no matter what you call it. Make a point of giving it up now. You will be masturbating by hand next week.
I don't even know the method of masturbating non-prone. I've only done it prone, and I don't even know how to hold my hand. (age 13)
A: A lot of boys your age have never masturbated at all. They're learning, and so can you. Go a few days without masturbating and then you should be able to reach orgasm simply by stroking up and down with one hand.
I have been masturbating prone since around 2 years old. I donít use my hand to masturbate. Rather, I dry hump things. I know most males who masturbate prone lie face down and thrust against the floor or a mattress or pillow. I thrust against harder surfaces such as the backrest of a chair or a lounge arm. Thereís much more pressure put onto the penis than what is done by hand.
In past sexual relationships I have not been able to ejaculate through penetration, hand jobs or even blow jobs. I havenít ejaculated at all via my hand.
Iíve tried giving up prone masturbation in the past but after about a day Iíve always given into the temptation. Does your method work also for circumcised males such as myself? (age 21)
A: The method works fine for males of any circumcision status. You need to stick with the program. Plan to not do any masturbating or interaction with a partner for a full week. Then you will be able to do it by hand. Plan to never use your especially punishing method again.
I gave up prone a month ago and now only masturbate by hand. I've heard that masturbating by hand is the best way but people say it's nothing like the real thing. I masturbate around once a day and am worried that if I have sex with someone for the first time, then it wouldn't be the same and that I wouldn't be able to ejaculate. Do you have any insight on this? (age 17)
A: Masturbating by hand more closely mimics the feeling of vaginal intercourse than prone does. As you know, you were masturbating with a tremendous amount of force those years you did it prone. The gentle feeling of your own hand is closer to the force of the vagina. Keep masturbating by hand and in a few months, you will be ready to try intercourse.
Are there any other ways to masturbate? I want to give up prone but the thought of doing it the conventional way really turns me off. (age 14)
A: You're thinking too much. Nearly every guy you have met in your life age 12 or older has masturbated the conventional way more times than he could ever count. You seem to know that prone is bad for you but think there is something wrong with the conventional way. Have you even tried it? Please give up prone and then masturbate the conventional way daily for a month. If you're still not satisfied, write me back.
My abstinence period is over so I tried masturbating conventionally today but was unable to ejaculate. I used lube because it was recommended by people in the support group but maybe that was a mistake. I never used lube when I masturbated prone and was always able to ejaculate. I've resolved to give up prone forever so I'm not going back. (age 21)
A: Only change one thing at a time. Masturbate dry for now because you're not used to lube. Once you're used to masturbating by hand, then try adding lube.
Follow-up: I took your advice to masturbate dry and was able to masturbate conventionally. I think it was the wetness of the lube that was tripping me up. So thanks for that. It took a little longer than the 15 minutes, but I'm just relieved it finally happened. Should I abstain for a couple of days before trying again?
If it doesn't work the next day, wait one more day.
I've been proning for about a year now, maybe every other day. If I stop now, will I be OK? (age 14)
Yes, fine. Decide to stop proning.
Wow. What an eye opener. I have always lain on my left side and grinded a pillow. I honestly have never masturbated any other way. I've tried by hand but it felt weird. It also seemed like I needed to immerse myself in a fantasy for it to work. I'd usually have a magazine or picture. Later, it became my iPhone.
I'm definitely going to change this. I've had very few relationships and am a virgin. I'm afraid at this point I'll never be able to have sex. Glad I found your site. (age 44)
A: That is not technically prone but it's close enough to be just as bad. I advise you to take a week or so off and learn to masturbate by hand. You'll like it a lot better than what you do now, and then you'll be ready for sex.
I can masturbate prone fine, but I don't feel the same pleasure masturbating conventionally, and I can't yet orgasm. I have only been masturbating prone for 2 years. I have stopped masturbating prone, and I have waited a week. Also, can I masturbate standing in the shower? (age 14)
A: You are terribly impatient. Your problem is that you don't enjoy masturbating conventionally. Nearly every other male you've ever met over the age of 12 does. Think about that. You give up prone and then abstain from all sexual stimulation for a week (or so) and then you can masturbate to orgasm by hand for the first time. Then you keep practicing it and will enjoy it more and more. After you have perfected masturbating by hand in bed, you can try it in the shower and at the computer desk, and everywhere else. Keep in mind that running water will affect how masturbating feels. Plenty of males don't like masturbating in the shower, and those who do generally keep their back to the water.
I am turning 42 and have been doing prone since I was 16. I have kids but sex has never been very enjoyable. I need help ASAP. I have tried but have failed. I was able to quit smoking after 20 years but I am still struggling with prone.
A: Follow the instructions on the page for overcoming prone masturbation You can do it. Men older than you have done it.
Is there a medicine to take so that you have orgasms when you masturbate by hand, because every time I try with the hand, I can go for hours without an orgasm. When having sex with my girlfriend, I have to force myself to ejaculate. Do I have to go see a doctor specialized in this field? (age 28)
Some men report taking two Sudafed tablets an hour or so before masturbation or intercourse helps them reach orgasm more quickly. If you're having ongoing problems, it might help to see a urologist.
Is occasional prone masturbation also harmful? I masturbate once or twice a week conventionally. Can I masturbate prone once a month or every two months? (age 25)
A: Any prone masturbation is bad for you. Ask any of the men who have given up prone masturbating but thought they could cheat occasionally and be OK. No more prone!
If I just gave up prone masturbation, and I'm in the abstain from any masturbation stage, is it bad if I masturbate with my hand at all during that time, even if I didn't reach orgasm? Do I have to reset the whole abstain timeline again? (age 22)
A: If you masturbate prone, you have to reset the abstention clock. It is not as bad to masturbate by hand short of orgasm, but that is not the point of abstaining. Don't masturbate by hand until you're ready to bring yourself to orgasm. Wait at least two more days if you don't.
I have been prone masturbating since I was in primary school and only realized at age 27 that what I was doing was the prone method. I have started to quit prone. Is there a chance for me to recover and learn the correct way of masturbation? (age 28)
A: Absolutely you can recover. Go for it.
I am unsure by what is meant by "I have started to quit prone." Either you have quit prone or you haven't. You won't make any progress until you do.
I am suffering from prone masturbation and when I was kid I had a circumcision operation. Please tell me how I can recover from this addiction. This has always caused me low self esteem and I can't do any work properly. Is there a chance for me to recover? I am willing to go through any regimen and improve my sex life. I want to be fit when I hit puberty before getting addicted to masturbation. I am a virgin. (age 19)
A: I'm not sure what you're talking about. Your puberty was over about five years ago. Prone masturbation is not an addiction; it is a dysfunctional method of masturbating. All you have to do is quit masturbating prone and in a week or so you can learn to masturbate by hand. Then you will masturbate by hand very frequently, but it will still not be an addiction. It is just something that men do. There is no reason to have low self esteem because of doing something normal that all men do. It will not keep you from working properly.
Thank you very, very much for hosting this content. It has changed my life. I am 34 years old and have been masturbating prone since I was 11 or 12 years old. This has led to numerous problems when having sex with partners. I have never been able to ejaculate except in the prone position.
After ceasing masturbation for four weeks, I was able to ejaculate using the supine position for the first time in my life. And I did it again this morning. These were the best orgasms I have ever felt. I am so excited but the problem is that, both times, it took me a little over an hour to ejaculate. How can I speed things up?
Again, thank you so much for all of your help!
A: You are new to supine masturbation. You should expect your first few times to take an extended time. 45 minutes to an hour (or more) is not at all unusual. As you get more familiar with conventional masturbation, it will take less and less time. In a few weeks, you will masturbate to orgasm by hand in less time than you were doing prone. Please keep me informed of your progress.
I stopped prone masturbation for 3 weeks. I tried conventional but was not able to do it. I went back to prone. How long do I have to abstain? What if I abstain and am not able to ejaculate forever? (age 30)
A: You don't have to abstain for three weeks. One week is plenty. Be strong and force yourself to have an orgasm with your hand. You will be very happy when you do. Do not revert to prone.
I have been masturbating in the prone position until now. Is it necessary to masturbate in the conventional way only in BED? Can I masturbate sitting or standing in the washroom? (age 22)
A: Yes, of course you can. But that's not a good place to learn to do it by hand for the first time after almost 10 years of masturbating prone. I suggest learning in bed and then doing it wherever you want after you've perfected it.
Iíve been masturbating prone since I was 13. Iíve had several partners in the past year and had no clue it was the root of my intimacy issues. I tried herbal remedies, I tried abstinence but always reverted back to prone because I knew no other way. HealthyStrokes.com has been an immense help. I tried conventional for the first time today, after going 15 days without prone and without any serious sexual contact and it was the most amazing orgasm I had ever had. Thank you for hosting and posting this information. Itís put a lot of my issues into perspective. (age 29)
How much time will it take to masturbate using hand for the very first time? (age 21)
A: A lot longer than you're used to doing prone. Expect the first few times masturbating by hand to take an hour.
I really appreciate HealthyStrokes.com. I only realized three weeks ago about prone masturbation, and read all about it here. I was able to switch to normal masturbation after 4 days abstinence. I observe that I ejaculate more semen when masturbating by hand than I do when I masturbate prone. When I masturbated prone, my penis was flaccid and not erect. Is this the reason we do not ejaculate during prone masturbation? (age 22)
A: Nearly all males who masturbate prone ejaculate from it. Since it's only been three weeks and you have never measured your semen accurately, you might be overestimating how much you're ejaculating. You probably ejaculated more your first couple of times because of that four days' abstinence. I suspect your ejaculation frequency will be same as usual within a week or so.
I have been masturbating prone regularly for 6 years. I am trying to give it up. When my penis is erect, it is difficult for me to slide my skin from my glans to masturbate with my hands. It also slightly pains me when I try to slide my skin forcefully from my glans. Is it normal? Is this because of prone masturbating? (age 19)
A: It is normal for males to be unable to touch the glans (head of the penis). The glans is the most sensitive part. Most guys only stroke the shaft unless they use lube. Using lube allows one to stroke the sensitive head of the penis. Good luck giving up prone. I suggest switching to hand masturbation first and then after a month or two of that, learn to use lube.
I am circumcised but since beginning conventional masturbation a few months ago, I have been masturbating dry. Now that I've gotten used to conventional, would you recommend I begin adding lube? I never used to use lube when I masturbated prone, so I'm not used to it. (age 31)
A: Yes, I think you would enjoy masturbating more with lube. See my page about using lube to masturbate.
I have been masturbating prone since discovering it when I was 6. Even before I felt attracted to girls and would masturbate Ďtoí something, I got an orgasm-like feeling from masturbating prone. I went to a military school and other boys caught me and told me I should masturbate with my hand. Since I was 14, I have been able to use my hand happily. I still masturbate prone the majority of the time, and I have been switching between the two methods since I was 14. After finding HealthyStrokes.com, I am definitely giving up prone, but I would like to know if I still need a month of jacking off by hand before I am back to normal? Or is the fact that that I can already use my hand a good sign? I finally met a girl who likes me so the less time I have to spend preparing myself for it in a dark room, the better. (age 21)
A: All you need to do is resolve to give up prone forever. You don't need an abstinence period or to spend a month only masturbating by hand. You already know how to do that. Good luck with the girl. And I also think you would enjoy masturbating with lights on.
I did prone since 9-10 years old. Thanks for your information I am on the fourth day of abstinence. I am planning to have intercourse with my girlfriend at the end of this month. Will I be cured to the conventional way before the time I will have intercourse with my girlfriend? (age 24)
A: If you masturbate by hand to orgasm for the first time on April 5, my best advice would be to do it again every day for a month and then try intercourse after May 5. It won't hurt anything to try intercourse before then, but your chances of success are lower than if you got more experienced with conventional masturbation and worked at using less force.
I quit prone masturbation in January after visiting HealthyStrokes.com, but I gave up after my first attempt at conventional masturbation and went back to prone. I started trying conventional masturbation again in late March and today I was able to orgasm for the first time in under 30 minutes. Thank you so much for the information on your web site! (age 27)
I have been masturbating prone since I was 8. After coming across HealthyStrokes.com, I have not masturbated prone for 10 days now and have started to try masturbating the conventional way. However, I cannot seem to ejaculate this way. My masturbation practice sessions last 5 minutes because my arm gets tired and I give up. Should I keep going until I reach ejaculation instead of giving up? (age 17)
A: Five minutes is not nearly long enough. Your first few times, you might have to keep stroking for up to an hour. You must be using an awful lot of force if your arm is getting tired after only five minutes.
One more thing: Those are not "masturbation practice" sessions; they are masturbation sessions.
As someone who masturbated prone since about age 12, I abstained from all masturbation for roughly 5 days and was capable of achieving an orgasm in roughly 25 minutes masturbating conventionally. Would I be considered an exception to the 45 minute-hour rule, and should I continue to masturbate conventionally despite not abstaining for a whole week? (age 19)
A: It is not a rule; it is simply an advisory that if you're used to masturbating to orgasm prone in less than 10 minutes, you will not be able to succeed in that amount of time your first few times masturbating by hand. It is not at all unusual for it to take 45 minutes to an hour those first times. If you did it in 25 minutes, great. Resolve not to do prone anymore. Masturbate as often as you feel it will work. Pretty soon you'll be able to do it daily, or even more often.
I have been masturbating in the prone position until now. I am not a person to masturbate on daily basis. I haven't masturbated with my hand in my life. Whenever the urge strikes me, I masturbate prone. The supine way/conventional way is not working. I have abstained from prone the last four days and tried hand masturbation but have no success at all. (age 36)
A: You haven't followed my instructions. You need to abstain for seven days before trying conventional masturbation. It might even take you longer since you have been masturbating only prone for at least 20 years. If you don't masturbate daily, then it ought to be not that difficult for you to make it a week or 10 days.
I am gay and masturbate prone. I can do supine masturbation only when my parents aren't home. When I can't masturbate supine, I revert to prone masturbation. Please give me suggestion to overcome my anxiety and give up prone masturbation forever. (age 21)
A: You are an adult and can masturbate however you want whenever you want. Your parents don't have anything to say about it. You can bet that your dad and your brothers and nearly every other male you know has a long history of masturbating supine. So why can't you? Don't make excuses about why you are going back to prone. Simply resolve to never masturbate prone again. You already know how to masturbate supine, so what is your excuse?
I feel like my penis is completely dead. I have a partner Iím super attracted to. But when she does oral I get absolutely no feeling. It feels like the blood refuses to go to my penis. and Iím getting scared and depressed. I stopped prone for a few days. Should I have seen some results by now or is it too early? (age 23)
A: Much too early. After stopping prone for a week, you should be able to masturbate by hand to orgasm. After doing that daily for a month is when you can try being sexual with a partner. Some males can be successful in intercourse sooner, but it will probably be months after you give up prone that you will be able to reach orgasm in oral intercourse.
Isn't prone good if you want to last longer? (age 16)
A: No, it isn't. A male who masturbates conventionally would not notice a difference in his orgasm time if he switched to prone. Anyway, males who already masturbate conventionally don't switch to prone. It doesn't happen. Prone is a method of masturbation that one either learns when starting or doesn't.
I have been masturbating prone my whole life and I'm afraid my penis is too numb for manual masturbation. What should I do? (age 16)
A: Take a week off from masturbating and your penis will be more sensitive to allow you to learn to masturbate by hand.
I'm 22 years old, unfortunately a virgin, and I have been masturbating prone since I was 6-7 years old. I discovered the site and immediately I decided to quit prone once and for all. I stopped masturbating for 7 days and then I tried to masturbate with my hand. I tried for 20 minutes and I couldn't ejaculate. I did the same for the next 6 days and still although I felt I was closer, I couldn't ejaculate. On the seventh day, at last after 45 minutes, I managed to ejaculate by masturbating with my hand. The next day I abstained again and then I continued the day after that managing to masturbate and ejaculate every day by using my hand. Day by day is getting better as I get used to it. Thank you.
A: Even if you usually took 20 minutes to masturbate to orgasm prone, it will take a lot longer your first times masturbating by hand. You did well by going at it for 45 minutes.
I've been prone masturbating for 4-5 years. I've read on how to overcome it and followed it. But when I masturbate with my hand after a week, I get very hard and I'm almost there but I cannot orgasm. Any solutions? (age 19)
A: When you feel like you're almost there, stroke as hard and fast as you can until you have an orgasm. Once you've learned how, work at using a slower stroke and less force.
Iíve been able to take 10 days out from any masturbation and I'm not sexually active. I donít really know the standard way and don't get any feeling from the shaft. Is this normal? (age 22)
A: You are learning the standard way. Just get aroused (especially in your head) and stroke up and down until you have an orgasm. Be patient and expect it to take 45 minutes to an hour the first time. Practice makes perfect.
The week is passed and I still can't cum. I can get erect easily but I'm simply not enjoying it thus not getting to orgasm. So something is wrong with me or your "you will be able to after one week" is too sunshine. (age 21)
A: The week is only a guideline. Some guys need longer and some need only a few days. If you're getting erect, you should be able to masturbate to orgasm. Make sure your mind is getting aroused. That's the best way to have an orgasm.
I masturbate prone and the vein in the midddle of my shaft hurts. (age 18)
A: Veins don't hurt, but you have one more reason than everyone else to give up prone forever. I suspect you are thrusting too hard against that one particular spot. After you give up prone, you will have more places on your penis that you enjoy touching, and you will not need to worry as much about that sore spot.
Iíve been prone masturbating since 12 and Iíve recovered twice from it but sadly two months ago I tried it again and now I have been having trouble maintaining an erection and sensitivity. Iíve been masturbating conventionally for the past two months once a day but I have not noticed an improvement in my erections or sensitivity. I actually feel lower sensitivity now. What should I do? (age 18)
A: If you're recovered twice from prone and are back to it again, then you have not recovered at all. Decide to give up prone forever. At your age, you should not be worried at all about erections or sensitivity. You are wasting the best years of your sexual life. Never do prone again and after a month with no prone, find some other uses for your penis besides masturbating.
For 10 years, I have lain down on my stomach and rubbed my penis on my pillow. Now a few days back, I got a partner and when she was giving fellatio, I couldn't ejaculate. After that day, I tried masturbation with my hand but couldn't ejaculate. I was very tense and looking for solutions on the Internet when I read your articles about prone masturbation. I want to enjoy sexual life with partner. Will I ever enjoy sexual life with my partner or not? (age 27)
A: Decide to give up prone forever and then learn to masturbate by hand. You will be able to be sexual with a partner within a month or two. There is plenty of reason for hope.
I would like to thanks for your tremendous efforts. I am doing prone masturbation since I was 15. After visiting your site I decided to quit. I am very much worried about my future sexual life with partner. I am continously thinking that I will never be able to do normal sex? Will I produce children? (age 27)
A: Right now work on learning to masturbate conventionally. You seem to be a virgin. You will likely be able to function in intercourse by the time you get a sex partner. Prone masturbation does not affect fertility. Don't think about future sex problems and instead think of how much you're going to enjoy masturbating by hand in a few days.
I've done this sort of experiment before and I've suddenly been back masturbating prone for a bit and will stop today. But I don't ejaculate and I don't want to lose my sexual energy. Is it OK to do edging by hand? (age 30)
A: Too many men have convinced themselves they will stop prone today. But you cheat and expect me to tell you it's OK. Resolve to give up prone forever. Then masturbate by hand as often as you like. There is no such thing as edging. Edging is masturbating.
I'm 13, I've always masturbated prone. If I decide to quit prone masturbation and quit masturbating at all, can I still have normal sex with women when I get to be 20? I'm trying to fight my obsession and there seems to be no way for me to masturbate with my hands. (age 13)
A: If you quit prone masturbation now, there is no reason why you can't have normal sex with women when you're 20, or even much sooner. You will not succeed at quitting masturbation altogether, and it's a waste of time to even try. Channel your obsession into learning to masturbate with your hands.
I have been masturbating prone for as long as I can remember. I am not a virgin. I tried having sex with my partner twice but could not reach orgasm. I need help. (age 25)
A: So follow the cure program here on HealthyStrokes.com.
I only started masturbating two months ago, and it is prone. Obviously I should stop, but do I need to learn to masturbate by hand or can I quit? Since I've only been doing it for two months, how long will it take to be normal? (age 17)
A: If you're doing it more than three times a week, you cannot simply quit masturbating. Even if you could, you would need to take a week or so off before it would be wise to masturbate to orgasm by hand for the first time. I doubt that only two months of prone will make much difference in your future sexuality, so simply resolve to give up prone; learn to masturbate by hand; and a month from now, you might not even remember what prone was like.
I masturbated prone for four years but then I found that masturbating prone is the wrong way, thanks to HealthyStrokes.com. I was able to overcome prone masturbation and now i am able to masturbate to orgasm by hand. It will take time when you masturbate by hand for the first time but later you will be able to masturbate faster. My erections have also improved. My advice to you all is don't panic if you've been proning. Have faith in yourself and follow the steps on HealthyStrokes.com. Thank you to the author of this page. I can masturbate by hand now easily. (age 17)
I've been masturbating prone for around a decade now and I recently found out about the dangers of doing it prone, thanks to HealthyStrokes.com. I've been trying to switch my habits, however I want to know if it is particularly bad to thrust into my hand. I have been using my hand after abstaining for about 5 days, and I was able to get the clear liquid to ooze, but not fully ejaculate. My legs get this feeling like they want to move and I find that I can't stop them from moving or tingling. So I decided to stand up, hover my penis over the edge of my bed, stabilize my legs by leaning them into the side of the bed (so they stop moving), and thrust into my hand, as if to simulate intercourse. I've ejaculated twice within 4 hours by doing this. Is this an OK way to transition into doing it the normal way (moving hand up and down)? Is the "tingly" feeling in my legs a normal thing? If it's still a side effect of prone, would abstaining even longer make it stop?
I want to be able to masturbate the normal way, but I'm not sure if doing it the way I am is hurting or helping my progress. (age 21)
A: You don't say what you were thrusting into before. Believe it or not, the males who masturbate prone by thrusting into their hands tend to have worse sexual dysfunctions than those who thrust into their mattresses, pillows, bedding, or even the floor. I've occasionally recommended switching from those objects to the hand as part of the transition, but it is really better if you don't.
The leg tingling is very normal. Most males and females hold their legs stiff in front of them while masturbating to prevent that very thing. There is no reason to stand like you do and then masturbate prone into your hand.
Keep trying and do not masturbate a way that is even a little like prone. You're very close to succeeding.
After I discovered the site I immediately quit prone and after a week and a half I was cured. I am now able to masturbate the supine way every day for the last month but I have two questions.
1) I am only able to ejaculate normally with my hand only when I'm lying on my back. I haven't really tried to masturbate while sitting but when I do it doesn't feel comfortable enough. Should I worry and what should I do?
2) Most of the time I have normal ejaculations but sometimes when I masturbate two or more times in a day my semen comes in small quantities and splashes. Is it normal? (age 20)
A: If you only switched to supine a month ago, you are probably ready to try it at the computer, in the shower, etc. You are making good progress. It is quite normal for your ejaculations to be less voluminous the more recently you have ejaculated. I'm surprised you didn't notice that during your years of prone.
I have been masturbating prone since childhood. Earlier I used to do more often like 7-8 times a week but after getting married 5 years ago, I have reduced it to 1-2 times a week. Eight years ago, I learned my method of masturbation was different but did little to change to the conventional way. Last week I read about prone on HealthyStrokes.com and can relate to the side effects it has caused to my sex life. I want to change and cure myself. I have already started with the rehab program suggested. I have tried masturbating the normal way for 45 minutes or so but could not ejaculate. How many days should I try the normal method until I finally orgasm? (age 31)
A: You don't say whether you abstained from sex and masturbation for at least a week before trying to masturbate conventionally. That is important. Does your spouse know about this? He or she has to know that you're taking a break from sex and masturbation for a few weeks because it affects him or her too. Good luck to you both!
Follow-up: I was instantly able to correlate all my sexual problems mentioned due to my habit of prone masturbation since childhood, over 15 years. From that day I have never done prone masturbation. I struggled initially with the conventional way but with patience and perseverence I was able to masturbate conventionally after a few days. Initially, it took me around 40-45 minutes to cum but gradually it has reduced to around 5-7 minutes. I can masturbate with hands and with or without porn or any other visual aid. I love the conventional way of masturbating and have realized what I have missed by doing prone my entire life. I can stroke and rub my glans with my hand and ejaculate as I wish. It's really amazing. I discussed my prone habit with a sexologist but he said it does not matter and prescribed me medicine for my sexual problems. I have still not tried intercouse with my wife since I quit prone. I am planning to do it soon with her and I hope that I will now start enjoying sex. Thanks Doug. I will keep on updating my progress.
A: That all sounds good except for the part about not having tried sex with your wife since you quit prone in May, six months ago. How does your wife not want to have sex for that long? What does she think of this?
I have been masturbating in the prone position for the last 5 years. It's been 5 months now and I have been unsuccessful in transforming to the conventional method.
The problem with me is that I cannot abstain from masturbating and I also meet quite a few traits of a porn addict. I have once been able to abstain for 5 days but for no good. Masturbation is a real stress buster and I don't see myself going 7 days without it.
I do firmly believe in your method. I also understand the logic behind it as I myself have experienced the increased sensitivity in the short abstaining periods.
I can easily get a good firm erection using my hands and then stroke it about 20 mins. It feels good but not as amazing as prone. I have never been able to climax and revert to prone out of frustration.
Next month I will be joining college and really want to be normal like other kids. I see no way out of this horrifying depressive phase of life.
A: You have to resolve to give up prone forever, and that means no masturbation for you for a week (perhaps longer). Do not go back to prone. You have to reset the timer to zero whenever you do that. Take a week with no masturbation and you will be masturbating to orgasm by hand at this time next week. You will be an old pro at it by the time college starts.
Follow-up: Thanks for that and I really appreciate your help.
I have been trying to learn the conventional method of masturbation and the problem with me is that it's very difficult to achieve orgasm in the supine position. I enjoy stroking but do not feel any kind fluid traveling against the gravity.
Therefore I use the prone position but I stictly DO NOT rub the penis against the bedding. Instead, I stroke the shaft of penis using fingers. I do not grip it with my hand like in the conventional way. Today I was able to achieve orgasm through the described method.
Is this still prone or have I been cured?
A: If you're masturbating in the prone position, you have not been cured. Lie on your back to masturbate. Gravity has nothing to do with it.
I've been masturbating prone since I was 11. Now Iím 26. I feel pain in my prŪvate area. I think is a urethral problem. If I quit prone now, will this pain disappear?
A: Urethral pain is a problem for a doctor. Your regular doctor might have you see a urologist. I greatly advise quitting prone. It might not have anything to do with your pain, but it couldn't hurt to switch away from a punishing method of masturbating.
Can prone masturbation cause a herniated disk? (age 16)
A: I've never heard of that. I don't know anything about herniated discs and so can't say what causes them. If you masturbate prone, you need to stop it and learn to masturbate by hand.
Iíve been trying to stop prone since I found this site in April. Iíve been doing pretty well for the most part. My problem is Iím in a long distance relationship and me and my girl only see each other every three weeks. Since April Iíve done prone probably three times and itís only because I miss having sex with my girlfriend and it feels close to humping her. I feel gross after I do prone and want to stop 100%. Whenever I do prone do I ruin the progress Iíve made using my hand? (age 23)
A: By cheating and doing prone about once a month, you're not making it easier to recover. Resolve to give up prone masturbation forever.
I started prone masturbation in 2014, when I was 15. I stopped in 2017 but went back to prone in 2018 after I had sex with my girlfriend. We had intercourse for about an hour but I didn't orgasm. Will refraining from sex and masturbation for one month make me ejaculate? (age 19)
A: You need to give up prone forever. There is no need to abstain for a month, since you already know how to masturbate by hand. Go back to hand masturbation, and work at using less force. In a few weeks, try having sex again.
I have been prone masturbating since I was 5. Should I be worried? (age 12)
A: You should plan to switch to hand masturbation while you are still young. Many and perhaps most boys haven't even started masturbating at your age. Turn this around now.
I masturbate prone about twice a day. I have been doing this for about 3 years, but only recently have I increased it in frequency. How do I stop doing this before I have an irreversible condition? (age 15)
A: I never heard of anyone with irreversible prone masturbation. Simply resolve to never masturbate prone again; then take a week off from masturbating; and then learn to make yourself orgasm by hand. It will be fun!
I had my first sex around 4 months ago, yet I was unable to ejaculate and thus came to HealthyStrokes.com. I quit prone masturbation around 3 months ago, and got used to masturbation by hand. Recently I had sex with my new partner for the first time after having my first sexual intercourse and I was still unable to ejaculate. We tried oral sex as well yet it was more painful than pleasant, at least for me. During the intercourse I was barely able to feel any stimulation. Does it have to do with me using a condom? Or am I simply doing something wrong? (age 20)
A: You need practice. You have been masturbating by hand for less than three months. I would also suggest abstaining from masturbation for 5-7 days before having intercourse. As you get more experienced, you can reduce the interval. You can learn to reach orgasm with a partner while using a condom.
I have abstained from prone masturbation for about a week now (having practiced it since age 7), having tried to do it the conventional way for about 40 minutes today, I fell back to prone. It isn't hard for me to quit prone masturbation, but I believe I may be incapable of ever doing it the conventional way. I don't even really know what I am doing. Have you ever heard of cases where doing it the conventional way was not learned? (age 23)
A: I have never heard of a case that was intractable. All you did by going prone today was waste a week of abstinence. Now you have to abstain for another week. You are capable of masturbating to orgasm by hand. Now do it on the 4th of July.
I've finally been able to masturbate by hand without using prone to get it started. How long will it take before hand masturbation becomes quick and easy like prone masturbation? While masturbating by hand, I really have to work at it before I start to feel something. I can only reach orgasm if my legs are extended out. It's much harder for me to reach orgasm if I'm sitting. Is that fine? (age 26)
A: It will be a month or so before hand masturbation is as automatic for you as prone was. Then you will be able to do it sitting, at the computer, in the shower, in the car, anywhere you want. You will like it a lot better than prone. The leg thing is normal and you will probably continue to do that.
I have not masturbated in the prone position for about 2 months and since then I've been reaching orgasm using my hand and Vaseline. Those orgasms take over 15 minutes and I've had to tense my legs and buttocks to achieve orgasm. Sometimes I've even lost an erection while doing this. I went on vacation this week thinking I'd just hold off masturbation for a week. I caved on day 3 and tried doing it by hand supine without Vaseline since I had none. I hadn't masturbated without Vaseline in several years. I had an orgasm in 1-2 minutes. I thought it was a fluke but it happened again 2 more times since. I'm confused by this. Why was it much easier to achieve orgasm without the Vaseline? Should I just stop using lubricants all together? (age 20)
A: Vaseline is very goopy. It is a preferred lubricant among 10-13 year old boys but older males prefer water-based lubes. I think you would enjoy Warm Touch, which is available at Dollar Tree. Congratulations on giving up prone and on learning to do it dry.
I read the whole article and it really woke me up. I have never been a fast ejaculator. I have ejaculated in a mouth just twice in my life, and I have masturbated prone since 5 years old at least but recently (couple of years) I have noticed this is gradually getting worse. I have had erectile dysfunction a couple of times and wondered what is happening.
Today I got excited and practiced supine masturbation (for a change) and ejaculated within 5 minutes. It really felt way different. I started wondering why, and I Googled it and found HealthyStrokes.com. I couldn't believe I had been doing it wrong all these 30 years, and the consequences this carries.
Thank you! I will strictly change my habits from now on as you indicate, and hopefully your article will change my sexual life forever!
I'm currently a 21 year old male student with no sexual experience. I was not aware about prone masturbation until I started getting curious about this method I use to mastubate. I masturbate prone 3 times in a week.
After reading your website, I feel shocked about this. I've been doing this for almost 7 years now. I've been reading about how it can hinder my performance in the bedroom.
Is it still possible for me to become normal again? Can I fix this is and regain my strength even after all these years of going prone? I'm honestly really scared of all the damage I've caused on my private area. Is it damaged forever? (age 21)
A: You can change. You are not so old. Many men switched when they were older than you are. Resolve to give up prone forever. You can be masturbating by hand at this time next week. Then in a month or so, you can seek sexual fulfillment with a partner.
Iíve been proning since high school and never had a problem until now. I noticed itís hard to climax. Have I done too much damage? Is it too late? (age 23)
A: It is not too late. Many men have switched when they were a lot older than you. Make it your summer project and never do prone again.
For pretty much my entire life, I have masturbated prone. I knew it was different, and so I used to try the normal way too, which I found more difficult. I could ejaculate within a minute while masturbating prone, and I also ejaculated even while fooling around with a girl. I am afraid that I suffer from premature ejaculation. Recently, only my second time having sex, I could not get an erection and read about issues caused by prone masturbation. But unlike many comments here, I could ejaculate within 5 minutes with my hands, on day 3 after I gave up prone. It only got easier thereafter. Is this related to my premature ejaculation? (age 27)
A: It would be incorrect to say that you have premature ejaculation based on only having sex twice. Also, ejaculating within five minutes is not particularly fast. Typically, men who are diagnosed with PE ejaculate as soon as they enter their partners. Keep working at masturbating using only your hands, and work at having more sex.
I waited a week with no sexual activity and just tried to masturbate. I used lotion and really tried but couldnít make it happen. I really focused on my glans and it felt amazing but when I sort of peaked a clear liquid came out but it did not look like cum. Now what? (age 16)
A: Try again tomorrow. Do not go back to prone. Don't use lotion if you're not used to it. That would make it harder, not easier. Avoid touching the glans and see what you can do stroking the shaft and brushing against the widest part of the glans. The clear liquid was pre-cum. When you get that, you're very close, so stroke as hard and fast as you can until you orgasm.
I engaged in prone masturbation by putting severe pressure on my penis. Can prone masturbation cause reduced urine flow and bladder neck problems? Can it cause injury to the urethra? (age 23)
A: It might cause those problems, but they will go away easily simply by quitting prone and learning to masturbate conventionally. I suggest doing that. Once you've given up prone for about 6 months, if those things are still bothering you, then ask your doctor for a referral to a urologist.
I can already masturbate the conventional way but I prefer prone. Do I have to go through the whole abstinence period or can I just stop doing prone? (age 15)
A: Preferring prone is your problem. Prone is a problem. Decide to give up prone forever. You don't need to abstain because you already know how to masturbate conventionally. You are lucky that you have learned this at your age.
I have done masturbation the conventional way before. That time it was easy. I have been doing prone masturbation for two years and I can't masturbate in the conventional way. I read about prone masturbation and I am scared. Tell me what to do. (age 17)
A: I am trying to figure out what you mean. Since you say "that time," I think you only masturbated conventionally once. That one time really doesn't count. Decide to give up prone forever and take a week off from masturbating. Then masturbate by hand to orgasm while lying on your back. If you can remember what you did that one time, it will help some. Soon you will be doing it that way every time and will not be scared.
I am currently undergoing the abstaining phase and recently I read at some web site that women consider men with anorgsmia to be desirable.
I am really confused. Why don't we who masturbate prone have sex for hours, make her orgasm, let her be happy and satisfied and finish off things by humping her until we cum?
Does this plan makes sense? If so, should I continue with the abstaining phase? (age 19)
A: No, your plan makes no sense at all, and I suspect you've never had sex. Women don't like men with premature ejacuation (who orgasm right away) or who can't last until they've had their fun. Studies reveal that women like to have about 4-6 minutes of thrusting. That is the length of time that men should aim for. Women don't enjoy men with anorgasmia or delayed ejaculation who take 30-45 minutes, if they can reach orgasm at all.
Good luck with abstaining and giving up prone forever.
I masturbated prone for 12 years on a daily basis. A month ago I visited HealthyStrokes.com and followed your instructions and now I am able to masturbate by hand in the shower every day. I use coconut oil as a lubricant. I am only able to masturbate with coconut oil. I can't ejaculate without lubricant. I am a virgin and am afraid if I'll be able to ejaculate in a partner. I am getting married in a few months. Lubricants for masturbation are not available in my town. Is it normal to not ejaculate without lubricant? (age 27)
A: Congratulations on giving up prone. Most males give up prone by learning to masturbate in bed without lube. Once they have achieved that, I urge them to learn to use water-based lube. Masturbating in the shower is an advanced technique for after learning to masturbate in bed by hand. Coconut oil is also problematic because it cannot be used in intercourse. Water-based lube is recommended because it mimics women's natural lube and can be used during intercourse. Certainly you could acquire water-based lube by mail or Internet order. Please work on that and learn to masturbate by hand in bed with water-based lube before you get married.
I have been masturbating prone since 5th grade when I was 10 or 11 and I had no idea what it was but it felt good. Around 13, I started to cum and I got confused. I've been ignoring this for years and now I'm 18. All my friends talk about getting BJs and I can't even get a proper erection because of prone. I've already decided to give it up and I haven't done prone in weeks, but whenever I manage to get hard and masturbate, I end up urinating. I need help on what to do.
A: Always urinate before you masturbate or do anything sexual. Focus on what arouses you and think only about that. When you feel like you're close to orgasm, stroke as hard and fast as you can until you do. Once you've gotten past that, it will be easier, and you can work at using less force and a slower stroke.
I gave up prone about a year and a half ago after reading about the problems it can cause. At first normal masturbation was difficult but now I can do it fine. I use a silky pair of shorts but I don't think that should be a problem, right? Like how some people use lotion. I've not quite had sex yet because I've struggled with social anxiety and such around women but I've improved on that a lot recently so I'm fairly confident I'm on my way. But once I do, what are the odds I'll have any issues? (age 19)
A: You can only learn that by trying intercourse with a woman. You should not assume you will have problems. You are more likely to find it's the most fun you've ever had. You're about the right age for first intercourse. Go for it, and be glad you've put prone behind you. You should not wear silky shorts or any kind of shorts when you masturbate. Be completely free below the waist and enjoy your freedom of movement.
Follow-up: I wasn't clear. You thought I meant I wear silky shorts when I masturbate. I meant I essentially have them in my hand and used to do it similar to how guys use lotion on their hands.
A: It's a problem if you have to have those silky shorts. I would suggest using water-based lube instead. Water-based lube mimics the natural lubrication of a vagina. Women do not have built-in silky shorts.
I've been masturbating prone since I was 6 years old. I discovered it at a very early age. I'm 35 now, still a virgin, since all the chances I've gotten to have sex with a woman have been ruined by not being able to get an erection. I tried step 1 and 2 of the program. It's been 9 days since the last time I masturbated and I tried today for the first time on my back. I started to get half hard for a few seconds but then nothing. I did not finish after around 30 minutes. I'm not going back to prone. Is there still hope for me or do you think this is a more serious condition? Is it normal for this to happen? Should I wait a few more weeks before trying again?
A: Given your age and erection trouble and almost 30 years of masturbating prone, I suggest you use Viagra or a similar drug as you learn to masturbate by hand. You can overcome this. Many men your age and older have.
In the night, I unconsciously rub my penis into the bed (without removing my pants) around 3 or 4 times, before I catch myself. Will this affect the week of abstinence period in any way? (age 15)
A: How do you know you only do that 3 or 4 times? It is better if you can prevent that from happening. I would suggest wearing heavier pants to bed during the abstinence period.
I have been masturbating prone for about four years. Iíve become very accustomed to it and now after reading HealthyStrokes.com, I feel very insecure about it. When Iíve tried to orgasm using the conventional method after 3 days of abstaining (not 7), I didnít have any results orgasming after about 30 minutes. Will abstaining for seven make that much of a difference? I am really worried that Iím suffering from a serious issue and I wonít be able to have good sex. (age 18)
A: I've been advising males about this almost as long as you've been alive. I tell them to abstain for seven days (not three) because seven works. As you already know, three days of abstaining doesn't work for you. Feel lucky you learned about this after only four years of prone. You can be cured soon.
Iíve been doing prone since I accidentally discovered it at around four. Iím 20 now, so thatís 16 years. I tried your week-long abstinence method, and it worked, but Iím still worried that itís too late to fully turn this issue around. Can I still have a normally working wiener? (age 20)
A: Yes, I think you will feel a lot better about it in a few months. Practice makes perfect.
My boyfriend has erectile issues. I wonder why he doesn't ask for intercourse on our times together. Even when we have intercourse for twice, the second time after climax he moans by removing his penis. In the beginning he could even move properly after insertion of his penis in my vagina. We planned to get married this month. I just thought to ask him how does he masturbate to know what actually he's been doing with his penis all this time. While drunk he said that he never used his hand to masturbate and he uses the bed to do that by lying down on his stomach. Then today I did a search and thankfully found HealthyStrokes.com. Let me know what can be done. (female, age 26)
A: Thank you for trying to help your fiance. He has to be the one who wants to change. He might be surprised you know how he masturbates since you asked him when he was drunk. He might not even remember telling you. Show him HealthyStrokes.com and help him decide to give up prone and learn to masturbate by hand.
I have been masturbating prone since I was 8. I tried normal methods and I couldnít orgasm. I think I tried it twice but thatís because I didnít wait a week. Do you think I should wait two weeks and then do it so that my penis will be sensitive? I am very scared that it will not be cured and I am scared to tell my parents and scared to tell a doctor too. (age 17)
A: Those people want to help you. You should not be scared of them. Anyway, they all masturbate themselves. Abstain for a full week and then you will be able to masturbate to orgasm by hand. You are young and can be cured before school starts!
Thank you for your information on how to overcome prone masturbation. I quit it and have never felt better. Again, thank you. You're the best!
I have never achieved orgasm through prone masturbation. However, I have enjoyed rubbing and thrusting my penis into my bed for years. Now that Iím becoming sexually active with a partner, Iím having a lot of trouble achieving erection and no success achieving orgasm. I also have little interest in supine masturbation, which Iíve begun exploring for the first time. If I never used the prone position to the point of orgasm, can the rubbing and occasional thrusting have still caused my problems? (age 19)
A: Prone masturbation is bad whether you do it to orgasm or not. I'm having a hard time believing you've never masturbated to orgasm at all at your age. Are you sure you're not younger than 19?
I have been masturbating prone since I was 8. I want to quit because the last time I was with a female who happens to be a virgin, I was going to see if I would be able to devirgin her. I couldn't do it. She performed manual and oral sex on me and yet I couldn't reach orgasm. I need advice on how to quit masturbation of any kind and gain back my sexuality. (age 22)
A: All you need to do is abstain for a week and then learn to masturbate to orgasm by hand. You can do it.
Can I do other things with my girlfriend that turn me on (makeout, fingering, etc.) during my abstinence period if I donít ejaculate or treat my organs roughly? (age 21)
A: No. Don't do anything sexual with anyone.
Can prone masturbation lead to Peyronieís disease or venous leak if done too much? (age 24)
A: Not that I've ever heard. Those are both rare conditions.
I came to HealthyStrokes.com looking for tips on how to masturbate in a college dorm. I learned that I have been doing prone masturbation. I decided to stop on the spot.
- I had to be circumcised when I was young because of a serious case of phimosis. What are the negatives and positives of being circumcised?
- How can I let out the pressure built up from moving into college and another country plus not being able to wank for a week?
- I have a serious fetish for overweight/fat/obese women. Is that all right?
- What are the dangers of not wanking for a week? (age 18)
A: 1. Lots of men are circumcised. There is nothing you can do about it now. 2. You were strong enough to get into college in another country. You are strong enough to go a week without a wank. 3. I don't know. That's not my area of expertise, and there's nothing you're going to do about it in the next week anyway. 4. You will be fine. The dangers of prone masturbation are much greater.
I had large erections that rubbed against my underpants during my abstinence period. Does that ruin the abstinence period? Iím now attempting hand masturbation and having trouble even getting erect much less orgasming. (age 19)
A: Congratulations on your erectability. Those erections did not ruin you abstinence period. It is typical for males to be anxious and have trouble getting an erection the first time they try to masturbate by hand after an abstinence period. Relax and look at something arousing. You will erect and be able to masturbate to orgasm soon.
I have been mastrubating in the prone position for 15 years. Sometimes I masturbate supine as well. Two months ago, I got a chance to have sex with my partner. I easily got an erection but was not enough hard to penetrate her and lost it during penetration. A month ago, I came to know about HealthyStrokes.com and read it throughly. I gave up the prone position completely 6 weeks ago and took a week of abstention. Then I masturbated conventionally three times a week.
Now I feel like I am attaining less erection strength while stroking. I am going to get married soon. I need your advice. (age 26)
A: I advise males to be able to masturbate daily for a month before trying intercourse again. I suggest using visual aids if your erections are not suitable without them. Since you have already been free of prone for six weeks, perhaps you could try intercourse again after only two weeks of daily masturbation. I hope you and your partner are up to speed soon so you don't have to worry about it at your wedding.
Amazing article. Thanks to you I got aware of prone masturbation. Recently I tried masturbating in the supine position (2nd day after I read your article) and I could erect but not ejaculate. Why is this happening? (age 18)
A: If you read my advice on giving up prone, you know I said to abstain for seven days before trying to masturbate by hand. You didn't wait that long. Try again.
I read HealthyStrokes.com carefully. I have been doing bed humping for almost 20 years. However, it is not my exclusive technique anymore. I think it would be absolutely necessary to distinguish guys who are practicing it without an erection and guys who are doing it with a complete erection. I assume the main harmful consequences you mention are due to the practice of masturbation with a soft penis rather than the technique itself.
I find it extremely hot watching young guys masturbate by bed humping. Is it weird? Do you hear anyone into this? (age 35)
A: You did not read my site carefully. If you had, you would know that any prone masturbation is harmful. Doing it without an erection is worse. Nearly all males who grew up practicing prone did it with full erections. Until they noticed their erections weren't as good anymore. It is good that you have learned to masturbate conventionally, but it is important that you also give up prone forever. Give your sexuality a chance to heal while you are still young.
I know people are into porn of men humping beds because porn like that exists. I have seen some of those videos and find it very heartbreaking, not arousing. I feel the same way about those videos that women recovering from eating disorders feel about videos of women practicing eating disorders. I hope the men in those videos are only masturbating prone for sake of the video and don't do that on their own.
I'm 14 and have stopped prone masturbation for 4 days. I'm gonna wait the remaining 3 days to masturbate normally. What happens if I can't ejaculate via the conventional way on my first try?
A: Wait another day or two and try again.
I just learned that I have been prone masturbating all these years and this is the only way of masturbating I know. Until recently, I thought this was normal and that every male must masturbate prone.
It is quite sad that we don't have much information on this thing. I hope that I am able to follow the cure method steps which start with abstaining, and am able to fix myself and able to have a normal sexual life. It should be and should be part of teenager's sexual education. I wish someone had educated me about it when I was in my teens. I don't know how much damage has been done by my prone masturbating for around two decades. (age 32)
A: Good luck with the cure program. Many men older than you have succeeded at it. You can overcome your two decades of prone.
I discovered masturbation really young and for whatever reason, prone felt natural. I've been doing it for about 7 years. Has it stunted my penis growth? (age 16)
A: Prone masturbation will not affect your penis size. But you are young and can quit prone easily. Please do. Your penis will thank you.
Do wet dreams ruin the abstinence period? I still get those occasionally and Iím worried this ruined all my work. (age 14)
A: Yes. If you have a wet dream, you need to start the abstinence clock over again.
Yesterday I tried to masturbate with my hand for the first time but failed and came to know I am suffering from prone masturbation. I heeded the advice on HealthyStrokes.com and decided not to masturbate for a week. Today I got super horny while watching a movie and and tried to masturbate with my left hand while lying on the bed. I was successfuly able to ejaculate. Have I overcome prone masturbation now? (age 17)
A: I don't know. The test is if you can give up prone forever and only masturbate by hand. If you can do it again tomorrow and the next day and the next day, then I would say you have succeeded. If you are tempted to go back to prone or take more than an hour to masturbate to orgasm by hand, then you will need to do an abstinence period. And this time, don't watch things you find arousing.
I think I'm in real danger. I will never enjoy sex in my life. I have masturbated prone from the age of 6 and since 18 when I masturbate, I put pressure on my penis with my hand and don't stroke, or I take it left to right. It's the only way for me to come. I tried the usual method and I can't get satisfaction. With women in the past, I can't find satisfaction. The technique can't be duplicated in sex. Only a few times have I really enjoyed sex, when my partner was on top and SOFTLY went up and down. Are things over for me? I've been masturbating the wrong way an average of once a day for 30 years. (age 36)
A: Yes, you can change even at your age. Many men have. It is a good sign that you can reach orgasm from cowgirl intercourse. Make a vow to give up prone forever and work starting a week from now of learning to masturbate by hand. You can do it.
I masturbated prone in past. Thanks to HealthyStrokes.com, I now masturbate conventionally. My penis now gets very hard which results in ejaculating very early. How can I last longer? (age 20)
A: Most males find they reach orgasm more quickly after they switch from prone to conventional. As you get used to the feeling, it will be easier for you to delay orgasm. A hard penis is a very good thing, which is not a cause of early ejaculation. I think most of the men who read this would like to be you!
I've recently quit prone masturbation with the help of this site. Thank you so much! I'm finding that I can only masturbate consistently while thinking about certain types of girls. If they don't have certain characteristics, it takes me as long as an hour or even won't happen, but if they do, I can masturbate to orgasm easily. Is this related to my history of prone, or an unrelated fetish? How can I be equally turned on by women without these exact characteristics? My girlfriend doesn't have these characteristics and I'm nervous to become sexually active with her before this is resolved. (age 19)
A: I've never heard of that being connected to prone. Be glad you gave up prone. If fantasizing about these certain women helps, then fantasize about them. Work at getting aroused by more women. Keep an open mind.
Iím currently in the middle of the part of overcoming prone where I should jerk off by hand every day for a month. I was doing really well, but I didnít have time to masturbate the past two nights. Is this bad? (age 20)
A: No, don't worry about that. Just keep doing it every day that you can until it's been 4-6 weeks and you will be completely accustomed to the new feeling.
I have been engaged in prone masturbation since the age of 12. I used to do twice a day frequently. I knew prone masturbation would affect the normal sexual life, but it was hardest to overcome and shift to normal masturbation. Recently I have experienced that I could orgasm when my fiance gave me a hand job and blow job. After that I felt very frustrated and hopeless. I went to HealthyStrokes.com and found many opinions on this problem and decided to stop prone masturbation. I controlled all my urges for 10 days and then I tried normal masturbation with hands. I was able to reach orgasm. I was mentally very determined. I am feeling relaxed and hope my sex life will be better. I am posting this to help people out there who are going through the same. Please stop prone and mentally determine to stop it completely and then try with normal method. It's safe and easy. (age 29)
A: And fun too!
Is it to switch from prone to using a blanket or sock to cover my penis? It's harder with skin to skin contact while using my hand? (age 18)
A: No. You have to learn to masturbate by hand. After you have learned that, you can learn to use lube, which will make skin-to-skin contact easier and more fun. One thing at a time.
I masturbate prone since the very beginning, when I was 9 years old. Now I'm 20 and came to know about how bad it is because of HealthyStrokes.com. I stopped prone masturbation and switched to masturbating by hand. Once in a while I do prone masturbation, about once a month. I'm not able to stop it completely. I just need to know about the problems of doing prone masturbation rarely, because I still can masturbate using my hand easily.
A: You need to give up prone forever, or you will continue to have the problems that prone masturbation caused you. Even cheating once a month is too much. Resolve to never do prone again. It will get easier after you have gone many months without doing prone even once.
I'm not currently sexually active nor do I plan to be for at least another few years when I'm married. Since it doesn't seem like I'm causing any physical damage, why not wait to switch over to the conventional method until I'm closer to becoming sexually active? (age 26)
A: You are causing ongoing damage to your sexual functioning. You need to give up prone now and work at being fully recovered by the time you become sexually active. You need to undo 13 or more years of conditioning by prone masturbation. Also, you're too old to still be a virgin. After you give up prone and learn to masturbate conventionally, work at finding a partner.
Your web site has been a lifesaver for me. I masturbated in the prone position for years until stopping cold turkey approximately 6 months ago. After abstaining for a month, I am able to masturbate in the supine position. However, in order to orgasm, I have found that I need to tense up my leg muscles quite a lot. And it often takes me around 20 minutes to orgasm. The problem is that while I have been able to ejaculate from manual stimulation with a woman, when I have sexual intercourse, I do not feel enough friction and I can't tense my leg muscles. I have trouble sustaining an orgasm. Do you have any advice for me? Thanks so much in advance! (age 37)
A: Congratulations on giving up prone. Tensing legs is normal; most men and most women do that, including those with no history of prone. It's good that you can reach orgasm from manual intercourse. That is difficult for many men with a history of prone. I would suggest working on not needing to hold your legs tense every time while masturbating. You might also try masturbating while kneeling sometime. Practice makes perfect when it comes to vaginal intercourse. Have you tried woman on top?
I was cured from prone masturbation four months ago thanks to HealthyStrokes.com. Now I am able to masturbate in the supine position. I can masturbate lying on my back and I can masturbate while sitting. But I can't masturbate standing up. Any tips to masturbate in multiple positions with no problem? (age 22)
A: You have added two new positions in the past four months. As you get more accustomed to non-prone masturbation, it will be easier for you to do it in more places. Keep working at it.
I started prone masturbating around the age of 13-14. It was the only way I could reach orgasm. When I got to college, I couldn't perform with multiple girls that I tried having sex with.
I later read about the harms of prone masturbating. It took me a while, but I finally was able to retrain myself and jerk off with my hand. I am still having trouble keeping and maintaining an erection. When I jack off with my hands, it takes me a while to get it up and then I don't feel like I have a full erection until the very end when I am about to finish. Last week I actually relapsed and did prone. I really am nervous about having sex, and am considering taking ED pills. (age 19)
A: It is essential that you never masturbate prone again. Don't relapse if you're having a bad day with your hand. It is also important to only masturbate when you have a satisfactory erection. If you follow those two rules, you are likely to have a much better chance of success.
I just saw this site today and I'm amazed at how wonderful it is. I have been masturbating since I was 13. My first time was prone because I didn't even know what I was doing and what masturbation meant. But then it became a habit and I stopped prone masturbation and shifted to the normal way. Now I feel like my erections are not long and hard as compared to what was in my childhood. I have stopped prone masturbation long back, but still I don't have hard erections and also I shoot out less volume than before. I want to get my rock hard erections back and also be able to shoot out loads. Any advice would be of help. (age 21)
A: You don't say at what age you switched from prone, but it sounds like a long time ago. I doubt your erections are still suffering from the prone you did from age 13 to when you switched. You didn't say anything about sex with a partner. I'm thinking you're a virgin. When you try intercourse (which you should do soon), if your erections are good enough, then you don't have a problem. Your semen volume is what it is.
I want to say thank you for this information! I wish more men knew about it and that prone was taught as harmful in sex-ed and by parents for that matter, because I suspect many who masturbate prone don't report it and aren't having fulfilling sex because of that! I have never been able to explain to partners why I am like this. It is also just a huge relief to know I'm not the only one. (age 25)
A: First, resolve to quit prone and then do so. Second, learn to masturbate by hand. Then, when next you have sex with a partner, if you run into difficulty, tell them you're working on overcoming a sexual dysfunction. Most partners would want to help. More likely, it won't be a problem and you'll find yourself more sexually functional.
Is a Fleshlight a good tool to help quit prone masturbating? (age 18)
A: No. You quit prone and then learn to masturbate by hand. Once you have accomplished that, a toy might help you to learn a lighter grip. I recommend the Super Head Honcho which is a soft sleeve and more closely simulates a vagina than the Fleshlight, which has a hard outer case.
Iíve read your article on prone masturbation and how to fix it. I masturbate prone. Iíve been doing it since I can remember. Just recently I received my first fellatio, and I was unable to orgasm. Luckily, the girl was inexperienced and didnít question it. Since this, I realized that it wasnít nearly as pleasurable as prone masturbation, and I assumed thatís why I couldnít orgasm. From HealthyStrokes.com, I am much relieved to find there is a way to fix it. I will be fixing it ASAP, and will refrain from prone masturbation forever. Thank you for all the help. Hopefully I can orgasm in this girlís mouth soon. (age 17)
Is it necessary to masturbate every day to recover from prone, or can I just casually masturbate on my back when I want? Working is draining my energy to masturbate. (age 26)
A: The program calls for daily masturbation by hand for a month. By increasing the interval, you are lengthening the time until you will feel cured. Try to find time to masturbate every day.
I discovered your site about a month ago and it has been a great help to my problem and am very thankful to you for it. This happened after I managed to get an erection hard enough for sex but could not feel any sensation. Since then I have learned to masturbate by hand. When I masturbate by hand, I do not get a really hard erection but am still able to ejaculate. I wondered if this was normal when first learning to do it by hand because I am not sure that it would be hard enough to have good sex. (age 21)
A: After you switch to hand masturbation (i.e., give up prone), only masturbate when you have a satisfactory erection. If you masturbate soft, you're teaching your body that you don't need an erection to be sexual. But you do.
I did prone for about six years until I came across HealthyStrokes.com. Since mid-August I have been able to masturbate by hand. It takes me at least 90 minutes until I am able to ejaculate. Is this a problem? (age 19)
A: That is definitely a problem. You should be able to masturbate to orgasm in about five minutes, especially at your age. Work at being able to finish faster. Being determined to finish usually helps.
I masturbated prone from 13 to 23 years old. I wanted to stop it after reading your web site. However, I have been trying to masturbate the normal way for 5 months, but I can't reach orgasm. I wonder if I need to see a doctor. (age 24)
A: You don't say if you've stopped prone. Since you can't masturbate any other way, I have to believe you haven't. Go at least a week without masturbating and then do it by hand.
I stopped prone masturbating after I read about it here but I didn't wait 7 days until I masturbated normally. I still ejaculated normally and I needed around 5 minutes. Is it OK that I didn't wait 7 days? And is it OK if I start having sex again in around a month? (age 17)
A: Both of those are OK. Congratulations on switching. Make sure you've decided to give up prone forever.
I just can't find pleasure in masturbating conventionally. Is this normal? I've abstained for a week. (age 17)
A: Most guys don't enjoy conventional masturbation as much as prone when they first switch. You'll like it a lot better within a few weeks. Do not go back to prone. After two or three months of masturbating by hand, you might even forget what prone was like, and you will like conventional masturbation much more.
I have been doing prone my whole life. Could I keep doing it and try to cure it only when I find a girlfriend? Longer prone masturbation won't harm me, since I will be able to give it up in few months no matter when I decide to do it. (age 19)
A: Your reasoning is not correct. You can quit smoking as easily when you're 19 as when you're 70, but why wait until you have smoking-related disease? Instead of trying to crash cure yourself of prone masturbation when you find a girlfriend (it often happens very quickly!), why not do it now and be ready for that new girlfriend by Christmas?
What's the minimum age you consider appropriate for a guy to start watching porn? Also, if I consider myself a feminist, would it be appropriate for me to watch porn as long as it's ethical and non-exploitive? (age 17)
A: I'm not a fan of video porn, and I hesitate to recommend it to anyone. I often advise males to use simple nude photos for stimulation. Most feminists are strongly anti-porn and don't consider any photos or video used for masturbation to be pro-feminist. Me, I think simple nudity is acceptable as long as the models are consenting and appropriately compensated.
I have been doing prone forever. I am unable to get hard and sustain an erection and I recently got my blood work that suggests my testosterone levels are low. Is it because of prone masturbation? I have quit prone for two months now and can ejaculate by the conventional way but my erections are not hard enough, and it is only just before ejaculating that I am hard. (age 32)
A: Prone masturbation does not cause low testosterone levels. If you have only given up prone two months ago, then your erections are still in recovery. Only masturbate when you have a strong erection that would be good enough for intercourse. Do what your doctor suggests about the low testosterone.
I have done prone masturbation for 8 years and I began to feel a burning senastion during urination. My doctor checked by cystoscopy and told me that I have urethral stricture and inserted a catheter for 10 days. He sent me to a urologist for surgery but the urologist said I don't need surgery. I have visited 3 times. Now my burning problem is solved but my big problem is I feel big pain after masturbating for days. Please help me. I am dying every day of pain. My life is over because of prone masturbation and I blame myself every second. (age 22)
A: Hold on! I have never heard of prone masturbation causing urethral stricture or burning during urination. You obviously had a severe urological problem but that doesn't mean that prone masturbation caused it. When you talk to your urologist, tell him about the pain after masturbating and ask him how often you should be masturbating, if at all. For now, work on overcoming this urethral issue. When you are able to masturbate again, then switch to hand masturbation, and you will be able to put away your history of prone. Never be afraid to tell the doctor that you masturbate, or how. The doctor is trying to help, and he masturbates too.
I used to masturbate prone once a day. I stopped for 4 days and then tried to masturbate by hand. I came twice in an hour. My penis hurt afterward. Is that normal, and is it OK to use oil to masturbate or should I use only my hand? (age 20)
A: Most guys with a history of prone use too much force when they switch to masturbating by hand. It is not surprising that your penis hurt after you masturbated to orgasm twice in an hour. Oil is fine, although most men your age prefer water-based lube to masturbate. Congratulations on switching to your hand after only four days.
It's not working. I go 14 days without masturbating and my hand does nothing. I even went 14 days, had a 3 day relapse, went another 7 and still hand did nothing. I just want a new penis please. A donor one on ice. Could the amount of damage done possibly take years? (age 33)
A: You ought to be able to masturbate to orgasm by hand after seven days. Your relapse did not help you overcome prone. You will not get a new penis. Try again and make sure you're very, very aroused when next you try to masturbate by hand. Don't go back to prone and you will feel like new within months.
I have been masturbating in the prone position ever since I was 5. I was able to switch from prone this summer and typically masturbate 1-2 times a day the conventional way. Whenever I masturbate, I use too much pressure and cannot get an erection easily. When I do get an erection, I cannot stay hard for a long period of time. This has been killing my confidence and causing more anxiety. I am worried that it may affect a relationship I may have in the near future. There are many girls I'm attracted to but I have been avoiding pursuing girls for sex for this reason. Is it possible I have ED? (age 21)
A: If you cannot erect satisfactorily even when masturbating alone, then you have erectile dysfunction (ED). I suggest only masturbating when you have a decent erection. You can learn to use less force by masturbating with a toy I recommend called the Super Head Honcho at least some of the time.
Itís been two or so years since Iíve stopped masturbating prone, and my erections have been doing well and I can masturbate normally. However, for the past 2 days, I did prone again and broke my two year streak. Today, when I did it and immediately regretted it, I found some red in my semen. Am I OK, and will I still be OK if I donít do it again? (age 14)
A: I urge males to give up prone forever. After two years, you should have had no urge to do prone again. Only a doctor can tell what the red was in your semen. It's possible you injured something by doing prone roughly after two years of only masturbating by hand. I would start by only masturbating by hand and seeing if the red goes away. If not, go to the doctor.
I unlearned prone but my orgasms are like 20% of what they were! Is this a permanent thing or will it heal? (age 20)
A: As you get more accustomed to hand masturbation, you will gain the ability to make your orgasms as strong as they were before. Be patient. Do not go back to prone.
I'm a virgin and I have been masturbating prone since I was 14. I discovered jerking off with my hands when I was 17 and did it quite a few times but eventually went back to prone. I would watch porn on my bed in the prone position and jerk myself off once every two days. I tried quitting masturbation because I felt guilty and felt it was bad but would relapse within a week.
I read HealthyStrokes.com last night and went straight to my bathroom and started using my hands. It was difficult and I had to switch between the videos I was watching but ejaculated in about half an hour.
I feel like I have urinary incontinence. There's always some left inside and I have to shake it out. I feel the urge to urinate almost immediately after drinking water. Is it because I went prone for almost 7 years? (age 21)
A: The easy part first: You don't have incontinence. For most men, urinary trouble involves the prostate being inflamed and constricting the urethra so they can't urinate completely. This is normally only a problem in men over 50. Only a doctor could diagnose it. If you have think you're having prostate trouble, you should see a doctor.
It's good that you could masturbate to orgasm by hand right away. If you've read this site, you know I urge males to abstain for 7 days before trying. Please continue to stay away from prone and only masturbate by hand. It's also time to find a plan to no longer be a virgin.
After 30 years of prone masturbation, and as I said in the past message, I have only reached orgasm via cowgirl intercourse. When I masturbate with my hand and have an erection, my penis points up to my stomach. Is that a worrying sign? I think I'm addicted to porn and can't get to orgasm without thinking scenes, etc. (age 37)
A: I only know what your past message is if you say "I'm the one whose previous question was published on March 18, 2017." It is good for your penis to point toward your stomach during hand masturbation. Be sure to give up prone forever. Lots of men can't reach orgasm without using images. Doing that isn't as bad as prone.
I have been prone masturbating for almost 2 years. I am really glad I found HealthyStrokes.com. Is the month of conventional masturbation after the abstinence period necessary for healing? Can I stop masturbation and porn for 90+ days straight without even masturbating conventionally? (age 19)
A: My cure program is designed to get you to masturbate conventionally. Giving up masturbation altogether is something I don't recommend and something you are unlikely to succeed at.
I've been masturbating prone since I was 10. Yesterday I decided to stop prone and learn how to masturbate conventionally. Today was difficult because I really want to masturbate, but I'm not going to. I heard that prone was a problem when I was 15 but I didn't care so much and I delayed. Am I too old to give up prone, because If I remember correctly, 7 days is long enough for a younger boy to abstain, but for adults 7 days is not. (age 19)
A: Congratulations on deciding to give up prone and on making it through your tough first day of abstinence. No one is too old to switch. I advise seven days abstinence because nearly everyone will be able to masturbate to orgasm by hand after that long, whereas if I said three or four days, a lot of people would not be able to. Age only matters slightly. You're not such an old guy that it would make a difference.
I quit prone nearly three months ago and I just tried having sex with my girlfriend and could not get a hard enough erection and even what little I had subsided in 10 minutes. I had taken 50 mg Viagra. What should I do? (age 30)
A: 50 mg Viagra is a large dose. I tell younger males to break a 50 mg pill into as many as eight pieces (or piles of powder, more likely) and then put them into empty capsules (available at a health store). Then take one or two of the now ~6 mg capsules as needed. It is more important that you relax when you're with your girlfriend. Only masturbate when you have a decent enough erection for intercourse.
Why do I feel the need to urinate when I am masturbating conventionally? When I have an erection and urinate, I lose the erection. (age 19)
A: Masturbating conventionally is a new sensation for you. When you're experiencing something new, you're hyper aware of other sensations in your genitals, like even a slight need to urinate. Always urinate before beginning a masturbation session, so you will be less likely to feel the need during it. As you get more experienced, the bladder sensation will become less important.
I stared mastubating prone, did it for 4 years then switched to normal masturbation. I still masturbated prone occasionally like once every 3 months until recently when I decided to give up prone completely. Now I can easily masturbate by hand only. Can I be completely healed from prone masturbation? (age 26)
A: Yes, if you have been masturbating by hand now for, what, 9 years, and only did prone a few times a year, and have now decided to stop prone altogether, I think you will be fine. Stick with your resolve and never masturbate prone again.
Is there anyone who cannot masturbate conventionally although he quit prone masturbation compeletely? (age 23)
A: I've never known a case that was intractable, but I have heard many men report that it took longer for them to switch completely, relative to what most men have said on HealthyStrokes.com and in the support forum.
I am at the fourth day of abstinence. While I was sitting, suddenly, I ejaculated a little bit of liquid from my penis. It is sticky like semen. Did this ruin the abstinence period? (age 19)
A: Yes. Restart the clock.
Is the overcoming prone masturbation program for anyone who masturbates prone or only for extreme cases? Does prone masturbation include lying prone and rubbing with your hand and not humping or thrusting? (age 22)
A: Any prone masturbation is dysfunctional and needs to be eliminated. Please explain how lying prone and rubbing with your hand is fun. You would enjoy it more if you had a full range of motion and were not putting undue pressure on either your penis or your arm.
Can prone masturbating cause phimosis or problems with the skin on the forehead? (age 18)
A: A few males have reported both phimosis and prone masturbation over the years, but I don't think one causes the other. I think by forehead you mean foreskin. Obviously, however you masturbate can affect the foreskin. But a foreskin problem doesn't need to be permanent. If prone masturbation has disaffected it, it will recover as soon as prone is stopped.
I masturbated prone since I was a toddler. I didn't know what it was. I just thought the pressure felt nice. I did it a lot. It became a sexual habit around 11-12. So I've been doing this almost daily for 18-19 years, unknowingly hurting myself until very recently. I'm a virgin, but I'm trying to end that with my girlfriend. While with her and trying to have sex with her, I got half-hard, and then lost it. Multiple times, multiple nights. I'm on the program now, but my question is this: What degree of hardness really constitutes a "proper" erection when masturbating? When prone, I was always "rock-hard" when ejaculating, but often was in varying degrees of semi-hardness or flacid when starting off. When masturbating the correct way with my hand, supine position or standing up, I find that I often have to touch myself a lot first to get that full erection. Do I need to train myself to get that erection just by erotic thoughts? Is this bad for me? Also, is this the usual 3-4 months before my ED goes away, or should I try again with her sooner? (age 22)
A: A proper erection is one that is hard enough for vaginal penetration and lasts long enough for you to reach orgasm inside your partner. Only masturbate when you have a decent erection. Anything short of that is teaching your penis that it doesn't need to be hard to have an orgasm. It is perfectly OK if you engage in touching to bring on an erection. You could try being sexual with your partner before long. You don't need to wait 3-4 months.
I've been prone masturbating for 10 years, so started when I was 5. I've always known that my method of sexual pleasure is rather unconventional and never really thought anything of it. Yesterday I read about the consequences of it both physically and mentally. I've decided to stop masturbating prone and start using the conventional method. I'm getting pleasure out of it and am getting an erection (slower than prone method) but am unable to ejaculate. Am I doing something wrong? (age 15)
A: You are already masturbating conventionally even though you only gave up prone yesterday. You are supposed to take a week off from masturbating before trying the conventional method. Do that and you will have an easier time of it. Congratulations on deciding to give up prone so young.
Every time I think I'm quitting prone I end up masturbating that way the same night. HealthyStrokes.com is a big eye-opener but quitting prone is as bad as quitting drugs. What can I do? (age 20)
A: You are not trying very hard. No one has ever experienced withdrawal or needed professional rehab to quit prone. No one has to masturbate every single day. There must have been some days the past years where you did not. I have some tips on the page for quitting prone masturbation to help you abstain. Once you get past three days, it is not so difficult to last a week. You will like conventional masturbation better than prone.
Follow-up: After a lot of failures, I didn't masturbate for 3 days and on the 4th say I tried by hand and I guess it was the best orgasm I ever had. I realized what I was really missing in life. Should I continue by hand or take one more week off and then do it again?
A: No need to abstain anymore. Keep doing it again and again!
Thanks for the effort you've put here. I have masturbated prone since 14, and I didn't know it was so damaging until I had my first sex with my love of life one month ago. I couldn't feel any sensation in my penis (so hard rock) and couldn't feel the same sexual arousal she was going through. She was horny and wet, and I was like a miserable loser with no heart. I wondered what my problem is and found HealthyStrokes.com and realized this forbidden ritual may have some role in my misery. I will try to get on the routine ASAP, but what makes me more nervous is, if I have lost interest in her. I love my girl so much and have long term plans with her. This makes me feel so bad. I hope this can be solved by quitting prone masturbation. I deeply appreciate your comments and tips. (age 27)
A: You obviously haven't lost interest in her. Why not tell her of your situation? Most likely, she wants to support you as you change.
I promised that if I could overcome prone and masturbate normally I would post here. Thank you! You are a lifesaver!
I had been masturbating prone since 6 years old and only recently realized that I could not cum during intercourse since I was married at 26. I was in a lot of stress and could not figure out the exact reason. It seemed that I was the only one who has this issue. My life was dark until I found HealthyStrokes.com. Now I have quit prone masturbation for 65 days and am able to masturbate by hand.
I just want to say it works! Don't give up! Keep trying and more importantly quit prone! The normal way is just so much better!
Thank you so much! This website should be promoted to help more people! (age 30)
What if when I'm trying to quit masturbating for a week but I get stimulated anyway. Should I reset the clock and start over? (age 15)
A: It depends on how stimulated you got. If you had a wet dream or masturbated to orgasm or close to orgasm, then reset the clock. If you only got an erection and maybe touched it some, then don't.
My erections have always seemed weak to me, and I go flaccid very easily with only a slight distraction. In the supine position, I actually feel pain in my erections. Thinking there is something wrong or deficient about me, I have had labs done, and everybody says I am fine. I sometimes use ED drugs to get more satisfaction out of masturbation. Masturbation occurs randomly, and not all that frequently. I am a virgin with little interest in sex. Am I doing something wrong? Should I try masturbating prone more? (age 36)
A: Don't masturbate prone at all. That could be the cause of all your problems. If you masturbate prone, give it up and only masturbate by hand. Most single men your age masturbate daily or close to it. You might go back to the doctor and have your testosterone level checked.
I've been prone masturbating since 13 and now I'm 19. I don't have any issues at the moment but after doing research, I can tell I will have problems. So I have quit prone masturbation. Is it OK to prone masturbate 1-2 times a week instead of every day like I've been doing for 6 years? (age 19)
A: No, it isn't. You have to give up prone forever and work at using your hand and learning to use less force. Doing prone even once a year will impede your progress. Men only make progress when they give up prone 100 percent. Be glad you're not having issues. It's good that you've decided to give up prone. Go with that.
Does prone masturbation cause injury to the urethral opening (meatus penis) in such a way that urine exits the penis not in a stream but in a hard-to-control spray? I really like prone masturbation. It is hard for me to hide when I masturbate and I cannot just take it out of my pants. (age 20)
A: Some urologists have commented on irregularities on the urethral openings of men with a history of masturbating prone. I have not heard the urine spray problem being caused by prone before. You should not like prone masturbation if it is causing that problem for you. You should give up prone and learn to masturbate the regular way, and then you will be able to just take it out of your pants and masturbate anyplace.
I want to give up masturbation but when I decide to give it up, some negative thoughts are present in my mind. Then I go to my room and masturbate prone. I worry that I am going to commit suicide over masturbation. (age 14)
A: You are too young to die, especially since you haven't even masturbated the real way. You will never give up masturbation completely, but I hope you will give up prone and learn to do it by hand. You will like it a lot better, and it will help you put away those negative thoughts.
On November 26, I quit prone masturbation, but November 30, I did it again. Then I did not masturbate until December 3. I tried to masturbate conventionally and after 1 hour I ejaculated. This was the first time, so I was happy. But, every time I have some fears about erectile dysfunction. On December 9, I played football and was tired. After the match, I tried to masturbate but after 10 minutes I lost my erection and my penis could not erect again that day. Sometimes I have erections but not powerful as in the past and sometimes my penis cannot erect. I tried to masturbate but my penis was sleeping. What should I do? (age 19)
A: Be patient. You cannot expect to habituate to a completely new way of masturbating in only a week. Were you able to masturbate prone on days you used to play football? You know yourself better than I do. Don't worry about not being able to get an erection after doing something exertive. Sometimes he won't want to play. Be patient and don't worry about ED.
I feel I am lucky to have discovered this fairly early but I have been doing this for a while. I have decided to stop immediately. Is there any harm in trying to use my hand on day one? Is the week necessary? I donít know if I can resist for a week and by that I mean masturbating with my hand not relapsing into prone. I wonít be doing that again. (age 16)
A: I encourage males to wait a week or if that's too much trouble, then at least four days. The problem is that you probably can't masturbate to orgasm by hand after only one day's abstinence after doing it prone for years. The abstinence period makes you more sensitive to the new form of sexual stimulation.
Don't be so certain you won't relapse. It's easy to decide to do prone "only one more time" when you are extremely turned on and frustrated at not being able to masturbate by hand. Waiting four days to a week will help you able to do it on the first try.
This has helped me so much. I can now ejaculate with hand when I was never able to before. Thanks.
I started hand masturbating recently, but occasionally I can't stop myself from cheating and going back to prone. Please explain the ill effects of prone masturbating occasionally even after learning how to hand masturbate. How can I stop cheating? (age 20)
A: The purpose of giving up prone is to end the strain it's putting on your genitals and on your mental sexual health. The only way to do that is to give up prone forever. Even if you only cheat once a month, that is keeping you from fully realizing the benefits of masturbating to orgasm by hand with only a gentle touch the rest of the days of the month. You have to resolve to give up prone forever and not cheat.
I've been masturbating prone my whole life. I usually do it while wearing a pair of gym shorts humping my bed/hands; the fabric works like a lubricant. I've only ever been able to achieve orgasm by hand (the normal way) once, years ago, in the shower, using body wash, and it took a long time and didn't feel nearly as good.
I've never done more than make out with girls but I'm worried that if a girl tries to give me a hand job, it will be impossible to get to orgasm. I know some girls give hand jobs with no lubricant. That sounds painful to me. I've tried licking my hand but thats also uncomfortable. What should I do? Id like to be able to have an orgasm from a hand job in a reasonable amount of time and preferably be able to have one without needing more than saliva. (age 20)
A: You need to give up prone masturbation forever and learn to masturbate by hand. Once you've done that, you can learn all kinds of new sexual things, like masturbating with lube, masturbating while sitting, standing, wherever, and doing sexual things with females. After your abstinence period, you will be able to masturbate to orgasm by hand without lube. I suggest that within a few months of that, you learn to masturbate with lube. At that point, you will be able to receive manual intercourse from a girl with or without lube.
I have been masturbating in the prone position for the past 15 years. Will life be normal if I get through the steps and learn to masturbate in the conventional way with my hand? (age 27)
A: I hope your life will be better than ever and that your sex life will improve from what it's been the past 15 years.
I can't orgasm from fellatio or a hand job. I get really, really close but I never finish. It feels really good but I want to finish. I recently had sex for the first time and I lasted a very long time, like 15 minutes, and I enjoyed it but not like the regular way. I have been masturbating prone my entire life and have thought nothing of it. Is this what the problem is? (age 17)
A: Prone is absolutely what the problem is. If you think taking 15 minutes to reach orgasm in your first intercourse is bad, see what happens when you've been masturbating prone for another 10 years and it takes you 45 minutes. Give up masturbating now while you're young and relatively inexperienced sexually.
I started doing prone masturbation when I was 13 and gave up doing it at the end of July 2018 because of the effects it can cause. But then I accidentally did it again today. I donít know why I did it again but now Iím freaking out. What do I do? (age 17)
A: Congratulations on giving up prone five months ago and switching to conventional. You are strong! A lot of males "cheat" and do prone occasionally after switching. It is better if you never do prone again. But cheating once after five months of conventional masturbation will not harm you. Try to avoid accidents like that in the future. Resolve to never do prone again.
I've been doing the conventional way in the supine position for a week now and I'm pretty successful at it all thanks to you but should I wait to masturbate while sitting? Or standing? (age 20)
A: No need to wait. You can try it in those positions whenever you think you're ready. Congratulations!
I am masturbating in the side position, not in the prone position, but I use my pillow. Will it have the same effect as prone? I can't ejaculate with my hand. (age 19)
A: Lying on your side and thrusting into your pillow is as bad as lying prone and thrusting into your pillow. If you can't masturbate to orgasm by hand, you have a problem. Take a week or so off from how you're masturbating now and then learn to masturbate with your hand.
Can I kiss my girlfriend while I am in the process of the switch? Is there ever a possibility I will not be able to switch? (age 17)
A: If kissing your girlfriend will cause you to be sexual with her or to masturbate, then you should not kiss your girlfriend during your abstinence period. I think you will have successfully switched by the new year. Good luck!
Im a prone practitioner and recently I noticed that the skin color of a region of my glans has faded. I think that it is due to prone. Will I be able to restore the glans to normal? (age 18)
A: Yes. The first step is to give up prone. After you have become habituated to conventional masturbation, then you should start using water-based lube. That will let you use less force. Then your penis will be pretty safe from the punishing force of prone.
I masturbated prone since when I was about 10. I was able to overcome that horrible thing. However, I still can't masturbate while lying on my back, only while standing. Is it still a somehow dangerous position, or is it OK? (age 15)
A: There is nothing harmful about masturbating while standing. Keep working at doing it while lying on your back, since that is the most comfortable way to masturbate.
Since I was 9, I've been regularly masturbating five times a week by lying on my stomach and thrusting my penis against the bed. Is this prone masturbation?
For the last four months I've controlled it and I'm even getting some wet dreams. I'm still a virgin and want to masturbate by hand but I'm not able to get erect. Please help me get over prone masturbation. (age 23)
A: If you're not getting erect at all, you might need to be examined and tested by a doctor, who can rule out an organic cause. Decide to give up prone forever and when you've gone four or more days without any prone, try masturbating to orgasm with your hand.
I would like to thank you for this deep insight into prone masturbation. I did prone and would masturbate 4-5 times a day prone. I had erectile problems during intercourse. I abstained from masturbation for a week. The first few days I thought the idea was nuts. But I was able to ejaculate normally by hand in about 5 days. This was 2 weeks ago, and I haven't had sex yet. Thank you for your help.
I masturbate in both ways. Lately I am finding that prone is more enjoyable with pressure on the penis. Many times prone is the only way I can ejaculate. How concerned should I be? (age 50)
A: You ought to be pretty concerned and give up prone. At your age, men in general experience sexual decline. Your decades of prone have made it difficult for you to ejaculate from normal masturbation. It is not too late to give up prone and to find out how easily you can teach yourself to ejaculate using only the gentle touch of one hand.
I'm pretty lucky to have found HealthyStrokes.com. Though I am just 14, I've been masturbating prone since I was 7 or 8. I started researching it after I got a dry ejaculation from prone. I have quit prone now, though it's been difficult.
I notice that when I have an erection, although the penis is straight, it's at a sharp angle, and the erection immediately ceases upon any distraction. Will curing prone fix this problem? Also, I've been told I have a crazy imagination, so I have a problem with fantasizing about arousing stuff. Will this affect the curing process? I've been abstaining for a week so far and I'll be abstaining another week until I get back from out of town. Last night I remember trying to masturbate in my sleep the supine way. Is that a cause for concern? (age 14)
A: A sharp angle for erection is good, and very normal at your age. I don't think you have an erection problem.
Don't change your imagination for now. When you end your abstinence, use your imagination to help you learn to function by hand. If you masturbated supine in your sleep, I suggest resetting the abstinence clock, and seven days is certainly adequate at your age.
Thank you for the work you've put into this informational site and guide! I'm currently in the middle of my abstinence period and all is well, minus getting a few less hours of sleep.
Is supine masturbation by hand supposed to require little to no external stimuli (fantasy, porn etc.) when cured? Is the feeling alone meant to be enough to stimulate and lead to ejaculation? I'd imagine it transfers over to intercourse better that way. (age 23)
A: It will take about the same amount of mental stimulus you're using now, and perhaps more. The feeling alone will probably not be enough to bring you to orgasm. And that is perfectly normal. Most men your age are in the habit of using mental stimulus every time or almost.
I've been masturbating prone for many years. Now I have a bend in my penis upward during erections. Is this Peyronie's disease and will curing prone help with that problem? (age 19)
A: Only a doctor can diagnose Peyronie's disease. Whether or not you have it, you need to give up prone and learn to masturbate conventionally. I suggest you do that now. After you have been accustomed to conventional masturbation, take another look at the bend in your penis and decide if you want to have it examined by a doctor. You have nothing to gain by continuing to masturbate prone.
Is it necessary to masturbate for recovering of the prone effect after 8 years of proning? (age 17)
A: I'm not sure I'm understanding your question. If you've been masturbating prone for eight years, then you need to give up prone forever and then learn to masturbate with your hand. By definition, you won't recover unless you give up prone and then learn to masturbate conventionally. You'll be glad you did.
I have been masturbating in the prone position for 12-13 years. I do it about once daily and I used to do and sometimes still do more than 3 times a day. It used to give me immense pleasure. When my friends talk about masturbation, they used to talk about a different technique (the conventional way), so I have long believed that prone is not the right way to do it. I tried for some time doing the conventional way but I was unable to ejaculate and it did not give me pleasure. Now that I have come to know that prone can hamper my sexual life, I am very afraid. I tried using my hand again. I got an erection but I was not able to ejaculate even after spending more than 30 minutes. Please give me some advice. (age 24)
A: It can easily take 45 minutes to an hour your first time masturbating by hand after a dozen years of prone. You are more likely to be successful if you have abstained from masturbation and other sexual activity for about a week beforehand.
I'm a virgin. I usually masturbate wearing clothes while lying on my bed on my side cuddling the pillow tightly thinking that I'm having sexual intercourse with a female. It takes me about 10-20 minutes to get orgasm.
Rarely, I decide to masturbate with my hand every four to five months and when I do that, I'm usually distracted, and my penis losses the erection until I try harder and think about the female body. Is my case similar to prone masturbation? (age 26)
A: You are masturbating by thrusting against a pillow. That is almost prone masturbating, although you are lying on your side and not fully prone. You need to give that up and learn to masturbate conventionally using your hand. You are also too old to be a virgin. Decide 2019 is the year you will make some awesome changes in your sexual behavior.
Iíve been having physical symptoms lately with the prone technique. Iíve always masturbated that way my whole life. For the last couple of months, I have had a burning pain at the tip of my penis every time I urinate. Iíve had a bunch of urine tests, penis swabs, physical examination, etc. which have all come up negative, so I don't have some sort of bacteria/STI. Can prone masturbation cause physical damage to the point that the urethra is inflamed/damaged, causing the burning pain? My doctor seems to have no idea but thinks it might be possible and I have been referred to a urologist but I wonít be seen for a while. Your site is quite informative so maybe you can point me in the right direction or help me ask the right questions to my doctor about it. (age 21)
A: You don't report doing anything to give up prone masturbation and learn to masturbate conventionally. You will find that is a lot more fun than penis swabs and other tests from a urologist. Resolve to give up prone forever and you can be masturbating like a regular man next weekend.
Just because the doctor can't see anything doesn't mean there is no physical damage. Inflammation can't always be seen. It doesn't show up on x-rays. Give up prone and within a month, whatever physical damage you have caused might have healed. Then you won't even need to see the urologist.
I have been proning since I was 9 or 10 years old. Some years ago I realized that I can't get an orgasm by masturbating using my hand. I didn't think it was a problem because I enjoyed prone so much. But when I had intercourse with my girlfriend, I failed horribly. I got erections but they were not long lasting. They vanished even before I could penetrate her. But I get strong morning woods and get a few erections during the day. I have strong sexual desire but I am not being able to perform. I am slowly getting depressed day by day. I can't even share this with anyone. I started the masturbating habit when I didn't even know what was right or wrong. I am so glad that I found HealthyStrokes.com. (age 22)
I've stopped masturbating as part of quitting prone masturbation. However, not masturbating appears to have adverse effects on me. Mainly, the amount of testosterone in my body is sickening. I feel like throwing or punching random objects, or screaming for no reason. Is this caused my not masturbating or just because of puberty? Additionally, do you know of any ways I can deal with these uncomfortable feelings? I don't have an extreme desire to masturbate even after three days. (age 15)
A: Stopping masturbating for a week to allow yourself to get over prone masturbation will not cause your testosterone to go out of control. You might just need more exercise. When you feel like that, do something athletic. Do not go back to prone. There is nothing wrong with not having an overwhelming urge to masturbate when you haven't for three days.
I have been doing prone masturbation since puberty. It's been a month that I have quit prone masturbation but I still am not able to ejaculate while masturbating with my hands. Please tell me what to do. (age 37)
A: Make sure you are properly mentally stimulated when you masturbate. Use whatever visual aids will help. When you feel like you are close to orgasm, stroke as hard and fast as you can until you orgasm. Whatever you do, do not go back to prone.
I masturbate prone daily. I read somewhere that it is not a good practice so I switched to using my hands while lying on my back. The next day I couldn't ejaculate and gave up eventually because my shoulders began to get tired. I have not been masturbating for three days now. When should I try again and please tell me how often I should masturbate because I want to last long in bed for 20 minutes or so. I am still a virgin. (age 17)
You don't say for certain that you had success masturbating with your hands. If you did, then you only need to abstain for a day or two before you do it again. Once you have succeeded, masturbate daily by hand for a month. 20 minutes is not so long to last in bed for a male with a history of prone. Work at overcoming prone now and deal with losing your virginity after that.
I am trying to give up prone right now after 10 years. Is it OK if I get occasional erections during my abstinence period? (age 19)
A: Erections are good. At your age, you should expect them very often. It will not interfere with your abstinence if you have erections, but don't do anything with them untiil you have abstained a week.
I've been prone masturbating since I was seven years old, accidentally discovering it by just rubbing against my bed and realizing it felt good. I have tried in the past to quit, but I always relapsed. Two weeks ago I made a vow to never prone again. After waiting two weeks (one week was never enough), I was finally able to orgasm through hand masturbation. It took longer than I expected (I was jerking off for about two and a half hours on and off), but I eventually came, and it was the best orgasm of my life. I want to do it again because it felt amazing, but how long should I wait before trying again to jerk off to orgasm? Do I try again in a few days or do I wait just a week this time? (age 23)
A: Congratulations on giving up prone. After your first hand orgasm, I suggest waiting two days. When orgasms come more easily than two and a half hours (that is punishing), you can reduce the interval to one day. Good luck. Please let me know how it's going.
Follow-up: It's been a month since the last time I've proned and my body is getting used to orgasming by hand. Yesterday I was even able to orgasm sitting upright for the first time, which was amazing! (It took a little longer than I've been taking recently, though that could be me having to get used to masturbating sitting instead of lying down.)
I just want to say thank you for having this site up. I feel mostly cured from wanting to prone now, but I'll know for sure sometime during late spring whether this is true or not. Based on how I'm going so far, signs point to me possibly being over proning forever. Orgasms feel different still, but it's still pleasurable. I look forward to when they are stronger.
I have used prone my entire life until recently. I have been able to masturbate and reach ejaculation for a little over a week now. However, on a couple of occasions it hurt when I ejaculated. What would cause this problem? Is it OK to use porn just to listen to until reaching orgasm? (age 30)
A: You are using too much force. That is common when a male is learning to masturbate to orgasm by hand after decades of prone. As you get more accustomed to hand masturbation, you will use less force. You might want to try a toy called the Super Head Honcho after you have been masturbating by hand for about a month. That will help train you to masturbate by hand with less force.
And you don't listen to porn, you watch it.
As discussed earlier, I quit prone masturbation eight months ago after reading HealthyStrokes.com. I now masturbate supine. I have not tried sex with my wife for the past 6 months as I fear that I may now after quitting prone still not reach orgasm during intercourse. This fear or anxiety is reducing my desire to have sex. I can easily orgasm while masturbating. Is something else wrong with me? (age 31)
A: I don't know what we discussed earlier, as you did not reference the date of your earlier comment.
As I say on HealthyStrokes.com, once you have been able to masturbate to orgasm daily by hand, you are ready to try intercourse with your partner. There is no reason not to do that now. If you are still having issues in intercourse, I would suggest seeing a doctor or sex therapist. Viagra or another erection drug might help.
I have done prone masturbation for 7 years. I am suffering from premature ejaculation and ejaculate in less than 30 seconds. (age 21)
A: The good news is that premature ejaculation rarely happens to males who masturbate prone. So it is unlikely that if you have PE, that it was caused by prone masturbation.
I suggest giving up prone masturbation and learning to masturbate conventionally, by hand. Once you have been doing that for a month, you can try having sex again and see if you really have PE or if that was only a brief problem.
I had been masturbating prone for 16 years and came across this HealthyStrokes.com and decided that this was the time to stop it for good. I tried having intercourse a few years back with my girlfriend but despite having a decent erection couldn't do it and lost my erection. It's been more than 40 days since I stopped prone. I tried masturbating the conventional way but despite getting a hard-on, I lost my erection as there are several things going on in my mind. I tried masturbating for 45-60 minutes but just couldn't ejaculate/orgasm. I even bought a Fleshlight but trying to penetrate in the supine position or another position results in losing my erection. I know I'll soon be able to manage the conventional way as I always get a good erection. Is there a good trick to masturbate the conventional way? I'd be getting married this year and need to sort this out beforehand. (age 31)
A: I would suggest seeing if you can get a prescription for Viagra from your doctor so you will not have to worry about your erection while learning conventional masturbation. Viagra comes in 25, 50 and 100 mg pills. You don't need that much Viagra. Most likely your prescription will be for 25 or 50. If so, use a pill cutter to cut a 25 mg pill into four pieces or a 50 mg pill into eight pieces (with a 50 mg pill, you will wind up with a lot of powder). Then put the pieces into empty capsules available from a health food store and take one piece before attempting hand masturbation. Tell the doctor you are doing this. He will not want to prescribe Viagra for someone your age, so make sure he knows why you want it and that you are planning to cut the pills.
What is going on in your mind is a more serious problem. Focus on a fantasy that will let you reach orgasm, and use whatever visual aids will help you do it.
I don't recommend using the Fleshlight at this point.
After reading your page on prone masturbation, I decided it would be good to stop. After 10 days or so of not masturbating, I tried using a more conventional method, stoking the shaft up and down in a supine position. However, when trying to do so for more than 30 seconds or so, my penis starts to hurt badly. I don't grip my penis too tightly, and I'm not tugging on the skin too hard. Should I wait longer before trying to masturbate, or have I damaged my penis from doing prone for too long and too hard? (age 18)
A: After years of prone masturbation, you know you're going to need more than 30 seconds to reach orgasm. If your penis hurts, you're obviously using too much force. No matter how lightly you think you're gripping, you're gripping too tightly. I doubt abstaining longer would help. Make sure you're only stroking the shaft and not touching the glans. After you learn to masturbate conventionally, you will need to learn to use lube. A sex toy called the Super Head Honcho will also help you learn to use less force.
I've been masturbating prone every day since I was about 11. Is it too late for me? (age 17)
A: Not at all. Most males who overcame prone masturbation did it when they were a lot older than you. You can probably switch easily. I suspect you have never been sexually active. Good luck.
Can you tell me difference between prone masturbaration and having sex in the missionary position? (age 20)
A: When having intercourse in the missionary position, a male thrusts into the vagina of his partner, which is soft and flexible and resists a great deal. When masturbating prone, a male thrusts his penis into or against an object like a mattress or pillow which might be hard and inflexible and does not resist much. In intercourse, most of the contact with the female genitalia is made by the glans and top of the shaft. In prone masturbation, a disproportionate amount of contact with the penis happens at the base of it, which receives little or no stimulation in intercourse.
I have quit prone masturbating for about 5 months now. When I was doing it and lost my virginity, I was able to hold on for a long time and that was when I was 15. Now when I have sex, I last barely 20 seconds. Is prone masturbating a reason for this? (age 16)
A: Prone masturbation does absolutely not cause premature ejaculation. Most males with a history of practicing it have the opposite problem. Be glad you are over prone. I suggest you work on taking longer to reach orgasm when you masturbate. That is a skill that you can carry with you into intercourse.
On day 5 of my abstention, I masturbated by hand just fine, with much less force than I was used to. Would I be all right to start doing this every day? (age 18
A: Yes. Congratulations!
I recently gave up prone masturbation and am trying to orgasm by hand. For some reason I can't orgasm even after abstaining for 7 days. I've gone up to 40 minutes trying to orgasm but I feel no pleasure. Please help! (age 16)
A: Unfortunately, it is not unusual for males to take up to an hour to reach orgasm their first few times masturbating after years of prone; and for those first few sessions to not be particularly pleasurable. These first sessions are hurdles to be overcome. Once you are there, you will feel great relief, and after a few weeks, you will be surprised at your sexual improvement. Don't stop after 40 minutes. And do what you can to get your brain turned on while you're doing it.
I really want to quit but after a few days I can't stop myself from masturbating in the prone position. (age 20)
A: Of course you can. You are strong. You want to achieve something, and the first step is to keep from masturbating for a week. You can do it. You can do it because you're strong and you want to give up prone and you want to see what it's like to masturbate however you want whenever you want. You can go a few days and you can go a few more. Strength to you!
Is there any harm other than delayed orgasm from prone masturbation? (age 20)
A: Also erectile dysfunction. Delayed orgasm is bad enough.
I have recently ejaculated the conventional way for the first time after about 6 years of masturbating prone and I must say the conventional way feels waaaaay better. I'm never going back to prone. Thank you so much with this site! (age 17)
I grew up in a home where sex was never discussed. At 11 or 12 years old, I began lying face down and found that daydreaming felt nicer that way. One day I had my first orgasm this way and had no idea what had happened. I began doing this often and found that pressing my hand against my scrotum felt especially nice. It wasn't until I went to college that I learned I didn't do it like other guys. I then began doing it supine from there on but had trouble having intercourse. Many years later I discovered Viagra. That solved the problem. I strongly feel that early sex education is very important; it would have saved me a lot of misery. (age 61)
A: Thanks for sharing your story. But if you gave up prone in college in the 1970s, you should have been over your trouble before Viagra came out in 1998. If you would like to write up a longer case history, I would appreciate it.
Iím a virgin. Iíve been masturbating prone as long as I can remember, but I didnít learn about the harmful effects until very recently. Iíve decided to not masturbate for a whole week and am currently on my first day. Yesterday, I noticed my penis would still get hard occasionally, but the erection would go away shortly afterwards. Today I havenít been able to get it up at all. Could it be possible that this is related to stress? (age 19)
A: At your age, erections will be frequent even when you're not making a point to do anything with them. Do your best to ignore them. It does not mean anything is wrong that you haven't had an erection yet today. Put prone behind you and have less stress.
I have been prone masturbating for about a year and can easily masturbate supine but don't enjoy it as much. If I quit prone, how much a week should I masturbate minimum? (age 12)
A: It's good that you can masturbate supine. You have read on HealthyStrokes.com about the sexual damage that is likely to happen from masturbating prone. Give up prone forever and you'll never have to worry about it again. Most boys your age masturbate about once a day and enjoy it.
All I want to say is just thank you for such a helpful page. I masturbated prone for 5 years but by following the steps given on HealthyStrokes.com, I have overcome prone masturbation. Now I masturbate conventionally. (age 18)
I want to express my gratitude for the information in this page. I found this site in 2016 when I started facing problems with intercourse and dysfunction, as well as a lack of enjoyment in positions other than missionary. I knew there was a problem and I had to fix it.
I looked for a solution to my problem and I found out the way I masturbate is the reason for that. This is when I found it's called prone masturbation and it has very bad effects. I masturbated like that for 13 years, so changing my habit was truly hard.
I decided to change in one month. I started masturbating the correct way, first on my bed and later in the bathroom while showering. The first few times were very awkward and it felt like it took forever to have my penis erect and reach orgasm. I couldn't have an erection unless I watched porn which was OK for a start.
Today, I feel much better when masturbating and more confident when having intercourse with a partner. I can have an erection simply by stroking (and sometimes only by imagining) and I can feel that my penile skin is much more sensitive with no need for porn anymore. All thanks to HealthyStrokes.com.
Can prone masturbation lead to prostate problems and testicular pain? (age 58)
A: Yes. Prone masturbation stresses the prostate more than regular hand masturbation. See the page about unexplained prostate pain for more information.
It worked! I took a week off prone, and finally with a few tame visual aids was able to achieve oragsm. I'm so glad I've finally had success, and I feel a lot more confident now. I really don't know if I even could go back to prone after this since supine feels so much better. (age 22)
I masturbated prone for over 10 years until I saw HealthyStrokes.com. Thanks a lot for changing my life. (age 23)
I managed to masturbate the supine method about a year ago and since then I left prone masurbation behind completely, thanks to HealthyStrokes.com. I'm now able to masturbate in different positions with my hand and it feels great! I was reading an article about death-grip syndrome. How do I know if I'm masturbating with too much force? What can I do if I have the death-grip syndrome? (age 19)
A: Congratulations on giving up prone. Some males call using too much force to masturbate by hand "death-grip." If you think you're using too much force, you probably are. I recommend acquiring a masturbation sleeve called the Super Head Honcho to help you learn to masturbate with less force.
Is it possible to drink after trying to overcome prone masturbation? (age 19)
A: It is certainly possible. I think you're asking whether it's a good idea. Alcohol is bad for sexual performance. If you're using alcohol, it is a good idea to stay away from it while you're trying to give up prone.
Since I was 7, I masturbated prone. I lay on my stomach with my hands between my penis and the bed and masturbating (although I didn't know it was called that) and reaching a pleasurable sensation. I was on my stomach but I could only achieve orgasm by pushing against my penis through my pants, and using the force of my legs to push my entire body forward and back, with only my chin and knees as support.
I very quickly felt sick when I read your article. My problem is I could only use my prone method when non-erect. I discovered the conventional way from videos but I could never apply it until now.
After 6 days of complete abstinence I went in the bathroom (I share a bedroom right by the front door, without a lock) and lay on a towel on my back. It took me around 30 to 40 minutes before I experienced the most intense orgasm in my life, followed by witnessing my own ejaculation while erect for the first time. That was 2 months ago, and after that first time, I was able to achieve the same thing every day for approximately a week, and then tried I masturbation while sitting - which was successful.
Since I gave up prone masturbation, recently something changed, and whether I tried it sitting down or lying on my back, ejaculation just felt similar to the sensation given by delaying urination. Itís not necessarily pleasurable, but I wonít go back to prone no matter what. I have tried abstaining for a maximum of 4 days to reset my orgasm clock and make it more sensitive.
I donít have access to any safe lubricants so I have been using my saliva. I use porn 90% of the time and I often switch among 5 videos when I feel close to orgasm. Iíve never had any discussion about this with my parents and I donít think I can bring myself to mention anything no matter what. I donít have any other place to do it except the bathroom, and sharing a house with 4 other people means people often knock on the door and yell, pulling me from my fantasy.
I personally want to thank you for helping me out of my prone habit, no matter what stage Iím at right now. (age 15)
A: Thank you for sharing your inspiring story of giving up prone! You seem to be self-conscious about your orgasms. It's a good idea to urinate before masturbating so that sensation won't bother you during your session. I think you would enjoy a water-based lube that you could buy and try for $1 or less. You don't need to tell your parents anything, but I would suggest you arrange for privacy in your bedroom with whomever you share it with. Please see my page about masturbating in shared rooms for ideas about how to bring this up. I think you would enjoy masturbating more and be less self-conscious if you could do it in bed.
On September 17, I was sick and needed to stay home. I remember the date because it was the day before Yom Kippur. While home, I was sitting on a stability ball and ended up rubbing my penis on it. I got a huge erection and ejaculated and I really enjoyed it. Now it's a regular thing for me and I really enjoy it.
After reading about prone masturbation on HealthyStrokes.com, I began to worry about it. I have seen a few differences between what I do and prone masturbation. I donít lie down. I sit with the ball between my legs. Is what Iím doing prone masturbation? (age 12)
A: Yes, masturbating by rubbing your penis against a stability ball is prone masturbation. Don't try to rationalize that it isn't. At your age and having only practiced it for six months, you ought to be able to give it up easily. Plan to take a week with no masturbating and then learn to masturbate to orgasm by hand. Start today, and you will be a pro at masturbating to orgasm by hand in time for Shavuot.
I discovered masturbation on my own as a kid, and I started by prone masturbation. That was even before I reached puberty, so there was no ejaculation but I really enjoyed it. My parents found out and warned me that it would cause issues I wouldn't like so I tried to stop. I didn't stop completely. When I learned about the usual way of masturbation, I tried it. It doesn't give me as much pleasure (or barely any pleasure) compared to prone masturbation. When I ejaculate, what comes out isn't completely white like when I prone masturbate. It looks yellowish but when I do prone, it is completely white and looks normal. After finishing masturbation the conventional way, my penis hurts especially when I've been standing. I've now stopped prone masturbation completely, trying to do it the conventional way. I don't masturbate that often either way. It's very rare for me to do it even twice a week.
Are these normal symptoms due to prone masturbation? (age 16)
A: Don't pay attention to the appearence of your semen. Semen only comes out of one place, regardless of how your ejaculation is produced. That your penis hurts means you are using too much force. You're trying to reproduce with your hand the tremendous pressure you get from prone masturbation. I would recommend affirming your pledge to give up prone forever. I would also suggest using a toy called the Super Head Honcho to help you learn to masturbate conventionally with less force.
Iíve been doing prone masturbation the last 9 years. Two months ago I had my first time sex with my girlfriend and realized I was unable to ejaculate having sex (but I can by masturbating). I came to HealthyStrokes.com and realized that I was masturbating the wrong way for the past 9 years. I followed exactly the plan. Now I am perfectly able to masturbate the correct way (and ejaculate) and I did it almost every day for an entire month. I had sex with my girlfriend again, and I have more sensations but I am still unable to have an orgasm. I really love her and I really want to resolve my problem. What do I have to do? (age 22)
A: Practice makes perfect. It might help to tell your girlfriend what the problem is and what you're doing to correct it. It might also help to abstain from masturbating for 3-4 days before attempting intercourse again.
After 6 years masturbating prone while wearing jogging shorts, 2 weeks and a half of abstention and 2 failed trials, I masturbated supine for the first time and it took only 2-3 minutes. I do not appear to suffer from anorgasmia and delayed ejaculation but from erectile dysfunction. It's been 4 days since then and I have not had a hard enough erection do it again. Do you think that I could use Viagra to get used to masturbating at a normal frequency (3 times a week) while having a full erection? HealthyStrokes.com really opened my eyes. I don't understand why all this is not explained in sex ed. (age 20)
A: I would urge you to keep masturbating by hand when you can get a decent erection. Viagra is unlikely to be necessary for you at this point. Keep working on it and you're apt to be able to do it three times a week in no time. You might even laugh at the thought that you once wanted Viagra.
I have been a masturbating prone all my life. I first reached orgasm at 12 in this way. I realized in high school that others did not masturbate this way. Iíve tried on and off to go the normal route, but I never was able to orgasm that way, so I would switch back. When I saw HealthyStrokes.com, I realized that I needed to make a change. Iíve been using the normal way for two weeks now, but I havenít reached orgasm yet. I feel frustrated. I masturbate for an hour or so every day, sometimes twice, and then I get bored and stop. Why canít I orgasm within 10-15 minutes? (age 20)
A: You are new to hand masturbation and are learning. Your first few times will take up to an hour. After that it will be much easier. The important thing is to never be bored. Make sure your mind is as excited as it's ever been the first few times you masturbate to orgasm by hand. Do not go back to prone. You will be very happy after you're successful at hand masturbation.
I just want to thank you so much for making the prone masturbation guide available. It gave me hope and after failing several times. I've succeeded in masturbating by hand for the first time in my life! Since I started a new relationship with a special someone, it really motivated me to give up prone masturbation even though I couldn't climax when I was with her. I didn't masturbate for about a week and then she gave me a hand job. I failed to climax. I didn't resort to masturbating on my own. Another week later, she gave me another hand job. Once again, I had no climax. Again, I did not resort to doing it myself. By this point I had stopped prone masturbation for two weeks. After two more days, I attempted to masturbate by hand with lubrication lying flat on my back while watching videos for about an hour. I succeeded to orgasm. I went soft a couple of times during the session, but I was able to regain erection and continue as I focused on what I was watching while imagining as if I was the one doing what I was watching. It seems concentrating on doing the deed while focusing on the girl in the video really helped me maintain my erection and I finally was able to climax.
The key for me was not thinking about climaxing but simply wanting to have sex and imagining I was having sex with the girl in the video. Thrusting my hips up and down while I masturbated also helped with reaching climax as it felt like I was actually having intercourse. Also, I did not use a death grip and was using a relatively light grip, but I stroked really fast as I was nearing climax.
I noticed that when I masturbated prone, my focus was not on climax, but on doing the deed as if I was doing it with a girl. So when I was thinking about climaxing while trying to do it by hand, it actually made me lose focus and sensation when I tried several times in past 3 months leading up till now.
The next phase is to continue only masturbating by hand and hopefully take shorter times to reach climax. My question now is will it be possible for me to reach climax in shorter durations? If so, will I eventually be able to reach climax even without having to stroke really fast when I'm nearing climax? I think that would be my end goal going forward from now on. If I can do all of this, would this also mean I could eventually orgasm while masturbating with a condom on? (age 23)
A: Congratulations on being strong and making it two weeks without masturbating. I could have told you that your girlfriend giving you manual intercourse would not work. As you become more experienced with hand masturbation, you will find that you use less force and a slower stroke. I think you will be able to masturbate with a condom soon.
A guy causing himself to climax/ejaculate while masturbating prone is totally natural. I'm married and have been for 26 years but I always masturbated as a teen and before marriage by humping a pillow. (age 40)
A: I think something is wrong. Did you really get married at age 14? Males who masturbate prone are greatly in the minority. About 5-7 percent of males masturbate prone compared to 90-95 percent who do it by hand. All males who do it prone would like to be able to do it by hand, but no males who do it by hand are interested in doing it prone. Most men who only masturbate prone develop severe sexual dysfunctions as a result. With any luck, you're not one of them. But if you still masturbate prone, I urge you to give it up and only do it by hand. You will be glad you gave up prone.
Is there any way to speed up the process for recovery from prone? I went three months without prone masturbation, but then I returned to it when I was tired one evening.
I believe I have ED; I am unable to maintain an erection during intercourse. Please help; I am desperate! (age 26)
A: The most important thing is to give up prone forever. By cheating and doing prone after three months without it, you have put at risk the progress you have made from giving up prone.
Now that you have been three months without prone (except for one time cheating), I would advise you to practice using the Super Head Honcho to help you to masturbate using a gentler touch. Be patient and wait for your erections to improve. You'll know you're doing better when you can masturbate to orgasm in places other than bed.
I've followed your plan and abstained from masturbating for 6 days. After that I tried to masturbate for 40 minutes. I couldn't orgasm. The next day I tried again with the same results. Then I waited 3 days and tried again for 40 minutes but still couldn't cum. Do you think it just takes more time? I was hard the whole time during the sessions so I don't have ED. (age 18)
A: Plan to go longer than 40 minutes. Many men take 45 minutes to an hour to masturbate to orgasm their first time trying hand masturbation. Be sure your mind is well stimulated with whatever will get it well stimulated. When you feel like you're close to orgasm, stroke as hard and fast as you can until you orgasm. Then when you are accustomed to hand masturbation, you can work at using a slower and gentler stroke. Do not go back to prone.
I immediately stopped prone masturbation after reading HealthyStrokes.com. I have a girlfriend. Can I continue to try to have some sex with her during my cure or will this fail my cure? Why do have I have to wait three months for normal erections? Why not two weeks? (age 19)
A: Do not have any sex or masturbation during your abstinence period. Once you have switched to conventional masturbation, do only that for at least two weeks. I tell men to be able to masturbate by hand daily for a month before trying sex with a partner. 3-4 months is typically when males who have given up prone notice that their erections have gotten better.
Is prone the reason why I'm dealing with erectile dysfunction? Will the Super Head Honcho make it easier the next time I have sexual intercourse with my girlfriend?
I have gone to see a physician and had no apparent problem. I started exercising and even started seeing a therapist. I can't help but think that my ED is tied to prone masturbation. Will I be able to have sex without having these problems? Do I lose my erection during sex because of prone masturbation?
I have been masturbating prone since I hit puberty (roughly 13 years). (age 26)
A: Yes, prone is probably the main reason you're not able to complete intercourse. I recommend giving up prone and taking a week off from all masturbation and other sexuality. Then learn to masturbate by hand. Once you're comfortable with hand masturbation, the Super Head Honcho will help you learn to use a lighter touch. You could be successful in intercourse a month from now.
I have been prone masturbating as long as I can remember. I used to call what I was doing wiggling. This might sound disgusting, but I only learned what I was actually doing 2 years ago. I have tried the conventional way and I have never reached orgasm. I know I'm young to be masturbating but I am willing to switch to the conventional way or give up every form of masturbation as long as my penis isnít scarred for life. I wish to have a normal sexual relationship in the future. (age 13)
A: Masturbating isn't disgusting. It's normal, healthy, and fun, and even necessary for male sexual health. The average age to start for a boy is 12 years and 3 months. So you are not at all young to be masturbating. Take a week off and then masturbate conventionally and see how you can orgasm that way.
I began masturbating prone young and I never knew the consequences of what I was doing. I found this page around 6 months ago and saw how harmful it was. Over the next 2 months, I eventually quit prone, and I wasn't completely sure it would work. Four months after quitting, I feel way better and more confident, and it's all because of your site. Thanks! (age 15)
I have been prone masturbating for around 15 years now. I use my thumb to stimulate the underside of the penis to masturbate. Often my penis is semi-erect or limp. I used to get a slightly painful erection after masturbating but that has stopped for the past year or so. Its been 3-4 months since I had morning wood also.
I've been trying to masturbate the proper way but I just don't get the stimulation properly. I haven't tried for more than half an hour though. I get an erection but it's not enough. Whatever erection I have will go semi in about 15 minutes.
I'm in a relationship now so I may have to indulge in sexual activity soon but I am afraid I might not perform well. (age 21)
A: Decide to give up prone forever. After a week or so of not masturbating, go and masturbate to orgasm by hand. Expect your first few times to take 45 minutes to an hour. You should be happy about becoming sexually active. You shouldn't be worried that you won't be able to perform sexually. After you are successfully masturbating to orgasm by hand for a few weeks, take 3-5 days off before your first time having intercourse. You would be justified in asking your doctor for a Viagra prescription to help you succeed.
I am accustomed to masturbating by rubbing against the mattress in the prone position. Over the past few months, I have cut down prone masturbation drastically and switched to using my hand.
I notice that when I masturbate by hand, my ejaculate comes out watery in a large quantity that looks like urine. I did a semen analysis on this and it indicated no sperm. When I ejaculate via prone masturbation, I get normal thick, white semen. I did a semen analysis on this and it indicated good sperm production.
The doctor could not provide me with a reason for this and found it strange. Can you provide me with an explanation for this? What can I do to get normal thick, white semen via stimulating by hand? (age 31)
A: First of all, you need to give up prone completely. It is not enough to merely add hand masturbation as a variation. Second, I think you are self-conscious when you masturbate by hand. Don't be. Just let yourself ejaculate freely. When hand masturbation is all you do, you will have no choice but to ejaculate the same way as when you do prone. If you're really having trouble letting yourself ejaculate freely, try wearing a condom and see if the output is any better.
I've been masturbating prone since I was 12 or 13 and haven't thought much of it until recently, when I noticed that the skin under my penis on the shaft has stretched back or receded about half an inch. The circumcision scar has been pulled back into a U shape under my penis and I don't know if I've ruined my penis forever. I'm very self-conscious about this and am worried if I'll ever have sex with a girl. (age 17)
A: I think you might be describing your raphe, which runs along the underside of your penis. It is normal for it not to be perfectly straight and even to look like a river. I urge you to give up prone forever; to learn to masturbate conventionally using your hand; and then to go out and have sex with a girl. You will be glad you did all of those things.
I have been doing prone masturbation since about 12. I can't ejaculate when making love with my girlfriend for one and half hours. Thank God I found HealthyStrokes.com.
I have been abstinence for four days and today I masturbated in conventional way and ejaculated after about 30 minutes. But I feel the ejaculation is not that strong compared to several years ago. Is this because of prone masturbation? Is there a way of curing that? Should I reduce the period of abstinence now to 3 days? (age 23)
A: Congratulations on masturbating to orgasm by hand for the first time today! Now that you've succeeded, try again after only two days. Then the day after that and so on and so on. You'll be having sex with your girlfriend and ejaculating inside her in less than a month. You will enjoy your new way of ejaculating by hand as you get more used to it. The first couple of times are underwhelming.
I always masturbate in the prone way. My penis is curved to left. Will normal masturbation make it straight again? (age 15)
A: Probably not, but it will keep it from getting more curved. Please give up prone and then let me know if your curve is improving.
Due to excessive prone masturbation (4-5 times a day), I feel quite unenergetic and have lack of enthusiasm in doing my work. What should I do to improve myself? (age 25)
A: You should give up prone masturbation forever and learn to masturbate by hand. Once you have switched, make a point of masturbating less often. Most men your age only masturbate 5-7 times per week.
Would a penis pump reverse the effects of prone masturbation? (age 36)
A: I don't recommend penis pumps. They are basically for men with such severe ED that they can't get an erection any other way. I recommend a toy called the Super Head Honcho to help you learn to use a lighter touch.
I have always used prone. I have since I was 12. I frequently use prone 2-3 times a day. Is it reversible at this point or is it too late? (age 25)
A: It is never too late. However, I think you have an additional problem. You wrote to ask me about how you masturbate without using the word. That leads me to believe you have a sense of shame about it that will keep you from improving. Resolve to give up prone and learn to accept masturbation as normal, healthy, and fun, and even necessary for male sexual health. Most men your age are seeking sexual partners and not masturbating 2-3 times a day. I suggest doing it once a day (occasionally twice) and working at finding a sexual partner.
I had been masturbating prone since I was a kid. Thanks to HealthyStrokes.com, I succeeded in giving it up 2 weeks ago and now I can masturbate by hand. But I can only cum when I lie on my back and stretch both legs, and use all my power to keep my erection and push out the semen. I have tried other positions (like sitting or kneeling) but it didn't work though I spent hours for it. Isn't it normal? I saw in porn that guys can cum even when they're sleeping, and lying with stretched legs is not the only position in real sex. (age 23)
A: Congratulations on giving up prone masturbation, but you are awfully impatient. You only gave up prone two weeks ago. Your instructions were to masturbate by hand daily for a month. At the end of that time, you will be sufficiently adjusted to conventional hand masturbation that you will be able to do it in more places. Don't judge yourself (and other people) based on what you see in porn. It isn't real.
Masturbation has never felt better. Thanks for this site. I am thrilled. The amazing feeling when masturbating, does it have to do with the type of food you eat, because I eat healthy and I drink lot of water. I heard that when you drink plenty of water, you produce a lot of semen? (age 25)
A: Eating healthy and drinking lots of water are both good for you, but they make little or no difference in how good masturbating feels or how much semen you produce. I'm glad you gave up prone and are now enjoying masturbating more.
Thank you very much for this page it is a life saver. I have been masturbating prone my entire life since my earliest memory of being in the 1st grade. I have tried stopping recently about 3 times, but I fail after a maximum of 3 days. Now, I am trying again and am more motivated. I am abstaining for 48 hours currently. When I abstain, I am able to masturbate normally and reach orgasm. However, pleasure is not all the way there and also I cannot finish after finishing once. I've had sex 3 times. Each time I did not finish but managed to fake pleasure with my partner.
Now that I am abstaining, the base part of my penis is starting to feel sore, like after a workout at the gym. Does this mean it's healing? How long should I wait from masturbating normally and sex considering how long and bad my addiction has been. This is my demon I want to get rid of. My life will be much better. Thank you again. (age 20)
A: I'm not sure you understand what's required. You need to abstain from masturbating and other sexual activity for one week, at which time you will be sensitive enough to masturbate to orgasm by hand. You are both saying that you have already done that and that you are not able to abstain. If you can already masturbate by hand, then you don't need to abstain anymore. Simply resolve to never do prone again. Abstaining doesn't make your penis feel sore. You need to work harder at understanding what you're doing. Masturbation is not an addiction. I hope you do it often by hand.
I'm 25 and a virgin and I've been doing prone for the past 14 years. I came across HealthyStrokes.com recently and thanks to you I've stopped it. I've been in abstinence for 3 weeks. I tried doing it by hand after one week of abstinence but when I get the feeling of orgasm, I urinate, even if I had emptied my bladder beforehand. Is this normal for people who shift from prone? What should be done? I've also got decreased libido even at 25. I thought it was hereditary. Is it because I've been doing prone? Do people doing prone have decreased libido?
A: Congratulations on giving up prone. I think part of your problem is that you never used the word masturbate in your message. Start by admitting to yourself that you masturbate and masturbate often and that you enjoy it. There is nothing wrong with urinating a little when you're learning a new way to have orgasms. A famous radio personality who is very open about his sex life even admitted it happened to him the first time he tried to masturbate. Place a towel underneath yourself and don't worry about it. After you start orgasming by regular masturbation, you will get it under control. I've never heard of anyone have "decreased libido" due to prone. If it really bothers you, have your testosterone level checked at the doctor. Also, you're too old to be a virgin. Work on that after you are successful at masturbating by hand.
I've been doing it prone for about year and a half (not every day). The other day I discovered it can lead to problems in the future and I panicked and got really scared. I started to regret doing it and I started crying. I haven't done it since I discovered it was bad and the past 4 days I've been sad, crying a lot and panicking because I'm scared I've ruined my life. Ever since I found out, I haven't been getting any random erections or morning erections and I haven't had any sexual desire and I don't know why. I feel like it's from the anxiety and sadness. Typing this, I am not as sad as I was but I am still scared and I have a lot of regret. I don't want to tell my parents because it's really hard. I have done it the conventional way in the past and even a few weeks ago. I'm just really worried. I have so much regret and I'm probably going to regret asking this question. (age 15)
A: Actually, I don't see where you asked a question. If you already know how to masturbate conventionally, then just decide to give up prone forever and only masturbate conventionally. I don't remember anyone ever saying they told their parents about prone. You might have nothing to worry about. Go forth and masturbate often the regular way.
Reading online about this and seeing people say stuff like "who the hell masturbates prone?" and "how can you even do that?" makes me feel so bad and sad and I regret doing it so much. A week ago, I found out that prone masturbation is bad and I panicked, got really sad and scared and just felt hopeless. It's been 7 days since I last masturbated and I never want to do it prone ever again. I have done it normally before, last time being a week or two ago, but it doesn't feel as good. I don't want to do prone at all because I know about the bad effects now, but I keep getting the urge. I still have barely any libido and I'm not getting random/morning erections. I'm so sad and for some reason the idea of not prone masturbating makes me sad even though I don't want to do it prone.
- How can I deal with the sadness and regret of doing it in the past? (for a year and a half, not every day)
- How can I deal with the sadness of the past few days? (Me crying and panicking about it)
- Could the sadness and anxiety about it be the cause of my lack of libido and random erections?
- Should I tell my parents, do they need to know? Because I have no idea what I'm going to do.
- What can I do about being scared of not doing it prone?
- How can I deal with the regret of all the Googling, questions I've asked online and a post I've made?
There is no reason to be sad or cry about anything.
Does masturbating on your knees count as masturbating prone? What about externally massaging the prostate by pressing my perineum onto a pillow beneath me? This is mostly how I've been masturbating since stopping prone, and I worry I'm still doing things wrong. Even if they don't count as prone, can they still be harmful? (age 20)
A: Masturbating while kneeling is not prone and is not harmful. Pressing against the perineum does not stimulate the prostate and can be harmful. The perineum contains nerves and blood vessels that can be impaired by force. It's also not a feeling that can be replicated in intercourse. I recommend masturbating to orgasm by hand.
I've been masturbating prone since I was 4. I found out about HealthyStrokes.com when I was in 8th grade and have tried many times to abstain in the past but continue to relapse because I am not able to control myself. I was finally able to quit prone last month from reading HealthyStrokes.com and having patience. I forgot what day specifically I succeeded at orgasm but I waited 14 days in July and then I tried to masturbate conventionally and was successful. The orgasm was great, even better than prone.
I've been doing it the regular way ever since and it's been better. I feel more confident and can keep sturdy erections the whole time I'm doing it from start to finish. I do it every day either 1 or 2 times. The only problem is the time it takes to orgasm. It was still taking 1-2 hours to orgasm each time I did it. I just waited 5 days then I masturbated again twice. I may have reduced the time a little maybe to a hour and a half. How can I make the time less? (age 14)
A: Most guys your age masturbate to orgasm in about 5 minutes. If it's taking over half an hour, you're doing something wrong. You need more than only an erection; you need your mind to be properly stimulated.
I started masturbating with my hand for a week but I can have good erections only when I'm sitting or I'm supine. Is it an effect of prone masturbation or is there maybe another problem? (age 21)
A: I don't see what the problem is. What position do you want to get an erection in that you're not able to?
Following your advice I was able to masturbate conventionally after a week of abstaining. At first it took me over an hour but now Iíve gotten it down to a solid 15-20 minutes. I feel like I could do it in 10 if I really tried. I am almost done with the month of masturbating conventionally and I am wondering what sex will be like. Iím scared that I wonít be able to cum from sex after the month is over. If I canít by that month, should I abstain again or should I just try sex a few more times? Thanks for all you've done. (age 18)
A: Don't worry in advance about not being able to succeed in intercourse. Keep up what you're doing and work at using less force. If you're having trouble in intercourse, check back then. It might be simply a matter of abstaining from masturbation for 3-5 days before having intercourse. As you get more experienced, you can reduce that interval.
I just wanted to thank you for all of the information you put on here. I first came across HealthyStrokes.com 3 years ago and it was life-changing. It took me about 3 months of practice before I was able to masturbate the normal way and I still remember the excitement I had when I was able to ejaculate by hand. I canít believe itís already been 3 years and I have never gone back to prone. I donít even remember what prone felt like for me back then. I now have a completely normal sex life and have no issues in bed. HealthyStrokes.com changed my life. I never would have believed I could stop prone. But with some self discipline, anyone can do it! Thank you HealthyStrokes.com. I donít know what I would have done if I had never came across your web site.
I am a 25 year old virgin. I started masturbating prone at age 10 and in my teenage years it became a daily habit. Recently I got a chance to get intimate with a girl and I realized that I am not getting an erection. After trying a hand job, I got an erection but it was not hard enough for vaginal penetration. I have started exercising and gyming. (age 26)
A: Please read the main page of HealthyStrokes.com to learn how to give up prone masturbation. You can do it.
I followed your advice of masturbating by hand and I am able to do it. After realizing I used too much force (or at least I thought), I abstained for a week before trying sex. Right before the week was up, I masturbated and got an experience like no other. I masturbated by hand at 3 AM and had sex at night that day, I found that I could not orgasm from sex even though it was for 20-25 minutes. My plan now is to abstain again for the full week and see what happens when I have sex. (age 18)
A: You definitely messed up by masturbating the same day you were planning to have sex. I tell males to abstain for 2-3 days or 3-5 days before having intercourse. As you get more experienced, you can reduce that interval.
I succeeded to switch from prone masturbation to masturbating by hand thanks to HealthyStrokes.com the last 3 days and I masturbated twice in two days. Do you think that I can have sex with a woman in the upcoming week? I don't want to masturbate every day for a month. I am a virgin. (age 20)
A: You are a free and equal man, and what you choose to try to do is up to you. If you have a willing partner, you can try having intercourse with her next week; but your chances of success are less than if you went through my program and were able to masturbate to orgasm by hand daily for a month before attempting intercourse. I would appreciate it if you let me know how it went.
After 6 years of prone from 14 to 20, I finally learned the conventional way and switched to it last April. I can now masturbate on my back most of the time in 3 minutes but my penis is soft most of the time. Also, Iím a virgin and I have never had the opportunity to have sex. What should I do? I am thinking about seeing a doctor. (age 20)
A: You should only masturbate when you have an erection. By masturbating without an erection, you're teaching your body not to have them. Get in the habit of only masturbating with an erection. You should also be trying to last longer than three minutes. A toy called the Super Head Honcho might make it easier for you to masturbate more slowly and with less force.
After you become better at masturbating by hand with an erection, you ought to work on finding a partner. You're getting to be too old to still be a virgin.
Follow-up: You said that I have to masturbate only with an erection but for a long time, I have only had soft erections. My penis is not hard but he becomes bigger and longer when I am aroused, and I can ejaculate. Also, I strike my penis with normal force and I haven't had to deal with death grip or delayed ejaculation, only ED. I'm waiting for hard erections to return naturally, but if it is not the case, do you think I should see a doctor to help me induce them to help my body accustom to them again?
A: If you never have hard erections, that is a problem for a doctor. Your primary doctor might refer you to a urologist and/or endocrinologist for further evaluation and testing. A small dose of Viagra (half of a 20 mg pill) might be useful; but I would prefer you to give up prone and see if your erections improve in the next 3-4 months.
My husband went through the abstinence period required by your program and successfully stopped doing prone and started masturbating the conventional way so thank you so much for your guidance. We were stuck here for a long period of time and we're taking help from doctors as well but HealthyStrokes.com really came through for us. It's been 2-3 months since he stopped prone.
Now he has been masturbating the conventional way in the bathroom but when it comes to intercourse we are still facing difficulties. My husband has erections and is able to ejaculate by masturbating but while having intercourse, as soon as he enters my vagina, he starts losing his erection while pumping but otherwise he is not facing any difficulty. He has been diagnosed with ED and has low testosterone for which we are consulting doctors and taking meds. Can you please help us as to what should be the next step?
I think one of the reasons may be that he is subconsciously worrying whether he be able to perform while having intercourse. He says he feels the need to be with me and he wants to be intimate and he is not self conscious when it comes to us but he may be subconsciously. He might be worrying because previous attempts have failed.
I really love him a lot and will be with him no matter what. (age 27)
A: Since he's been diagnosed with ED, it wouldn't be any trouble for him to get a prescription for Viagra. They now make the generic form in 20 mg pills. He could try taking half of that (the 20 mg pills are easily broken in half). That would probably give him a decent erection so he could focus on having intercourse to orgasm. As he gets accustomed to having intercourse, he could try doing it without Viagra.
I'm also wondering why he's masturbating in the bathroom, since most men find it much more comfortable to do in bed.
I'm 29 years old and I have been doing prone masturbation since I was 7, and since then it has been a daily habit. I've never taken a break. Sometimes during my teens and early 20s I could do it 3-4 times a day.
I only stumbled across HealthyStrokes.com recently. At the start of the year I lost my virginity, but I ended the relationship early partly due to not being attracted, but also because I had no sensation from sex. I felt nothing. I wasn't sure if it was the condom or what it was. When my friends questioned me about it, I eventually found HealthyStrokes.com through a web search.
I'm now deeply attracted to a girl and I'd like to pursue a relationship, but I need to quit prone, because I want a good sex life on top of being a good man in the relationship. I abstained for 3 days and I managed to orgasm conventionally after around 8 minutes, then I had to take 2 days' break and again I managed in around 6 minutes, but I had some failed attempts between those successful attempts, sometimes just leaving it until later in the day, trying to not grip so hard.
I'm glad I found the site. I'm in a country where sex toys are illegal. Are there any alternatives to the Super Head Honcho?
I still feel like I haven't lost my virginity either since I have had penetrative sex but after two failed attempts, I gave up. I have no desire to go back to prone, but I have a long way to go. May I ask why to avoid the glans? It is very sensitive but is this more for penetrative?
I want to pursue actual relationships after squandering my 20s.
A: It's good you have friends you can talk to about your sexual issues. Most men struggle with this alone. You did a good job quitting prone, and very quickly. Resolve to never masturbate prone again, and keep working on masturbating conventionally every day for a month. Then you can try having sex again. I don't know about making a homemade sex toy if they're illegal where you are. Make a conscious effort to use less force. The glans is very sensitive and generally cannot be touched during masturbation unless you're using lube.
I have done prone masturbation from my teenage years. Last month, I got the opportunity to have real intercourse and my experience was really dreadful. I was unable to penetrate. Then I tried to look for reasons for it. I am thankful to you and this page. Now I am able to masturbate conventionally, but I am still not confident that I will be able to penetrate. My erections aren't also like I used to remember them (like they were two years ago). What should I do now? Is there any other homemade thing one can do? Or any other suggestion one can follow to recover? (age 22)
A: Keep masturbating conventionally and after it has been a month since you did it the first time, you can try having intercourse again. Your erections will continue to improve. I would suggest getting a Super Head Honcho masturbation sleeve and using it to help you use less force when you masturbate.
I have just found HealthyStrokes.com and will try to stop masturbating prone. I've never ejaculated with an erection and I realized I had a problem when I would've had sex for the first time the other day. I felt really bad and my female partner thinks I was just preoccupied at the time. What can I do to ensure the fastest recovery time so that I can have sex with her? (age 17)
A: If you can, tell her it might be a few weeks before you'll be able to have sex again. Make sure she knows you want to. You need to first give up prone masturbation and then only masturbate when you have an erection. If you've been doing those things for 3-4 years, it will take you at least a few weeks before you'll be able to have sexual intercourse.
I started masturbating at age 12 in different locations and in a variety of ways, including the prone position. I don't recall why I stopped, because I enjoyed it. I pumped my penis into soft, furry throw rugs in the bathroom in front of a mirror. In my adolescent mind, it was simulated sex. It wasn't until I found HealthyStrokes.com that I learned it could be a problem had I continued. I still wake up occasionally in the middle of the night with an erection and pumping into the sheets. It still feels great but not great enough and that is why I jack off in the regular position. I just didn't know it was bad for me. Thank you for this great forum to inform the uninformed. (age 62)
A: Thank you for sharing that story. I'm glad you learned the regular way of masturbating when you were young and didn't only masturbate prone.
I masturbated daily for years in the prone position. After that I went to the conventional method by using soap as a lubricant. After trying hard I got erections but lost them after stimulation within 10 seconds. I tried for many days, and now there is no erection and my penis has gone limp. Have I destroyed it permanently? (age 26)
A: I suggest taking a week off from all masturbation and intercourse, perhaps longer, and then trying to ejaculate using only your hand. Soap is a terrible lubricant. Don't use any lube at all until you have learned to masturbate by hand.
I've quit prone for almost 10 months now and I'm sure I'll be having sex in the coming week. I'm pretty nervous about it. The last time I had sex I was 18 but wasn't even able to ejaculate and keep my penis erect. I'm very conscious about my performance. (age 21)
A: Good luck to you! Just enjoy whatever you can do and don't be worried about your performance. If you feel like you're not succeeding, tell your partner it's been years since you've had sex. She will probably do what it takes to help. Let me know how it goes!
I see a lot of people on here talk about how they are trying to quit prone masturbation, and not that many, if any at all, argue for it, or try to defend it. Have you ever personally encountered anyone who simply refused to try any other way BUT prone, and was so used to it, and liked it so much that they argued for it, and just kept doing it for the rest of their life? Does everyone quit prone when learning the truth?
Have you ever encountered any one who really truly prefers porn, and/or masturbation to real sex, and continues those ways for the rest of their life? (age 40)
A: I tend to not follow up with people who send me messages or join the support group for prone masturbation or post online messages, so I don't know what happens to them after they finish posting. Overwhelmingly the men you see posting in those forums want to give up prone and learn to masturbate the conventional way and become more sexually functional. I receive many messages every month from men who followed my advice and learned conventional masturbation. They tell me that after so many days or weeks or months they gave up prone and are now able to have orgasms inside women, which they couldn't do before. A small number of men have insisted that the evidence about prone masturbation is wrong and that they plan to continue it.
Much more discouraging to me are the people who have no experience with prone masturbation at all but post in public forums on the internet that prone masturbation is not a cause of sexual dysfunctions and that men should continue to practice it.
I have encountered many men who don't want to get involved in sex with partners and prefer to masturbate.
Thanks to your program, I am now able to have sex and orgasm from sex. The past couple months have been shaky and hard. If I have sex only once a week or so, and not masturbate, will that allow the ability for my erections to get better? I only ask because during sex, I get halfway hard after 2 to 3 minutes. Is it normal for guys to orgasm from only one position? During sex, I seem to be able to only orgasm from missionary with my girlfriend. Itís great that we have come that far to get to this moment, but I worry that missionary mimics prone and I donít want to go back to that position. Overall, sex is fine, as we have intercourse for 7-10 minutes on average. Is that a good length for sex? (age 18)
A: You are new to intercourse, so it is not surprising that you find yourself most functional in missionary. That is the most popular sex position anyway. Many people only have sex in the missionary position. Don't let the similarity of missionary to prone bother you. Once you become more secure in your erections, you would probably enjoy trying additional positions. 7-10 minutes is a very good amount of time for intercourse at your age.
I began prone masturbation 10 years ago. Last year I began to masturbate normally and it was very easy for me and very enjoyable. I can't get an erection while standing. In the lying and sitting position, it is easier but when I am standing, I lose it quickly. My libido is low. Women are not sexual simulation for me. I need hard and weird fantasies. I hate prone and also masturbation. (age 23)
A: Most men love masturbation. You should learn to at least like it, because it is something you will always do. At least you say it is enjoyable. It is not surprising you have a difficult time remaining erect while standing. That is true for many men. As you get more accustomed to conventional masturbation, it will be easier for you to remain erect while standing. You might try becoming erect while standing. I would suggest taking a break from "hard and weird fantasies" and instead use simple nudity to masturbate.
I have been using prone masturbation since age 7 and currently am married. Recently came across HealthyStrokes.com which answers the question for which I was clueless and also my relationship woes with my wife. I can ejaculate using the prone method but when I have sex with my wife I am unable to orgasm even after going on for 20 minutes. I have just started the abstinence period and I would like to check with you to see if it is compulsory to masturbate conventionally lying on the bed or if we can do it standing also. Thank you for all your work and the help you've given to all of us. (age 32)
A: As I just told the previous questioner, it is more difficult to achieve and maintain an erection while standing. It is easiest while lying down on your back. That is also the most comfortable position. I hestitate to say it is "compulsory," but that is how men overcome prone masturbation. Best of luck to you in sex with your wife. You ought to expect intercourse to take longer than 20 minutes even after you switch to conventional masturbation.
Iím experiencing this and canít orgasm during intercourse. I have sex for about 30 minutes but then I just decide Iím done and masturbate later. After reading this, Iím worried about my sexual health. When should I talk to a doctor or someone? (age 24)
A: Now is a good time. If you have a doctor, go see him or her now. If you don't have one, now is an excellent time to find one. The first thing to plan to do is give up prone forever.
Your page has been very informative to me since I have been prone masturbating for as long as I can remember and only started my abstinence since last week when I came across your page. Because of my prone masturbation, it has also unfortunately caused Peyronie's for me. My penis is bent the to the left at around 30-45 degrees due to my method of prone masturbating.
After the week without prone masturbating, I tried the supine method but I kept losing my erection mid-masturbation. I always urinate when I am doing the supine method, even when I have urinated before masturbation. Could this be a side effect of having Peyronie's? Can you give me tips on staying focused and ejaculating with the supine method? (age 15)
A: Was your Peyronie's diagnosed by a doctor or did you self-diagnose? Don't make assumptions about your penis. Have it checked out. I would suggest placing a towel underneath yourself while masturbating until you have the urine thing under control. It will get easier with practice. Think about whatever turns you on most and that will help you stay focused and ejaculating.
I would just like to say that I can't thank you enough. I've been going through this crisis with prone masturbating, and it seemed that there was no help available. Even Google didn't know. Thank God someone linked HealthyStrokes.com to me on Reddit. I am going to quit prone masturbating (with God's will). I really appreciate you for this! (age 19)
I've been masturbating with the prone technique for around 7 years. I have normal erections and am able to orgasm in prone masturbation. I gave up prone masturbation for 6 days but was not able to orgasm by hand. What should I do? Is it curable? (age 21)
A: It is very curable, but you seemed to expect instant results after 6 days' abstinence after seven years of prone. Follow the instructions on my page. If you are not successful the first time, wait a day or two and try again. Do not go back to prone.
I want to thank you! I donít know why it took me 24 years to read about the downsides of prone masturbation. For the past few years, I have freaked out because I wondered how I had ED at such a young age. I am going to follow the month plan. Thank you sooo much!! (age 24)
Since I've started masturbating, I've never experienced orgasm by hands. As I found problems with my penis's function, I made up my mind to stop masturbating face down. But, I am very concerned with lack of experience on hand masturbation. I even tried to stop prone masturbation and change into hand masturbation, when I was a teenager, and I failed at it.
How should I achieve hand masturbation, if I cannot reach orgasm? Is there any possibility that I could recover from this, if I stop prone masturbation? (age 25)
A: Take a week off from any sex and masturbating and then masturbate to orgasm by hand. You will like it a lot better than prone, and it will help you forget about problems with your penis's function. Decide to never do prone again.
Thanks to you and HealthyStrokes.com, Iíve been able to overcome prone masturbation and have sex. Itís been a couple months since Iíve started having sex, but Iím unsure if things are going better or worse. For instance, I only go on average 7 minutes in bed, and I try to do other positions, but Iím only able to ejaculate from missionary. Also, sometimes after having intercourse for a few minutes, Iíll go soft. It doesnít happen always. Sometimes I think things arenít getting better. Are these typical after moving on from prone only 3-4 months in? (age 18)
A: Yes, that is all normal for your point in overcoming prone. Resolve to never do prone again. If you have a regular sex partner, then masturbate as little as necessary while you are recovering. It is better if you only have sex with your partner until you feel more confident about how you are improving. Seven minutes is typical for your age and a lot better than most males with a history of prone.
Many thanks for your article. It shows me a clear way after all these years. I just read it and then masturbated to test my case. I found that I have some feelings when doing masturbation in the conventional way, but I could not ejaculate after feeling good about 40-50 minutes. I gave up and now will abstain for a few days. I am wondering is my case very serious that I could not ejaculate after that long? I am really worried about it. (age 20)
A: It is typical for a male not to be able to ejaculate when masturbating by hand after years of habituation to prone. That is why males are supposed to abstain from sex and masturbation for a week (sometimes longer) before masturbating by hand for the first time. It will make the penis more sensitive to the lighter touch of the hand. Even so, it takes most males 45 minutes to an hour to masturbate to orgasm when doing hand masturbation for the first time. I think you will be able to do it in a few days.
I have masturbated prone for the past 3 years and I'm suffering from ED and low libido. I'm not sure whether this is permanent in nature and what can I do to get my erections and sex drive back. (age 22)
A: May I ask why you only started masturbating prone three years ago at age 19? The first thing to do is give up prone and go back to masturbating by hand. Your erections ought to be better within 3-4 months. Prone masturbation does not cause low sex drive. If you don't feel like masturbating or having sex at least three times a week, then you might have a problem that a doctor could diagnose. Perhaps after giving up prone, the sex drive problem will go away too.
Does prone masturbation cause testicles to sag at a younger age? (age 22)
On another web site, I read it is impossible to give up prone without psychological therapy. I even started once. We started to talk about my puberty period. I had the impression she took it so far, but we were not getting to the point and it was so expensive. Do I really need professional help to overcome prone? (age 37)
A: No. Read through these pages and you will find that almost everyone overcame prone without hiring any professionals.
Can I do both prone and hand? Because I don't like how it feels when I do it by hand? (age 24)
A: Prone masturbation is a proven cause of sexual dysfunctions in males. You need to swear off it forever. You will enjoy hand masturbation once it's the only way you're doing it.
I also suspect you have a sense of shame about masturbating, because you never used the word while asking me about it. Instead of feeling ashamed, feel joy about masturbating. Accept it as normal, healthy, and fun, and even necessary for male sexual health.
I have been prone masturbating all my life and never did the supine way and have problems with attaining and maintaining strong erections now. Can I still be cured at this age? (age 29)
A: Yes. Many men have been cured much older than you. Resolve to give up prone masturbation forever. You can be masturbating to orgasm by hand a week from now.
I cannot begin to express how grateful I am to you at HealthyStrokes.com for helping me quit prone masturbation. I've masturbated prone for about 9 years, and I've had some ED and couldn't orgasm while having sex. I came across HealthyStrokes.com three months ago, gave up prone masturbation and began regular masturbation after the abstention period. I'm glad I could switch. My erections haven't gotten much stronger since I started regular masturbation. I masturbate about 2-3 times a day. I haven't had any sexual activity since I gave up prone masturbation. Is there anything I can do? (age 22)
A: 2-3 times a day is a very high frequency at your age, especially for someone recovering from a decade of prone. I would suggest cutting back to about once a day and seeing if you notice a difference in your erections.
I have been doing prone masturbation since I was 10 years old. After turning 26, I started with hand masturbation and I lost my virginity when I was 25. My girl is not satisfied because of my premature ejaculation. Please help me with the same. (age 28)
A: I honestly don't know much about premature ejaculation, because men with a history of prone masturbation generally have the opposite problem. If you have been masturbating by hand for two years, then you have overcome your history of prone. Be sure to give up prone forever. You might try masturbating a few hours before having intercourse to help yourself last longer.
I am a healthy male who has been masturbating prone for my whole life. I think I started when I was around 7 or 8. Iíve never been able to masturbate conventionally, and I have barely ever even tried. I found out a few months ago that prone masturbation is bad when I noticed I couldnít get a good erection with my first partner. I have abstained for 6 days now and am very horny all the time. I have tried masturbating conventionally but donít get any sensation from it. I canít even get close to the level of reaching an orgasm and get even hornier than I was before I began trying to masturbate. Thankfully, Iíve had the willpower to not resort back to prone, but I donít know how much longer I can keep this up. Do you have any tips for me? (age 23)
A: The most important thing is to resolve to give up prone forever. After a week to 10 days of no orgasms, it will be fairly easy for you to masturbate to orgasm by hand. Even so, it could take up to an hour. The first few times masturbating conventionally might not feel excellent. They are something to get through so you can relax and enjoy it daily. You will be glad you gave up prone.
I am 30 and have only done prone masturbation and now I want to do sex. My erection goes off in seconds. I canít even penetrate. What can I do about this? I am quitting prone masturbation starting today. I will only masturbate in the conventional way but will I be able to do penetration in sex? (age 30)
A: Yes, you will be able to penetrate eventually, but you should for best results give up prone for a few months and learn to masturbate by hand before attempting intercourse again.
I did prone from 15-18 and stopped but I have had problems keeping an erection ever since. I have problems keeping an erection with a condom on and without one on. I canít orgasm at all from sexual intercourse, but most of the time I canít even have sex for very long because I lose my erection. What should I do? (age 21)
A: If you have really been done with prone for three years, then I don't think it's the main cause of your problems. You are probably using too much force when you masturbate by hand. I would suggest using a stroker like the Super Head Honcho, which will help train you to use less force when you masturbate. Also, remember to never masturbate prone again.
Earlier I had ED and poor libido due to prone masturbation. I followed the guidance from HealthyStrokes.com and made amazing progress in the first month or two. The quality of my erections was better than ever, and I could easily get an erection by simply stroking my penis (without even imagining anything sexual). However, about a little over a month after switching, I was put on SSRI antidepressants and my dosage was progressively increased. Four months into switching to conventional masturbation, when my erection quality was supposed to get really good (but my dosage had reached its peak), I actually started having ED and loss of libido again. I havenít masturbated prone, but I have masturbated conventionally to an insufficient erection now and then (because it is difficult to get aroused and/or erect due to the meds). Do I need to do the program (abstinence followed by a month of daily masturbation by hand) all over again? Please advise on what I can do in this situation. (age 25)
A: You need to tell your doctor that you're having sexual side effects from the SSRI and ask to try a different SSRI. Some SSRI medications have frequent sexual side effects and some have none.
It would also be a good idea that you were in the middle of giving up prone masturbation and learning to masturbate conventionally when you started taking the SSRI and it's disrupting your progress. Don't be embarrassed to tell the doctor you masturbate. The doctor masturbates too.
I did prone masturbation from 12 to 19. Two years ago, I gave up prone and started to masturbate normally. I have no problem. But last night, I masturbated prone when I was sleeping. I was half awake, and I did not understand that maybe it was a dream, but when I awoke I saw that I had ejaculated. I was really scared. I couldn't get back to sleep so I masturbated twice. My first masturbation was not pleasurable but the second time was. Is there any problem? What should I do to keep this from happening again? (age 21)
A: Sleep masturbation is most likely to happen when a man is sleeping nude or wearing only flimsly pants, like underwear or nylon shorts. Wearing more clothing to bed below the waist will help prevent sleep masturbation. I don't think having what you describe happen once or twice in your life will make any difference, so don't worry about it.
I have been masturbating prone since the age of 8. I can masturbate using my hands but I donít prefer it. I can last and enjoy 20-30 minutes of fellatio but I cannot seem to last even 2 minutes with intercourse. What should I do? (age 25)
A: Decide to give up prone forever while you're still young. Since you already know how to masturbate by hand, you don't need to do an abstinence period.
After 10 years of prone masturbation, my glans is discolored with some white and black spots; wrinkled and elastic skin; and the appearance of two small calcifications. I am afraid of having done some irreversible damage. (age 29)
A: It is unlikely that you have irreversible damage. I suggest giving up prone masturbation forever. Once you are accustomed to masturbating prone, start using lube to masturbate. Then have another look at your penis, and if it still bothers you, see a doctor. I have never heard of anyone getting a discolored glans from masturbating prone.
I have masturbated prone 600-800 times in the past year and a half. I am experiencing less sensation in intercourse than when I masturbate. What should I do? (age 17)
A: The first thing to do is decide to give up prone forever. Once you do that, you will be able to masturbate to orgasm by hand in a week or two.
You have a second problem. Your masturbation frequency is very high. More than once a day. Try to limit yourself to once a day. (It will not hurt anything if you occasionally masturbate a second time in a day.) When you start having intercourse again, it would be a good idea to abstain from masturbating for 3-4 days ahead of time.
Thank you so much for making this site. There isnít much information available about prone masturbation. I have been prone masturbating since I was 14. About a month ago, I started experiencing weak erections and started exploring all information I could. I came across HealthyStrokes.com and have tried what is suggested. I completely left prone a month ago after 2-3 days of break from masturbation. It worked for me. My erections got much better. However, I masturbated 2-3 times a day a few times and realized that when I masturbate that frequently my erections start off well but get weaker. Also, you say to masturbate only when one is fully erect. So for the times when the erection gets weaker after a good start, should I still continue jerking off? Or just stop doing it then and there when the erection becomes weak and retry after a few days? (age 28)
A: I think you're doing fine after only three weeks of supine masturbation. My advice for the first month of recovery is to masturbate once a day. You seem to have figured out that 2-3 times a day is too much. I think you would benefit from a sleeve like the Super Head Honcho or a stroker pad like Jackits.
I've doing prone since childhood. Now I'm experiencing slight pain in my penis after masturbating. Will just completely stopping prone fix the issue? Or should I do something else or more? I'm not comfortable meeting a doctor regarding this. (age 23)
A: You probably won't need a doctor. Decide to give up prone forever. After a week or so, you will be able to masturbate to orgasm by hand. With time, you will use less force to masturbate and your penile pain will abate.
Can I do Kegel exercises during my abstinence period? (age 19)
A: It would be better if you didn't do them during your abstinence period. They might lead you to do things that are not abstaining. Your muscles will be fine during the week even if you're used to doing them frequently.
I have been masturbating prone for many years. I have struggled to give it up many times, and I am currently on a good stretch of abstaining from prone. It has been about a month now. My erections are improving but I still cannot accomplish a very hard erection. Would Viagra or Cialis help overcome this, or will I not see results from these medications? I am seeing a women who wants to be intimate. I told her what I am experiencing currently, but I would like to be able to be intimate with her soon, so I am hoping to get some insight if Viagra or Cialis have worked for others suffering from prone. (age 28)
A: At your age, doctors will resist giving you erection meds. If you were older (e.g. late 30s or 40s), you could probably get Viagra just by asking and not explaining your problem in detail. I would only obtain Viagra from a doctor and pharmacy and not online. You can't be sure what you're getting when you order from a shady web site.
You say you're on a "good stretch," which I take to mean you haven't masturbated prone in a month. But you have been successful at masturbating by hand? There is no reason to abstain from masturbating for a whole month after giving up prone. Most males are successful in a week.
You also don't say what your sexual experience with women is up until now. If you're a virgin or almost a virgin, then I would suggest following my plan of abstaining for a week; masturbating by hand daily for a month; and then possibly having intercourse. Only after that can you make the determination of seeking an erection pill. On the other hand, if you've tried and failed at intercourse for years, then seeking a pill right now might be better.
Iíve done prone masturbation for about 2 years now. Does that mean I have to extend my abstinence period? (age 12)
A: A week ought to be long enough. Be glad you've discovered this as young as you are.
After taking a week off from all masturbation, I switched to the traditional hand method instead of prone and have successfully been able to masturbate in this way four days in a row. There is a girl Iím very sure wants to have sex with me within the next couple of days. Will that be harmful for me? (age 20)
A: I would say to wait until you've been masturbating by hand for a month, but if you're ready and the girl is ready, then go for it. If it isn't successful, you can try again later.
I have been practicing prone masturbation since puberty. Recently I have been experiencing premature ejaculation during masturbation. Is it due to prone masturbation? (age 28)
A: Premature ejaculation does not happen during masturbation. By definition, it is something that happens during intercourse. I would encourage you to give up prone forever and then to take as long or as little as you like while masturbating by hand.
I am facing a sudden loss of erections in the past 4 days. I was practicing prone masturbation for 7 years. Will I be able to get normal erections after some time? (age 29)
A: Four days does not make a lot of difference. You could be under stress. Maybe you're worried because the president has COVID. I suggest you give up prone forever. You will have improved erections soon.
Are there any free resources offline that can help me overcome my prone problem? (age 23)
A: I have no idea what free resources are available to you. If you are a student, you could check with the health clinic and see what you can get. If you have health insurance, you could check with your doctor or see what kind of mental health resources are available. There could also be community-based resources. I don't know what's available for you.
If I don't masturbate for a few days, my pelvic skin area (where pubic hair grows) gets wrinkled. Is it normal for a prone practioner who is abstaining? And the wrinkles or creases don't appear if I masturbate conventional or prone. (age 18)
A: I've never heard of that before, and I can't think of why that would happen. I think you're making an excuse not to give up prone.
I don't have a question but I just really wanted to say thanks. I've been doing prone masturbation since I was 8 (I am 18 now) and so having read the content on HealthyStrokes.com really gave context for how bad prone masturbation can actually be. I have tried supine masturbation here and there, and as you said it was really hard to achieve orgasm. The content here felt really comforting and thorough, addressing all the questions I had about how to overcome prone, and it just felt great knowing that this is a problem that is experienced by other men and can be overcome.
It's been a month or two since I last read up on overcoming prone and after 2 weeks of abstaining, I have successfully been able to masturbate comfortably in a supine position, without any urge to return to bad habits. I know there's still more to go to, but for all that it's worth, I am very grateful that I you have provided this resource. I'm not sure how else I would've been able to recognize the issue sooner, so I want to share a sincere thank you.
I have done prone masturbation my whole life and have tried a couple of times but never have been able to masturbate correctly and I am going to take a week off from masturbating and try to do it right a week from now. If I end up not being able to do it a week from now, should I go see a doctor? (age 17)
A: No. Wait a few days more and try again.
I just want to say thanks! Reading HealthyStrokes.com was the first and most important step to overcome prone masturbation. I'm 37, and about 10 months ago, I read your articles and immediately give up prone. But it has been very hard since then. I managed to get my first orgasm by hand 4/5 months later (and it still took 1 hour!), and it took a further 5 months to get a good erection and orgasm in 10/15 minutes. My piece of advice for guys who are trying to solve this issue is to focus mainly on the emotional side rather than the mechanical one. Use your imagination a lot and don't only think about your penis. I don't know your name dear HealthyStrokes.com author, but I thank you with all of my heart and hope this comment will be helpful for people in the same situation.
A: It's Douglas Adams, and you are most welcome! Did you really go without orgasm for 4-5 months or were you still doing prone? I would suggest consulting with a doctor and/or urologist to rule out any other problem besides prone.
This site has saved my sex life. With all my gratitude, thank you.
I have been doing prone maturbation for a while now. I didnít know it was bad. How do I know if I have damaged something by doing it? (age 19)
A: Almost certainly you didn't do any physical damage. Decide to give up prone forever and then work at learning to masturbate by hand. You can do it! You will be fine!
I have been prone masturbating since I was about 6, so 14 years, and I quit September 16th. I did because I have started to get intimate with girls, as in high school I did not because I studied all the time and was distracted from that. However, when trying to have sex now, I realize that I was half hard at best and sometimes not even having an erection at all if I was going down on them. I tried on multiple occasions with four different girls, but I was not successful any of those times.
I am now committed to trying to fix myself, and I have read your guide and web site. On September 16, I actually quit masturbation completely, and only on November 4 did I try conventionally while sitting in my chair. I was sitting and not lying down because I felt like I needed to watch something while I did it, as when I was 15, I started watching porn and after about a year, I almost always used porn and not my imagination, although while doing prone, I never lost the ability to orgasm with my imagination. With my hand I haven't done it like that yet though.
My problem is this: The first time I masturbated conventionally, on November 4, everything went pretty well. I watched a video, but I was able to get mostly hard, like hard enough for penetration most likely, and I orgasmed with a good distance ejaculation. This took about 10 minutes, so not even that long compared to the hour projected for some reason, and I wasn't gripping super hard, just gripping with a light hold and moving my hand up and down. However, every day since then, I have tried to masturbate, but even when waiting a few days in between, I can no longer get as hard as I was that first time, maybe halfway but not enough for penetration and nothing that lasts if I stop stroking. So I have not been masturbating daily per your advice not to with a weak erection. I orgasmed with a weak erection only twice before realizing I probably should not be doing it, and in those cases I had barely any ejaculate distance at all.
As someone who is young but started prone early, what do you suggest I do about this? If even with porn I cannot get a hard enough erection, do I need to wait a week in between at first? Waiting a month and a half technically seemed to work, but that seems way too long and it only worked the first time I did it after that abstinence period. I saw a doctor about this before researching for myself, but I did not mention masturbating prone because I did not know it mattered until I found HealthyStrokes.com. He said I had ED and gave me Viagra to help with sex because they felt porn was not causing it and that I just had anxiety about my first real time having intercourse. I saw a couple of your answers to others were to cut a 50 mg pill into eighths and use that while masturbating, so should I do that? I know I am only 20 but I have the same problem as those people who were about 30, and they did prone for about as long as I did.
I can't remember the point where my erections started getting softer as I proned; after I read your site, I realized that when I did not have a full erection.
I am never going back to prone and have not relapsed with it at all, so that is not a problem. I don't mind slicing up my Viagra pills and taking them while I masturbate. (age 20)
A: Congratulations on giving up prone. You are something else if you made it through the election campaign without needing frequent orgasms! I urge men to only change one thing at a time as they transition from prone to hand masturbation. That, obviously, is the first thing. Don't worry so much about your erection strength while you are transitioning. Most guys say they notice their erections improving after 3-4 months of conventional masturbation. Don't change your porn habits or experiment with lube until you're confident that you can masturbate to orgasm by hand.
There is nothing wrong with using Viagra as you get through this. Elsewhere on this site, I have instructions for cutting up large Viagra pills and putting them into capsules.
When you have succeeded at masturbating by hand for a few weeks or a month, you might consider one of the toys I recommend to help you use less force: the Super Head Honcho sleeve or the Jackits stroker pad.
What is the harmful effect of prone masturbation in comparison to other masturbation? (age 18)
A: Masturbation is normal, healthy, and fun, and even necessary for male sexual health. It does not have harmful effects. Prone masturbation causes sexual dysfunctions in most males who practice it, including erectile dysfunction and delayed ejaculation. If you masturbate prone, you should resolve to give it up and learn to masturbate by hand.
I have been unknowingly practicing prone masturbation, but cannot say I am addicted to it. It started happening as I usually sleep on my stomach, and I started feeling pleasure, and it got kicked off. I never knew this can be such a harmful technique. I am a virgin and am planning to get married in 2-3 months. I just want to know how my sex life would be if I quit this practice starting today. I have thought of quitting masturbation now until marriage so that I don't run into unknowns when I do it for the first time.
I am now very much anxious and fearful after reading its side effects. How should I handle my first time having sex and the anxiety around it? I think it is mainly related to performance and whether I will be up to the mark. I can usually hold my ejaculation for 10-15 mins for extra pleasure, but I am not sure if I will be able to maintain my erection when I get into my wife's vagina for the first time. (age 29)
A: It would have been better for you to start working on this well before you were married. If you resolve to give up prone now, you will be masturbating conventionally by hand in time for Christmas. I think you will be well on your way to recovery by your wedding day. But don't expect your first few times having sex to be perfect.
I am not able to masturbate more than once in 12 hours. It has been 3 days since I started masturbation the conventional way. What should I do? (age 21)
A: Read HealthyStrokes.com more carefully. If you masturbated by hand the first time three days ago, you should only be doing it every other day right now. When I did I ever tell anyone to masturbate more than once in twelve hours?
What are your thoughts on recovery for a male in his 30s? I assume the abstinence time should be longer than a month. I have been doing prone since I was a teen and have had ED issues the last few years.
Two weeks ago, I started abstaining, stopped prone (and taking measures to avoid it in my sleep), doing Kegels, exercising, and abstaining from porn and alcohol. I am just curious what I should target for the abstinence period. (age 32)
A: You are not so old. Men in their 30s have been successfully overcoming prone with help from HealthyStrokes.com for almost 20 years. The abstinence period is a week, not a month. You ought to be able to masturbate to orgasm by hand a week from the time you last masturbated prone.
This is an amazing web site but unfortunately I have found it too late. I masturbated prone for about 6 years and have dealt with extreme ED the last 2 years. I have taught myself to now masturbate conventionally, but I still struggle to get a full erection and never get one spontaneously. (age 21)
A: You are still pretty young. Never do prone again. Work at using less force when you masturbate by hand. A sleeve called the Super Head Honcho can help train you to use less force.
No questions, but seriously I have been masturbating prone for a very long time, and I didn't even knew that it's bad. A great thanks to you for letting me know the real deal. (age 19)
I masturbated prone for years and was finally able to break the habit. My penis has a raised section around the urethra, and I'm suspecting that prone masturbation had something to do with this? Is it possible that I've somehow damaged my penis physically from going prone all those years? (age 17)
A: I can't say that it isn't possible, but how many years could you have done prone if you're only 17 now? Many men who masturbated prone for 20 years or more have checked out fine upon penile examination. Only a doctor can say for sure there's anything wrong with your penis. Congratulations on giving up prone young!
Since 14 or 15, I am addicted to prone masturbation. For the past 3 years, I prone masturbate (with a side pillow) daily 3Ė5 times a day. I have had sex but I never got the same pleasure while doing it, as it becomes too difficult for me to get erect and I never orgasm during intercourse. When I prone masturbate, usually it takes less than 2 minutes for me to orgasm.
After learning the bad effects of this on March 8, 2021, I got really scared and decided to give up prone and only masturbate in the conventional way, Before starting the abstention period, I tried masturbating by hand, and I was successful at it. It took me 15 to 20 minutes to reach orgasm. But the level of satisfaction was not even close as it was with prone masturbation. After three days of abstinence, today on March 11, I couldn't abstain any longer and tried with my hand. I got erect and came within 2 minutes. Is it OK that I didn't abstain for a week like you mentioned in your guidelines? Or do I have to start the whole procedure again? (age 24)
A: You don't have to abstain if you already know how to masturbate by hand. I am not optimistic about you being able to follow directions about any kind of treatment if you can't abstain from masturbating longer than three days. When you first masturbate to orgasm by hand, you should expect it won't be as intense as what you were achieving via prone. It will get better and more intense as you get used to hand masturbation.
I want to express what a fan I am of your work at HealthyStrokes.com. I found your HealthyStrokes web site in 2015, after suffering seven years of sexual dysfunction (due to seven years of prone masturbation) in my late 20s.
I am afraid my case is an outlier: even after nearly six years of convalescence and masturbating by hand, I still suffer from significant dysfunction now, at age 38. I hope to provide a brief overview of my case, and then ask if you have any ideas or referrals to other experts I might contact in order to get treatment.
I spontaneously discovered prone masturbation as a boy, and I continued this style of masturbation until I was about 15 years old, when I spontaneously learned to masturbate the traditional way (by hand). During these early years, I did not experience any negative effects from prone masturbation, and I thought it was safe. From my late teens to early twenties, I masturbated with my hand and had a healthy sexual life. However, in 2008, when I was 26, I reverted to my old prone habit. To my bewilderment, I experienced all of the dysfunction symptoms listed on HealthStrokes.com (first delayed orgasm, followed by erectile dysfunction). As my partnered sex became less successful, I poured more of my sexual energy into prone masturbation, creating a negative feedback loop. I was in graduate school at the time, isolated and anxious, and used sex as a coping mechanism, so I confess that my masturbation frequency became extreme (several times per day).
I found your web site on August 5, 2015, and immediately ceased prone masturbation, and I have not practiced it since. However, after I ceased my prone habit, I experienced pain in my penis which remains significant to this day. I had an MRI image of my penis taken in December 2020, and doctors tell me there is severe damage to the base of my penis, but they have not elaborated or developed a treatment plan.
I am trained in science myself, and I have recently begun devoting the majority of my time to understanding and possibly resolving this medical issue. In the last couple of months, I have even designed and constructed a treatment device (basically, a manifold extension to a commercial vacuum erection device, allowing vacuum pressure to be applied to the deep proximal corpora) which appears to be at least somewhat effective. After some vacuum treatment (traction) and PDE5i use, I have seen some persistent improvement in my dysfunction, but erections are very painful and I remain in chronic discomfort. I live in the U.S. where health care is extremely cumbersome, and doctors have not been altogether helpful.
I would be so grateful for any additional information. Have you ever heard of a case as persistent and difficult as mine? Do you know of any researchers in this field that may be able to help me? I'd be happy to share all of my ideas, experiences, MRI data, and treatment device plans with you. HealthyStrokes.com has been an absolute life-saver for me, and I so appreciate your compendium of scholarship done on prone masturbation. You have already provided such an incredible service to me! (age 38)
A: You might be the first documented case of physical damage from prone masturbation. I don't know anything about the treatment strategy you have developed so I can't comment on it. Do your doctors know you're experimenting with vacuum treatment? (You said they haven't devised a treatment strategy.) I am surprised that this physical damage was only detected in 2020, more than five years after you gave up prone for the second time.
Your case is also unusual in that although you followed a familiar path of learning prone as a boy and then switching to hand masturbation around puberty, you went back to prone as an adult. I don't understand why you went back to prone at age 26 when you had more than a decade of successful hand masturbation and apparently nearly that long record of success at intercourse. My experience helping prone males says that although some "cheat" by masturbating prone occasionally after switching, none abandon hand masturbation and go back to prone full time. It makes me wonder if you're dealing with other psychological issues besides a history of pre-pubescent prone masturbation. I would urge you to deal with that in addition to continuing to work on the physical problem that has been diagnosed.
Follow-up: It's entirely possible that I suffer from undiagnosed psychological problems, and you are not the first one to suspect that. I have been in therapy for decades. My psychologist thinks that my prone injury is my main problem. I also have social avoidance, depression, anxiety, and a history of marijuana use.
I went back to prone after 10 years of hand masturbation because prone feels better. I masturbated by hand from puberty through college because I didn't think I had enough privacy to masturbate prone. I went back to prone when I had my own place. I thought I had a better way to masturbate than the average guy. When I started having sexual dysfunction with my girlfriend, I started masturbating prone with increased frequency and intensity. It was only in 2020 that I insisted on getting an MRI of my penis and the damage was discovered. My therapists know that I am experimenting with a vacuum device. I bought my first vacuum device for $20 in March 2020, and it made more difference than anything I did in the four previous years.
I have an imaginary dream girl I always fantasize about when I masturbate prone. How can I avoid it? (age 18)
A: Nothing is wrong with having an imaginary dream girl. Decide to give up prone forever and then fantasize about your dream girl while masturbating face up.
I have problems masturbating by hand. I've taken two weeks off from jerking off and the last week I have tried to climax using my hands, and I just can't, not even with visual aids or lube. (age 20)
A: If you didn't use lube when you were masturbating prone, don't start using it as you try to masturbate by hand for the first time. Wait until you're successful at hand masturbating before trying lube. Be patient and don't worry if it takes you a few more days. Do not go back to prone.
Is there any chance of physical damage due to prone masturbation? (age 21)
A: I have never heard of a case of physical damage but that doesn't mean there is no chance. If you masturbate prone, please resolve to give it up forever and only masturbate by hand.
I am 14 years old and I have masturbated face down for my whole life. I have tried the natural method but I don't feel anything. What can I do? (age 14)
A: You are very young. You sound resigned to never being able to masturbate by hand. I hadn't even started when I was your age. Take a week (maybe two) off from all masturbation and then learn to masturbate by hand. You will be glad you did.
I think I have erred big time due to prone masturbation. I have small balls and a small flaccid penis due to it. Can I recover from these if I stop prone masturbation? (age 22)
A: Prone masturbation, or any kind of masturbation, does not affect the size of your genitals. They are what they are. I urge you to give up prone masturbation and learn to masturbate by hand so that you can avoid the serious sexual dysfunctions that prone masturbation causes in most men who practice it.
I have been doing prone for 15 years. I have also masturbated by hand but mostly I do it prone. Three weeks ago, I felt a weird sensation while masturbating and my penis became very small. Since then I have had weak erections. Is it possible that prone has caused this problem for me? All of a sudden I am unable to get erections. I used to do prone masturbation twice a day sometimes. (age 30)
A: I think you might have fractured your penis. This will need a visit to your doctor and possibly a urologist. I've heard of penile fracture happening from vigorous intercourse, often with the woman on top. I've never heard of it happening from masturbation, but your description leads me to think of penile fracture as the cause. Please have it checked out.
I just masturbated the normal way finally! Just trust the process. I was nervous when I found out that prone mastusbation is an illness but I trusted the process you recommend and today I finally succeeded and I ejaculated so much lol. (age 20)
I have engaged in prone masturbation my entire life. I discovered it at about 6 or 7 years of age by jumping on large bags of clothes. Iíve known that this is a harmful method of masturbation for over a year know but itís just so addicting. Today (3-28-2021) I decided to give up prone masturbation after I do it one last time. If Iím successful Iíll make sure to comment here again. Iíve never been able to masturbate by hand.
I discovered the dangers of prone masturbation about 6 months ago. I found out about prone masturbation thanks to HealthyStrokes.com, and I tried to do your advice (abstain for a week, stroke your dick when it is sensitive) but I failed pathetically. I would always peek at porn and I think the longest I lasted abstaining was 2 days. I was truly pathetic and extremely complacent in regard to this aspect of my life, and I've started putting an end to it. (age 15)
A: I wish you just gave up prone instead of deciding to do it one more time. Decide you're done with prone forever. You are young. You can give up prone at an age when a few males have not yet started masturbating. I look forward to hearing how it went for you.
I followed the 7 day routine and then masturbated conventionally. It took me 70 minutes to reach orgasm. Is this normal? (age 25)
A: The first few times masturbating by hand generally take a long time. I tell guys to stop at an hour and try again the next day. You went the extra mile by taking 70 minutes.
I masturbated prone from the ages of 14 to 20 often 3 times a day. Although I now use my hand to masturbate I have a significant curvature of the penis at the base when fully erect. I am wondering if this is as a result of my prone masturbation and if there is any corrective action I can take? I donít have issues gaining an erection but the curvature is very pronounced. (age 39)
A: I don't know how something you quit 19 years ago can be to blame. Few penises are perfectly straight. It might be something to ask a doctor about, but if you're not having sexual dysfunctions, it's unlikely anything will be done about it.
Apparently you gave up prone about the same time HealthyStrokes.com first appeared in 2002.
Will prone masturbation affect the size or shape of my penis? (age 30)
I quit prone a few months ago but am still having erection trouble. I masturbate by hand three times a day. (age 18)
A: It takes about 3-4 months after quitting prone to notice an improvement in your erections. Your frequency is extreme for your age. Most men your age, whether or not they have a history of prone, masturbate about once a day. I also suspect you're using too much force to get yourself to orgasm three times a day. Cut back to once a day for a few months, at least, and see if your erections get better.
What would happen if I were to succeed after a three-day abstinence period, as opposed to a week. Would I have to start over? (age 23)
A: If you succeed, you are fine. If you fail, you have to start the abstinence period over again.
Does prone masturbation cause desensitization during oral sex? I find it really hard to finish when my partner gives me oral. (age 21)
A: Most men with a history of prone masturbation have a difficult time reaching orgasm from oral sex. Take your time and relax. Advise your partner that it will take you a long time. That way your partner won't be expecting you to reach orgasm within two minutes.
If I produce precum during the abstention period, does that hinder my progress? (age 15)
A: What are you doing to cause precum to emerge? You want to avoid being sexually aroused at all. The week will be over soon.
My girlfriend and I are both virgins, but we're planning to be sexual on our upcoming vacation. I need to get cured of prone masturbation fast. I am having decent erections but I can't reach orgasm when masturbating unless I do it prone. I've been through the week of abstinence but I still can't masturbate to orgasm by hand. (age 19
A: You won't be the first man who's given up prone in order to engage in a particular sexual escapade. Don't be surprised if you have issues your first few times having sex (or more) if you only switched to hand masturbation immediately before engaging in intercourse for the first time. Keep working on trying to orgasm by hand and do not go back to prone.
I see my girlfriend 2-5 times a week. We kiss but nothing more. I have been working at giving up prone. I still can't ejaculate by hand. I have been done with prone for two weeks now. Does this mean I can't sleeo with my girlfriend even though I get very hard when I'm with her? (age 19)
A: If you and girlfriend haven't been sexually active up until now, why do you want to be sexually active now, when you're working at overcoming prone. Work harder at switching to hand masturbation. The sooner you reach orgasm by hand, the sooner you can plan on having intercourse.
If I'm trying to quit prone, but I had a wet dream in the middle of the abstinence period from masturbating, what happens? (age 18)
A: Reset your abstinence timer and allow at least 3-4 days before attempting to masturbate by hand. Lots of guys are envious of your ability to have a wet dream at your age.
I have been masturbating prone since 2009. After reading your article on HealthyStrokes.com and also on several health articles online, I realized that my prone masturbation is unhealthy and may lead to severe problems in the future. I've been trying to abstain from prone masturbation since April 20. I am frustrated because I can't reach orgasm every time when masturbating by hand, and I always go back to prone masturbation. I know I need to abstain for a longer period of time but I can't give up prone masturbation.
I don't know if I can abstain longer and I don't know where to start. I really want to masturbate conventionally. (age 24)
A: You have masturbated prone half your life and now know that it is bad for you. You are not a kid. You are an adult, almost old enough to be a Congressman. You have to control your urges and postpone gratification until you can do it successfully by hand. You will need to abstain for at least a week, maybe longer. When you masturbate again, when you feel like you're failing and are tempted to go prone, think about how terrible that week (or longer) was, and how awful it would be to throw that time away and have to reset the timer at zero. If you really can't masturbate to orgasm by hand in an hour, then resolve to never masturbate prone again, and try again the next day.
I waited a week to try and stop masturbating in the prone position. After 45 minutes to an hour, I produced pre-cum. I was so frustrated, I rubbed my penis against the bed 10 times, then I lay on my side and put my hand on my penis and stroked until I came. Does this mean that I failed and have to start over? (age 15)
A: You did not masturbate to orgasm by hand. Wait two or three days before trying again. Resolve to never masturbate prone again.
I masturbated prone through my teenage years. I donít recall how often, but I would reach orgasm pretty quickly. When I starting having sex in college, I would ejaculate as soon as I penetrated. I havenít masturbated prone for almost 20 years. I still suffer premature ejaculation at times. Should I be worried? (age 38)
A: I don't know much about premature ejaculation, in part because men with a history of prone have the exact opposite problem: delayed ejaculation. Don't worry that prone caused you to have premature ejaculation. If you only experience it occasionally, it might not be anything to worry about. I urge you to seek out other sources with more information about PE.
I usually ejaculate while flaccid when I masturbate prone. Is this typical for men who masturbate prone? (age 18)
A: Not at your age, and it is an extremely dangerous sexual practice. That is more likely to happen to men older than you who have a history of masturbating prone. Why don't you give up prone and change to conventional while you're still young? Only masturbate when you have a decent erection.
I'm giving up prone and can now masturbate easily using the conventional method, but when I'm turned on, I still have this urge to indulge in prone masturbation. It hasn't even been two weeks since I started to change my way of masturbation. When can I expect this urge to go away? (age 20)
A: You haven't even been masturbating by hand for two weeks. I suspect it still feels sterile and flat to you compared to the awesome orgasms you had from masturbating prone for most of the past 10 years. As you get more accustomed to conventional masturbation, those orgasms will feel less flat and sterile and become more exciting. Your timing and technique will get better. Soon you will be able to masturbate by hand in more places -- the computer desk, the bathroom, the living room. If you resist the temptation to masturbate prone, within a few months, you might not even remember what it was like. Give yourself a chance to learn new ways to masturbate, and resolve to never go back to prone.
HealthyStrokes.com is a life saver. How did they resolve prone masturbation before you had your site? I think without this site I would never have been able to solve it. (age 22)
A: Not very many people knew about the dangers of prone masturbation before I put this site up on February 4, 2002. I did it and have been working on this site for over 19 years now, to help people like you. Just think: You were only a toddler then!
I am trying to do the abstinence phase, but whenever I wake up, or when I move with an erection, I feel stimulated by my penis rubbing against my underwear. Is that an issue or should I try to ignore it?
A: The abstinence phase is entirely your responsibility. You need to keep from stimulating yourself or masturbating for a week so that your penis will be in a mood to be stimulated a new way when the week is over. If the stimulation you're getting from your underwear is tempting you to masturbate, then you need to get it under control. If not, then you can ignore it. Some guys go so far as to wear an athletic supporter during the abstinence to prevent as many erections and stimulations as they can.
I've been masturbating prone since 14. I started having sex at 19. Currently I'm having issues maintaining an erection during sex. I feel slight pain in my penis and testes occasionally. I've stopped masturbating prone. How long do I need to abstain from sex? (age 21)
A: The point of abstaining is to allow yourself to learn to masturbate by hand. Have you done that? You said you've given up prone but are you masturbating by hand yet? If not, plan to abstain a week. If you can successfully masturbate to orgasm by hand, you're done abstaining. You can have sex.
What if I quit prone masturbation permanently but don't try to masturbate by hand after that? Will everything be cured? (age 16)
A: You need to give up prone forever and learn to masturbate by hand. That is the definition of being cured. Masturbating is something you need to do. You will probably masturbate often for the rest of your life. Don't pretend you can give it up forever. Work at giving up prone and then enjoy frequent masturbation by hand.
I have been doing prone for about seven years. I thought I would never be able to jerk off the conventional way. I waited a week and a half and tried jerking off but it didn't work. I kept trying again after a couple of days and finally I was able to jerk off by hand. Now I am doing it every day. Thank you for this site. It's a miracle for me. (age 15)
Is it typical for a guy who masturbates prone to start at a very young age? I was seven when I started.
A: Most males start masturbating around age 12. I frequently hear from prone males that they started much earlier than that. I hypothesize that a boy who starts that young probably won't get results from penile stroking (conventional masturbation) but might get results from the massive force of prone masturbation.
I followed your instructions for giving up prone. A week ago, I masturbated by hand for the first time. Then I masturbated every day (by hand) for six days. Last night, I had a wet dream. Does this mean I need to start over? (age 20)
A: No. Just keep masturbating by hand until you've done it daily for a month. Then settle in to the frequency that is right for you.
I'm trying to quit prone. Within a few hours of an orgasm, I feel the urge to masturbate again and usually do. During my week of abstinence, is it OK for me to stroke my penis with my hand? (age 22)
A: You have to have will power. Stroking your penis with your hand is masturbating. Abstinence in this case means not masturbating. You can go a week. You have to believe you can. Resist the urge and then have a tremendous hand stroking session at the end of the week. You'll be glad you did.
I started masturbating in the prone position last year. I've learned about the dangers of prone masturbation recently. Is it too late for me to switch? (age 14)
A: You are very young, and I suspect you can switch very easily. Resolve to never masturbate prone again.
When I was a kid, I masturbated prone. At age 15, I switched to regular. Frequently I have a weak ejaculation. Is this caused by the prone I did while I was developing? (age 25)
A: We all have weak ejaculations from time to time. Don't worry that something you did more than 10 years ago is to blame. Never masturbate prone again. Work at using less force when you masturbate by hand.
I never knew how to masturbate. At 14, I tried to masturbate but never once had successfully ejaculated. After a year or two, I was able to ejaculate regularly and often from prone masturbation. I have been doing this for many years now. When I had a girlfriend, she was never able to bring me to orgasm with her hand. Now I have a new girlfriend and I am concerned that I won't be able to perform sexually with her. Please help. (age 24)
A: The most important thing is to give up prone forever. After a week of abstinence (perhaps longer), you will be able to masturbate to orgasm by hand. Soon you will be able to have wild consensual sex with your new girlfriend.
I have been masturbating prone since I was a toddler. I never thought it was a problem until I read your site. Is it too late for me? I see that most of your questions are from teenagers and twentysomethings. (age 39)
A: It is not too late. Many men have switched at your age and older. Resolve to never masturbate prone again. You will like how it feels to masturbate the usual way.
I generally do conventional masturbation but occasionally I do prone. Is this bad? (age 22)
A: Any prone masturbation is bad. Decide to put that behind you forever.
I am a Japanese male who has masturbated prone since 2005. I've been masturbating two or three times a day. Recently I met a girl and found your site and it made me want to give up prone and learn to masturbate by hand. Sometimes I can get erect by hand and sometimes not. What can I do? (age 27)
A: Welcome. I find it fascinating that you report having masturbated prone "since 2005" when most guys would say "for 16 years" or "since I was 11." However you phrase it, you need to give up prone. You can be masturbating to orgasm by hand next week. Soon you will be able to have intercourse with your new woman. Your erections will improve as you get further away from your history of prone.
I found this site over three years ago and it saved my life. Thank you! (age 36)
Is prone masturbation more pleasurable than conventional sex? If it is, does that make it a bad thing to do? Why not do what is most fun, especially if you might not ever have sex? (age 16)
A: Nearly all males agree that intercourse is more fun than masturbating. Even males who do it prone. Prone masturbation is a bad thing not because of pleasure or non-pleasure but because it is a cause of sexual dysfunction. Instead of doing what is most fun (and I don't think prone is), do what is best for you. Conventional masturbation is a basic sexual skill that every guy needs to know how to do. 90 percent of males don't do it any other way. And how could you possibly know at your young age that you might never have sex?
When I was 7 or 8, I started masturbating prone. I didn't know what it was I was doing. Now I've searched about it and found from your site that prone is bad. I want to see a doctor to make sure my penis structure is all right. I have never talked to my parents about sex, only my older sister. She already knew that I masturbate. So I told her about prone masturbation. She said I need to tell my parents. I asked her to tell them for me. She told them and also that I masturbate 2-3 times a day. My parents have started to act weirdly and think I shouldn't masturbate so often and that it's distracting from my studies. How do I make my parents understand that masturbating is not wrong and is a healthy practice? (age 14)
A: Let's take this one step at a time.
- You need to give up prone masturbation forever. Resolve to never do prone again. Take at least three days with no masturbation, preferably a whole week. Then you will be able to masturbate to orgasm by hand. There is nothing your parents can do to help you with this. It is all up to you.
- I suspect you know your frequency is high. Given time, your frequency will almost certainly reduce to once a day or so. If it really bothers you, you can decide to limit yourself to a certain number of times per week. Nine is a good number!
- I highly doubt your parents are against masturbation. They probably don't know anything about prone and its hazards, and they were probably shocked to learn about your high frequency from your sister. If you want to educate them, show them the main page of HealthyStrokes.com and the page about overcoming prone.
- There is no immediate need to see a doctor. You are very young and it is unlikely you have any organic problem that a doctor could investigate. It is also very unlikely a urologist would be willing to do even minimal diagnostics on you at your age. After you give up prone, you are likely to within a few months no longer believe you are having any kind of trouble. If you give up prone and still feel like you need a doctor, you can pursue that option then.
I'm extremely grateful to you for having HealthyStrokes.com. I have been doing the prone way for 18 years and after having a few sexual problems, I came across your site. That changed my life. I followed the guidance given and I'm now out of prone. It's been 45 days since I gave up prone and I feel so much better now.
I quit prone four months ago. The time it takes me to masturbate to orgasm by hand is now the same as it took me doing prone. This makes me feel like I have recovered from prone.
I have tried sex with my girlfriend and still can't keep an erection long enough to penetrate her. Whenever we are ready to have sex, my erection is gone in 20 seconds. I am very stressed from the thought of not being able to have an erection. Should I keep masturbating by hand or abstain from that in advance of sex with her? (age 25)
A: Definitely abstain from masturbating for 3-5 days before any planned sexual encounter. I would also suggest taking a small dose of Viagra. Your doctor might hesitate to prescribe Viagra to you at your age. You don't need much of it. If you get 20 or 25 mg pills, cut them up very small so that you're only taking 5 mg (1/4 of a 20 mg or 1/5 of a 25 mg).
I just found your site a week ago. I masturbated prone for 15 years, as often as five times a day. I was able to give up prone and just today masturbated by hand with lube and actually finished for the first time. THANK YOU and Merry Christmas!
The girl I've been seeing really wants to have intercourse. We usually only do foreplay and have oral because I have trouble maintaining my erection to have vaginal intercourse. Now I know it's because of prone.
Do you think I'm ready to have sex? I've had four drunken one-night stands before this and I was barely able to get inside them and never had an orgasm. (age 22)
A: Congratulations on giving up prone so quickly and effectively. My program calls for being able to masturbate by hand daily for a month before having intercourse. But if you have a partner lined up who's ready to go, I understand why you wouldn't want to wait.
I have masturbated prone for 25 years. I just found HealthyStrokes.com. I always knew unconsciously that what I was doing was wrong. It messed up my relations with women completely. I am glad that I now know the word for it and can heal. (age 36)
I am a 19-year-old virgin waiting for marriage. I masturbated prone my whole life. A forum recently led me to HealthyStrokes.com. Thank you for the work you did. You probably saved my first time and helped me dodge an embarrassing moment.
A: Congratulations on giving up prone. I also think that waiting until you're married is a mistake. What if you don't get married for 40 more years?
I have been masturbating prone since age 14. With help from HealthyStrokes.com, I have given it up and have now masturbated by hand several times. I am concerned about the shape of my penis. It is bent downward. How can I fix this? (age 23)
A: Congratulations on giving up prone. After a few months to a year of conventional masturbation, if the appearance of your penis is still bothering you, see your doctor. He might refer you to a urologist, who can check you out for any physical abnormality.
I did the seven days' abstinence and haven't been able to ejaculate now that I'm trying to masturbate by hand. I think the only way I'll be able is to use a very tight grip, but that's bad too, isn't it? (age 16)
A: When you're trying to overcome prone, don't worry how tight your grip is. Masturbate as hard and fast as you can until you have an orgasm. When you get accustomed to masturbating by hand, you can work at doing it more gently and more slowly.
Thanks so much for HealthyStrokes.com. I recently cured myself from prone and can now masturbate the conventional way. My erections are back to normal. I still can't orgasm during intercourse. I try and try but can't orgasm without masturbating. Do you have any advice on how to get sensitivity back? (age 36)
A: I suspect you're still using too much force to masturbate. I recommend a toy called the Super Head Honcho to teach you to use less force. The lighter force you will learn to masturbate with is more similar to the force of intercourse.
I have given up prone masturbation but still find my glans too sensitive to touch. I am uncircumcised. What should I do? Should I get circumcised? (age 45)
A: Congratulations on giving up prone. I don't think you'd enjoy being circumcised at your age. You might try a water-based lube. That is the key for circumcised males being able to touch their erect glans. It will help you enjoy masturbating more also.
I was struggling to ejaculate after my abstinence period and decided to thrust into my hand prone for ejaculation. How long will this transitional phase last? (age 16)
A: Instead of giving up prone, you have replaced one form of prone with a different one. Thrusting into your hand my actually be worse than thrusting against your bedding. Resolve to give up prone completely and only masturbate by hand.
I'm having problems with delayed ejaculation and/or anorgasmia when I have sex. This has happened with almost all the women I've slept with over the years. It either takes a really long time or I can't finish at all (though I can usually finish if there's grinding or masturbation involved.)
I used to regularly masturbate in the prone posiiton for many years as a teenage, but I stopped in my early 20s. I have masturbated in the conventional way for maybe a decade now. Is it possible I have injured myself or should I try abstaining from masturbation and pornography for a week before having sex?
I suspect my penis is not as sensitive as it could be. I'm also anxious about sex as a result of this. (age 30)
A: My impression is that you're still using too much force to masturbate, 10 years after giving up prone. I recommend you purchase a toy called the Super Head Honcho for $15-20. You will need to use it with a lube that you enjoy. Masturbating with the toy for a month or two will train you to use less force while masturbating by hand. It is also a good idea to abstain from masturbating for 3-5 days before a planned sexual encounter.
After so many years, I found out that my masturbatory techniques were completely wrong and that masturbating prone could shatter my sex life, so I decided to follow the advice on HealthyStrokes.com.
On January 3, I started the cure program. After a week of not touching myself, I could sense how my erections were much better. In fact, even when I was not touching myself, when I thought of sex I could sense how pre-cum was being produced.
When I try to masturbate by hand, I don't feel any pleasure at all. After two weeks of abstinence, I've been masturbating for an hour a day every two days. I'm having no results. Completely dry.
I think I'm the only one who has this problem of not feeling anything even after nearly three weeks without masturbating. I'm going to buy lube because maybe my problem is that my glans is very dry. If that doesn't work, I'm going back to prone. (age 34)
A: Do not go back to prone. That will just throw away your 17 days of progress and you will have to start over. Masturbating by hand doesn't feel good right away to men who've practiced prone for over 20 years. Relax and work at enjoying yourself. Get lost in one of your favorite fantasies. Don't worry that it doesn't feel exactly like prone. When you get close to orgasm, stroke as hard and fast as you can until you have an orgasm. It might not feel as intense as what you're used to. As you get more experienced at masturbating by hand, it will become more familiar and you will enjoy it more.
I advise against adding lube at this time. First learn to masturbate by hand and then learn to use lube.
I found HealthyStrokes.com three years ago after 22 years of prone. It took me around four days of abstaining. Then it took me about an hour to masturbate to orgasm by hand for the first time. It was a small victory that turned the tide.
After two years, I'm now married with a baby. I can't imagine masturbating prone anymore. It feels much better to masturbate the conventional way. For those wishing to change, just do it. Show will power. After 22 years, I was able to. I know much older people have also. (age 32)
I've masturbated prone since I was 13. I tried to stop masturbating to get cured and only lasted two days. What would you recommend me do? (age 20)
A: You are a grown-up. You need to show more self-control than that. Decide that you truly want to overcome prone masturbation and learn to masturbate by hand like nearly every other guy. Plan on taking seven days. If the urge strikes you again after less than that, go somewhere that you know you won't be able to masturbate.
I gave up prone last year with your help. I continue to have weak erections. I smoke and take anti-depressants but low-dose Cialis helps me. Often I will start masturbating without an erection and only get erect when I'm close to orgasm. What can I do to improve my erections? I'm planning on taking another week off from masturbating. I don't like your suggestion to masturbate by hand daily for a month because it's exhausting. Thank you for your help. You're a godsend. (age 26)
A: You should never masturbate when you don't have a decent erection to begin with. You're training your body not to have an erection. I don't know anything about low-dose Cialis, but many men like low-dose Viagra (20 mg) which is not only cheap, but those pills easily break in two in case a 10 mg dose will work. Anti-depressants typically make it more difficult for a man to reach orgasm. They don't usually cause erectile problems. In any case, you should definitely quit smoking and get your doctor to switch you to a different anti-depressant that doesn't cause sexual side effects. Most men your age find it no problem to masturbate or engage in sexual intercourse once a day. If it's exhausting, you're doing something wrong. I suspect you're also using too much force. I suggest buying a toy called the Super Head Honcho which along with a nice lube will help train you to use less force when you masturbate by hand.
I successfully quit prone masturbation and now masturbate conventionally. I abstained for seven days and masturbated to orgasm happily on the seventh day. Afterward, the tip of my penis felt numb. Is that normal? (age 17)
A: It is not normal to make your penile tip numb during masturbation, but it unfortunately happens to more than a few males who are learning to masturbate by hand for the first time. As you get more accustomed to masturbating by hand, you will use less force and enjoy it more. Don't worry about occasional numbness for now.
Because of HealthyStrokes.com, I'm able to masturbate the conventional way. This is the first time I've ever ejaculated using my hands. Your site says to abstain for a day before trying again. Why can't I do it again tomorrow? (age 17)
A: It's up to you. If it was a struggle to masturbate to orgasm by hand the first time (e.g., if it took 45 minutes or more), then you're better off skipping a day. If you feel like you masturbated to orgasm by hand easily, then you could just as well do it again the next day.
Thank you so much for your work on HealthyStrokes.com. I have been masturbating prone since I was a teen. It was because of HealthyStrokes.com that I learned of the adverse effects of prone masturbation. I stopped completely and tried conventional hand masturbation. It took me less than 10 minutes to masturbate to orgasm the first time. But it did not feel as intense as my orgasms from prone have. How can I decrease the interval between two orgasms? (age 29)
A: You are lucky it took you less than 10 minutes the first time. Congratulations! You are new to conventional masturbation and haven't learned how to maximize your enjoyment from it. That will happen in less than a few weeks. That is why I encourage males who are recovering from prone to masturbate to orgasm by hand daily for a month. If you think your orgasms are not intense enough, then if anything, you should increase that interval instead of decreasing it. I think you will know when you're able to have more than one masturbation session a day. Good luck.
Follow-up: I masturbated successfully for 20 consecutive days after giving up prone. Then I tried sex with a woman. I lost my erection while penetrating her. But I still get nice erections when I masturbate.
A: I would suggest using a low dose of Viagra (e.g., 10 mg) while you're getting used to post-cure intercourse. Ask your doctor for a prescription of 20 mg Viagra (Revatio) and break or cut the pills in half.
After giving up prone, it is normal to tense one's legs while masturbating conventionally? I don't remember ever doing that while masturbating prone (of course I was thrusting with my legs) but as soon as I switched, I started doing that every time. I masturbate with my right hand and hold my phone with my left hand and stretch my legs out very straight and with greater intensity as I get close to orgasm. (age 24)
A: Yes, what you describe is very normal. Both males and females do that, including those who have no history of prone masturbation. As you point out, your legs used to have a job to do during your masturbating sessions, and now they don't. That is probably why males who switch are more aware that they're doing it.
I have been masturbating prone for 14 years. I wasn't able to do it with my partner. Will Viagra help me? I am definitely quitting prone. (age 26)
A: Once you quit prone and have been masturbating to orgasm by hand daily for a month, is when it will be a good idea for you to try sex with a partner. If you are successful then, you probably won't need Viagra. If you are still having trouble accomplishing intercourse then, that is when you should seek a prescription for Viagra.
For three days, I have been having pain to the left of my penis. I suspect the pain is from prone masturbation. Can you help me? (age 24)
A: I'm not sure what you mean by "to the left" of your penis. Your testicle? Your abdomen? Pain to the left of the penis is better than to the right, because the right side is where your appendix is. If you're masturbating prone, you need to quit that forever and learn to masturbate to orgasm by hand and then only masturbate by hand.
The pain might not have anything to do with prone masturbation but might be you're been ejaculating too often lately. Please read my page about unexplained pain in the prostate.
I have been masturbating prone since 2001. I think I have some kind of erectile dysfunction. I get erections at night but I don't get erect when I masturbate prone. I can't keep an erection long when I masturbate but my nocturnal erections last a long time. I have watched porn since I was 24. I am a virgin and not married but I want to get married within two years. Can I be cured by then? (age 32)
A: You need to decide to give up prone masturbation forever. Take a week (maybe two) off from masturbation and all other sexual activity. Then you will be able to masturbate to orgasm by hand. Within a few months, you will notice an improvement in your erections.
You are also too old to still be a virgin. As you plan to get married, why not also work at becoming sexually active with your future wife, once you are experienced at masturbating to orgasm by hand.
I want to just thank you. For years I was masturbating on my stomach thinking it was normal. But after reading HealthyStrokes.com, I decided to change. It was not easy, but I managed to masturbate to orgasm by hand after half a week and now I masturbate much better with the normal method. I got a strong headache during masturbation for the first time in my life and it was scary. Thank you for your help in getting me done with prone. (age 17)
A: I'm amused that you say both that it was not easy and that it only took you half a week. I urge males to plan to take a full week off from masturbating. The men who write here after struggling to masturbate to orgasm after a full week (or two) will probably not be amused that you think getting it done in half a week was not easy. Anyway, congratulations on switching.
Most males develop orgasm headaches a few times in their lives. If it is not a recurring thing, or part of a pattern involving other headaches, then it is simply a nuisance and not something to worry about.
I masturbated prone for five years and now I have quit it. I have ED issues. I don't want to masturbate again. How long will it take to overcome it? (age 21)
A: You will masturbate again. You will masturbate often. But you will do it by hand, and you will enjoy it more than you did prone. Your erections will be better within 3-4 months of quitting prone and learning to masturbate to orgasm by hand.
I was divorced four years ago and have been masturbating prone since. I found HealthyStrokes.com two years ago and quit prone. My erections have greatly improved, but I am unable to orgasm from vaginal intercourse. (age 39)
A: I think a lot of information is missing. You report both that you've been masturbating prone for four years and that you quit prone two years ago. Which is correct? And how did you masturbate until four years ago? I suspect you are using too much force. I recommend a toy called the Super Head Honcho to help train you to masturbate with less force.
I masturbated prone for years. After finding HealthyStrokes.com last year, I followed the cure instructions. For a year, I have masturbated by hand and gotten good erections. This afternoon suddenly I masturbated prone. Will I have ED? Should I start the cure all over again and not masturbate or have sex for a week? Did I ruin my cure? (age 26)
A: You did not ruin your cure and there is no need to abstain for another week. You did not help yourself at all by going back to prone. When you quit prone, you need to make a commitment to never masturbate prone again. It is too easy to lose your hard-earned progress when you get in the habit of cheating. Resist temptation when you feel like going back to prone.
I came here about a year ago to learn about prone, and I have to thank you. I've completely overcome my erection problems due to prone. I now have good erections and much better quality sex. Your recommended routine worked!
I am limited to achieving erections only when sitting or lying down. I can maintain an erection after I switch from seated to standing. I would like to achieve erections standing up. Do you have any tips? (age 33)
A: Congratulations on giving up prone and for sharing your progress with me and my readers. As men age, it is more difficult for them to achieve erections while standing. Many men your age find they lose their erection as soon as they stand up. Some of that is pure gravity; when a man rises, some of the blood drains from his penis. It is certainly no indictment of your sexual ability if you are unable to get an erection while standing. I would suggest not worrying about this or even thinking about it. You might suddenly discover yourself becoming erect while standing when you least expect it.
I gave up prone masturbation with your help. I have been masturbating conventionally for a month now. It still takes me an average of 12 minutes to masturbate to orgasm. When I first did it by hand, it took about an hour, and that time has decreased, until I got down to 12 minutes. It's taken me that long for three weeks now. What am I doing wrong? I don't feel any pleasure from masturbating except right before I orgasm. (age 20)
A: 12 minutes is a typical time for your age. There is nothing wrong with that length. Masturbating to orgasm in 5-10 minutes is more of a teen boy thing. A month is not so long to have been masturbating by hand after (you didn't say but I'm guessing) 7 or 8 years of prone. You are still getting used to the new feeling. You will enjoy your masturbating sessions more as you get more accustomed to hand masturbation.
I practiced prone from the time I was 13. I tried more than once to quit the habit in recent years because I was noticing sexual dysfunction. Nothing worked when I had sex, and I couldn't ejaculate. This month and last, I abstained for 3-4 weeks and in the third week I tried to ejaculate but couldn't. I didn't resort to prone. Today, in week 4, I stroked for about five minutes and ejaculated everywhere. I was in tears. I was going to leave it for two days as you recommend but in bed I just tried again, and it took 10 minutes this time, but I came with my hand again. For anyone out there struggling, just abstain for as long as you can. After the 2nd week, I didn't even feel the urge to masturbate. Just abstain, abstain, and do not give up. I even ordered a toy to try to help but I need to cancel because I don't need it anymore. I'm going to make love to a girl I've gotten close to lately. Thank you! (age 21)
A: Many males wouldn't abstain as long as you did. I'm glad it finally worked. Once you are accustomed to masturbating by hand, I recommend using the Super Head Honcho toy to help you learn to use less force.
Why is it that when I try to masturbate after abstaining for a few days, I can't ejaculate and only have to urinate, but I can masturbate to orgasm just fine when I'm prone? (age 19)
A: It's because you've taught yourself to masturbate to orgasm while prone. Now you need to give that up and learn to masturbate by hand. Take a full week off from masturbating and then be patient when you try. It might take you more than one day of trying before you succeed. Do not go back to prone. That only means starting over.
If I'm able to finish with my hand after a week of abstinence, can I go back to intercourse? Can I at least have her do it with her hand? Please tell me any loophole I can use to have sex ASAP. (age 18)
A: Dude. You're not taking this seriously. This is about YOUR recovery after a lifetime (or maybe five years) of prone. It's about YOU learning to masturbate to orgasm by hand. It's about YOU doing it daily for a month and working at taking less time, using less force, and getting used to the new feeling. Your girlfriend isn't the one in recovery.
I'm working at overcoming prone. When I'm finished with the abstinence period and am working at masturbating by hand, is it OK if I use porn or other visual aids? Or should I strictly use my imagination? (age 24)
A: Use whatever will help you masturbate to orgasm by hand. After you've been successfully masturbating to orgasm by hand for a month, you can work at switching from video porn to tamer visual aids, like simple nudity.
I've been doing prone for over a decade now. I often end up going back to prone even after weeks and months of conventional masturbation. What can I do? (age 26)
A: Resolve that you'll never masturbate prone again. Work at using less force when you masturbate by hand. Work at finding more ways to enjoy masturbating by hand, like on the couch, at the computer desk, or even in the car, and think about how you wouldn't be able to enjoy that variety if you were still doing prone. Think about the problems that prone males cause for themselves that most males who masturbate conventionally never have.
I just came across HealthyStrokes.com today. Thank you for making people aware of the problems caused by prone masturbation. The news came as a shock to me as prone is how I learned to masturbate all those years ago and still did up until today. In bed, I have only ever masturbated prone, but tonight I am going to do it by hand.
I don't feel like I need to do an abstinence time, because over the years I have also masturbated to orgasm by hand a few times. I only did it prone for a few years from the time I started.
I had sexual relationships in my younger years, but it's been so many years since I've had sex, that I wonder how I might fare now.
I didn't start masturbating until just before my 15th birthday. I have three teenage nephews and feel like I should make their parents aware of the harm prone masturbation can cause. Thank you, thank you, thank you. (age 51)
I first saw HealthyStrokes.com when I was 21. Now I'm 30 and was able to switch only this year. It took me 28 days of abstinence before I could masturbate to orgasm by hand. After a month of masturbating conventionally, I'm still taking a long time to reach orgasm. In the past week, I've felt compelled to do it prone twice. How I can I stop the temptation to return? (age 30)
A: Whenever you go back to prone, you lose some of the progress you've made. It's been a month since you switched, but you're not feeling the same satisfaction from conventional masturbation that you get from prone. Make sure you're using the correct mix of fantasy and visual aids that enhance your conventional masturbation experience. Try to create new experiences that you didn't have when you were doing prone. For example, masturbate while sitting on the couch or at your computer desk. You couldn't do it there during all your years of prone. One man wrote me that a month after he switched, he masturbated while watching Naked News on TV. He immediately realized he was onto something new because he never would have been able to masturbate while watching TV while he was practicing prone; he would have had to repair to his bedroom and do prone without the TV. Don't compare your new experience to prone; keep working at making the new experience better, and your years of prone will be forgotten.
I went a month without being able to orgasm from conventional masturbation including two weeks of complete abstinence and a month of no sex. I had practiced prone masturbation for 20 years. I became discouraged and ordered a small standard Fleshlight. I ejaculated from the Fleshlight the first time I used it and the following day, I masturbated three times and came each time. Am I just substituting one bad method for another? (age 25)
A: I don't recommend the Fleshlight at all. There is another masturbation sleeve, the Super Head Honcho, that I recommend for males who have successfully switched from prone to conventional masturbation and are now working at learning to masturbate with less force. I don't recommend that males use the Super Head Honcho while they are learning to masturbate conventionally.
The purpose of the abstinence period is to help you learn to masturbate to orgasm by hand. The Fleshlight is not helping you do that. I would recommend putting the toy away and working to masturbate to orgasm by hand. You will be glad you did when you are successful.
I quit prone around the first of the year. My years of prone left a mark on my penis that I've been unsuccessful making go away. I've been treating it with aloe vera and ice. How can I speed up the process? (age 19)
A: I've never heard of that happening. Maybe the mark is not what you think it is. I would suggest having a doctor look at your penis. Congratulations on giving up prone.
I am 16 and have been masturbating prone my entire life. Today is May 31 and right before the summer starts in my state, on the east coast of America. I know that I need to convert to conventional, non-prone masturbation before July and especially before the school year starts at the end of summer (around September 15). I will probably masturbate prone for the last time on June 4, because due to my tumultuous family situation, I almost never have time to masturbate in peace. When I successfully convert, I'll comment here. (age 16)
I don't understand your obsession with the calendar. You remind me of a smoker who'll quit after one more cigarette, or an alcoholic who'll quit after one more drink. Don't wait until June 4 to give up prone. Decide that the last time you masturbated prone was the last time you'll ever masturbate prone. Take a week off from all sex and masturbation and then teach yourself to masturbate to orgasm by hand, the way you know is right.
I've been masturbating prone since I was 13. I found HealthyStrokes.com and abstained a week, as you said, but when I tried conventional masturbation by hand, I couldn't get to orgasm even after 25 minutes. I don't want to prone again. Can I try again tomorrow? (age 18)
A: 25 minutes is not so long. Expect to take 45 minutes to reach orgasm your first time masturbating by hand. If you can't reach orgasm after an hour, then stop and try again the next day. Do not go back to prone. Congratulations on deciding to give up prone forever.
I quit prone 7 months ago. I am much better now but my glans has no sensitivity, and I feel little during oral sex. Will it improve over time? (age 35)
A: Yes, it is apt to feel the better the longer you have been away from prone. You are also more likely to feel more sensitivity if you abstain from masturbation for 3-5 days before a planned sexual encounter.
I have been practicing prone masturbation for years without any detectable sexual problems. Suddenly I noticed that the sensation at my glans penis and penile shaft is markedly reduced. I am worried. I am trying to quitting prone masturbation. Will my penile sensitivity get back to normal? (age 34)
A: Please vow to give up prone masturbation forever. After a week of no sex or masturbation, you can learn to masturbate by hand. After a few months from when you stopped prone, you will notice a difference in your erections and penile sensitivity.
After giving up prone masturbation, can I use a blanket to masturbate the conventional way with? (age 15)
A: No. That wouldn't be the conventional way. The conventional way to masturbate is to stroke up and down your penis with one hand. When you give up prone, you give up masturbating with blankets, sheets, comforters, bedding, etc.
Iíve been prone masturbating twice a day since I was 12. I'm now 48 and I canít keep an erection long enough for penetration. I rarely get aroused or feel any sensitivity. If I quit prone now, can I reverse my symptoms, since Iíve been doing it for so long? (age 48)
A: Yes. Learning to masturbate conventionally and then using less force will make a difference in your sensitivity. After a few months of giving up prone, you will notice an improvement in your erections. At your age, I would suggest using low-dose Viagra (10-20 mg) to boost your erectile function.
I learned to masturbate prone but I think it was especially traumatic. I would most often be flaccid with my penis pointed down, then press an object (rolled shirt, etc) into the base of the penis hard. Or rather into the space between the penile root and the pubic bone. I guess this is where the suspensory ligament is. So there was no stimulation on the penis itself, but I was able to orgasm this way. I would also place a folded towel against the corner of the bathroom counter and ďrideĒ it, with almost my full body weight pressing the corner of the counter into the penile root space. Have you encountered a technique like this before? (age 26)
A: Yes. Whether it is or isn't more traumatic than less brutal means of masturbating prone, it is still prone masturbation and needs to be quit. You didn't say anything about how you masturbate now; only that you learned to masturbate prone. I hope you have given up prone and now masturbate only conventionally. And if you haven't, now is the time.
I gave up prone 3 months ago and abstained from masturbation since. I masturbated to completion with the conventional method yesterday in 30 minutes and again today in 15 minutes. Can I continue to masturbate daily or should I abstain for a few days between sessions? I also have a partner who has a very high sex drive. Do you think we can start having sex by the end of next week? (age 25)
A: You didn't need to abstain from masturbation for three months. You only needed to abstain for a week. Congratulations on successfully masturbating to orgasm by hand twice. You may certainly continue to do it daily. If you have gone three months without prone, you are also ready to try intercourse. It might be a good idea to abstain from masturbating for 3-5 days before trying post-prone intercourse for the first time.
Is there a relationship between prone masturbation and laziness? (age 19)
A: I don't have a measure in my database for "laziness." The closest I can come is education level. Presumably high school dropouts are lazier than men who've attended some college; men who've finished college; and men with graduate study. But according to a survey of over 10,000 males by HealthyStrokes.com in the second half of 2007, the rate of currently practicing prone masturbation is higher among those with graduate study (7.5 percent); college graduates (6.8 percent); those with some college (5.6 percent) than high school dropouts (4.5 percent). I suspect you were thinking that lazier males are more likely to practice prone masturbation. If educational attainment means anything, the exact opposite is true.
I have been masturbating prone since I started at age 11 in 2007, 15 years ago. I just learned about prone masturbation and the hazards associated with it thanks to HealthyStrokes.com. I can confidently say that all these hazards are true. Do I really need to learn to masturbate prone or can I just give up all masturbation right now? I am getting married in two years and want to be able to satisfy my wife. Hats off to you. (age 26)
A: As you mention, you have been masturbating frequently for 15 years, since you were still a boy. You will not be giving it up forever. It is good for you and you enjoy it. Resolve to give up prone forever, and in a few more days, you will be able to masturbate to orgasm by hand. Do it daily for a while and then decide how much or how little you will do it until you get married.
I've been masturbating prone since I was a kid. I recently learned how bad it is for my sex life. Today, after a few days of not masturbating, I tried and was unable to ejaculate. All I got was pre-cum, and after 15 minutes, I gave up. Will I ever be able to ejaculate the regular way? (age 18)
A: My instructions are to abstain from masturbation and other sexual contact for a full week. Your first few times masturbating by hand, you should expect it to take at least 45 minutes.
Can I be cured in less than two weeks? I want to have sex with my girlfriend before she leaves the state. I have had two weeks of drinking water and not masturbating. (age 22)
A: It is up to you when you have sex. Doing it before the point in the cure program that calls for sex means you might be less than successful having intercourse. If you are OK having less than totally successful intercourse and possibly delaying your cure, then go ahead and have sex. Then work at properly following the cure program so the next time you and your girlfriend are together, you will have a better chance of succeeding. I have no idea what drinking water has to do with anything. I've never said anything about that.
I want to thank the author of HealthyStrokes.com so much. I'm 18 and was masturbating prone my whole life without ever knowing the consequences. It has been two weeks since I left prone, and two days ago, I tried the conventional method. It took 47 minutes to ejaculate and I was over the top laughing like a maniac. The feeling was surreal. The next day, my time dropped to 12 minutes, and today it only took 10 minutes to ejaculate. I can't thank the author enough for saving my life! To all the people trying to give up prone, I ask you to please follow the steps given on this page, don't give up hope, and keep trying. Remember, the normal method is 100 times more fun and rewarding. (age 18)
Thanks for the wonderful web site, HealthyStrokes.com. It really help me figure out my situation, which was always difficult for me to comprehend. I have been doing prone since I learned to make myself orgasm. Until recently, when I tried by hand, I couldn't do it. Doing it by hand wasn't fun.
Until recently, I had ED when I was with my girlfriend. I found HealthyStrokes.com and completely understood the harms of prone. So I decided to quit it completely. I did 5 days abstaining and was able to orgasm in the normal way in 5-7 minutes and I've done it now every day the past four days. Can I try again with my partner now? (age 31)
A: Congratulations on making the change so quickly. I usually urge males to be able to masturbate by hand daily for a month before trying sex with a partner. I know that most males who have partners ready to go don't usually follow this instruction. So have sex when you're ready.
Another thing stood out for me from reading your message: You never once used the word masturbate. I think you have some kind of issue with the practice when you write a lengthy message about masturbation without ever using the word. Work harder to accept masturbation as normal, healthy, and fun, and even necessary for male sexual health. Masturbating you will always do.
Can I use a Fleshlight to overcome prone masturbation? (age 22)
A: The first step is giving up prone and learning to masturbate to orgasm by hand. Once you've done that, a toy is apt to help you learn to use less force. I don't recommend the Fleshlight but I do recommend the Super Head Honcho. Many males have used it successfully to use less force.
When I first started masturbating, I unfortunately discovered it the prone way. I did it this way for some time and thought itís normal to masturbate this way. Eventually I experienced side effects: sensitivity loss, erectile dysfunction. I was confused on why masturbating could cause these debilatating effects. I then discovered itís only because I masturbated prone. I became depressed and asked myself, why me? Why did it have to be me that discovered masturbation this way? I took a break from masturbating and learned to masturbate the proper and normal way and things got a lot better. I regained sensitivity and erectile rigidly. Now I know the dangers of masturbating prone and since then I never lie down prone even when Iím not masturbating. I hate the position. I donít want anything touching or putting even a little pressure on my penis and I'm very protective of it.
My penis size is different due to prone masturbation. The base of my penis seems small compared to the head. How do I overcome this? (age 24)
A: Prone masturbation does not affect penis size. Please give up prone masturbation forever and then learn to masturbate by hand. You will be glad you did and will not worry about the size of your base.
I stopped prone eight years ago. This improved my erections and sex life. My erection is good while masturbating but I may not always get a good erection for sex with a partner. I can get an erection on my own and have sex if my partner gets ready. If I do foreplay with my partner, I need 12.5 mg of Viagra to get a timely erection. What should I do? (age 35)
A: You're on the young side for needing Viagra, but if you masturbated prone for 15 years (I'm guessing), then you might always need it. I suspect you're getting 50 mg Viagra and are cutting them into quarters. Viagra also comes in 20 mg doses. If you get those, you can break them in half with your fingers. I wish I had a better solution. You might also try using the Super Head Honcho sleeve when you masturbate to teach yourself to use less force.
I am a virgin. I have been masturbating prone almost daily since I was 14. Is it too late for me to quit? (age 20, soon 21)
A: It is never too late to give up prone. Many men have switched much older than you. Resolve to never masturbate prone again and then learn to masturbate to orgasm by hand. You will be doing it before Christmas! Then make a plan to lose your virginity in the new year. You are too old to still be a virgin.
I've been masturbating prone since I was 14 and I'm now 48. I can't get an erection. Can I still get cured from prone masturbation?
A: It's never too late to give up prone. I would suggest getting a prescription for Viagra and using that to help you learn to masturbate by hand after you've taken a week or so without prone or any other masturbation.
After the abstinence period, I thrust into my pillow (although not super hard) and then ejaculated. Am I cured of prone? (age 16)
A: If you are thrusting into a pillow or anything else, you are still masturbating prone. Resolve to never masturbate prone again. Take a week off from masturbating and then learn to masturbate to orgasm by hand. Then you will be cured.
I masturbated for the first time at age 13 in 2013 and did it prone. After a year and a half to two years of this, I stopped prone and since early 2016 have only beat off with my hand. Am I good? (age 22)
A: Yes, I don't think you will have any issue from giving up prone almost seven years ago. Congratulations.
I've been masturbating prone since I was born and when I decide to do the days of abstinence, I can't make it and go back to prone. I'm desperate. (age 28)
A: All you have to do is take a certain number of days off from masturbating and other sexual stimulation to allow yourself to learn to masturbate to orgasm by hand. Once you've gotten over that hurdle, you can do it as often as you were doing it prone, and maybe more often. Simply decide you want that sexual freedom more than you want to masturbate that one single time that is breaking your abstinence.
I can't stop prone masturbation for a week. I have tried many times but can't make it. How can I stop masturbating prone? (age 13)
A: You are not showing good use of will power by not being able to make it a week without masturbating. Some boys your age haven't even started yet. Follow the suggestions I make on the overcoming prone page and find some way to resist the temptation when you have an overwhelming urge to masturbate. You will be glad when you give up prone and can masturbate by hand like any other guy.
I discovered HealthyStrokes.com two years ago at age 25. I quit prone thanks to you. I've been taking 5 mg Cialis before intercourse. I can last really long although I don't like idea of being on pills permanently. Without them, my erections aren't as strong. I've had trouble keeping an erection long when changing sexual positions or wearing condoms. You mentioned a 35-year-old man who thought due to 15 years of prone would always need Viagra. I hope I'm not like him. I masturbated prone for 12 years from ages 13 to 25. What can I do? Thank you greatly for your contribution to men's sexual health. (age 27)
A: I don't remember the man who thought he'd always need Viagra. If you remind me the date of my correspondence with him, I could look it up. You are quite young to be dependent on an ED pill (and so is someone at 35). If you're having trouble with your erections, then there is no shame in using a pill. Are you also masturbating currently? If so, I would suggest keeping a log of how strong your erections are when you masturbate. If you find you don't need Cialis to masturbate, then it would be worth taking a chance on seeing how you are in intercourse without it. I hope your female partner or partners are supportive.
I've been masturbating prone ever since I started masturbating years ago. After finding HealthyStrokes.com, I have tried the conventional method, but it is boring. What should I do? I'm badly stressed. (age 17)
A: Conventional masturbation will feel less intense than prone at first, although you might be the first who's ever said it's boring. After a few weeks of conventional, you will like it much better. Resolve to never masturbate prone again.
I stopped masturbating prone a month ago. How long before I can get an erection again? (age 48)
A: You ought to be able to get one by now. I suggest seeing a doctor for an ED prescription.
My boyfriend, who is 31, is on the journey of quitting prone masturbation. He has agreed to do it after I did a ton of research and came across HealthyStrokes.com. He has never masturbated the conventional way and has solely been prone masturbating for 16 years. We are currently on day 9 and he has only tried the conventional way once (unsuccessfully Ė understandably, I knew it would happen) and he seems so defeated. He has not gone back to prone (that I know of; we donít live together yet) and we are going to continue the steps you provided.
Iím worried that he will never be able to achieve an orgasm or ejaculate even if we do the steps. I know the process is not a going to be a straight line process, but I cannot keep anxiety at bay. Iím afraid we will never be able to have children and that our sex life will be destroyed.
I know my boyfriend, and if he doesnít ejaculate the first time we have sex, heís going to get all in his head about it. And, it's sad to say, if he gives up and goes back to prone, I cannot continue being with him. He cannot provide the future that I truly want if he continues because, to my understanding, IVF clinics do not provide beds to give a sample. (If he can only masturbate prone, then he would need to do it on a bed to produce a semen sample for in vitro fertilization.) I cry thinking about ending things because of this. Thereís nothing I want more than a normal and healthy relationship. Iíve considered a sex therapist if the steps you provided do not work, but we are both young and do not have a lot of money to see one.
Do you have any additional tips, advice I can give to him (or how I can be more supportive than I am now), or do you know the likelihood of how long these things typically take in his case? 16 years (sometimes multiple times a day) worth of damage is absolutely nervewracking to me.
Thank you for posting all the information on your site. I truly want to believe it will work for us. (age 26)
A: The most important thing is that he has to want to change. I'm not sure from reading your message that he wants to. The message was mostly about what you learned about his condition by searching online and what you want.
I'm not sure why you assumed in advance that he would not succeed the first time he tried at conventional. If you signaled to him that you were expecting that failure, then he might have picked up on that and it might have contributed to his not succeeding.
Am I to understand that you and he have never had intercourse and that he is a 31-year-old virgin? That is a problem by itself separate from prone.
All this talk about IVF is premature. You haven't even given him two weeks to change yet. Indeed, some IVF clinics provide couches; below are photos of actual rooms where men produce semen samples.
You and he might want to read Undressing the American Male by Eva Margolies, especially this chapter.
Actual photos of semen donation rooms at sperm banks. These are deluxe rooms that have couches, where a male who masturbates prone might actually produce a specimen
I have refrained from prone masturbation for two weeks. On the 13th day, I had a wet dream. Then I abstained for another seven days. On the 18th day, a little semen came out but I did not ejaculate fully. Should I restart the seven days again? (age 24)
A: It was probably not semen but only pre-cum. You need to abstain not only from masturbation but whatever you were doing that caused you to release pre-cum. I don't think you need to restart the clock after that.
I've been prone masturbating twice a day since I was five. Does prone masturbation cause an increase in size of the buttocks? Mine are huge. I'm still learning about this and would appreciate anything you could tell me. (age 21)
A: The most important thing is to resolve to quit prone masturbation forever and learn to masturbate by hand. Then learn to live with size buttocks you have or work at reducing them. I've never heard of prone masturbation or any masturbation making a difference in size of buttocks.
How do I know when I'm completely cured? You told some guy he would probably need Viagra forever. I am greatly disheartened by that. Will my penis never be the same as it was if I had not been doing prone since age 13? Thank you so much for HealthyStrokes.com! (age 19)
A: The man I said that to was considerably older than you and had been masturbating prone for 15 years and was already habituated to daily Viagra. None of that is true for you. The problem with prone masturbation is not so much in your penis as in your mind. You are used to the heavy stimulation you've been getting from prone masturbation for six years.
Once you quit prone and have been masturbating to orgasm by hand daily for a month, is when it will be a good idea for you to try sex with a partner. If you are successful then, you probably won't need Viagra. If you are still having trouble accomplishing intercourse then, that is when you should seek a prescription for Viagra.
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