Another pool-side post -Shay
“I am very concerned that I may have been masturbating using the prone position i.e. face-down and may have this condition called traumatic masturbatory syndrome (TMS). I am 23 years old and have been masturbating I’d say everyday on average for the last 9 years and 90% of this time I have used this prone, facing down on a bed masturbation style method. I only just found out that this can lead to TMS. So as you can imagine I am now very worried. The added problem is that I am a virgin and so have not had a proper sexual relationship with a woman so have no way of knowing whether or not I would have problems getting an erection and maintaining it etc.
*[TMS is a term coined by Dr. Lawrence I. Sank, a researcher who studied sexual dysfunction in men. He suspected that masturbating in the prone position could lead to anorgasmia (not being able to come) during penetrative sex and erectile dysfunction. ]
Don’t worry reader, you don’t have to run out and hire someone to help you test whether your penis is working correctly.
But if you are worried, one thing you should to do is stop masturbating using the prone position.
Even if you did go out, have sex this afternoon, and find that everything seems to be working correctly, you should still stop using this position exclusively. From what I’ve read, using the prone position is not good for your penis as it puts too much pressure on the base.
You need to teach yourself how to masturbate in the conventional way (sitting up or laying on your back and using your fist to squeeze and pump up and down on your penis). If you find that this doesn’t work to make you cum, don’t switch back to your usual method, just give yourself some time. Some people who are used to masturbating in the prone position find that they need to abstain for a few days before they are able to orgasm from masturbating in the conventional way. It’s probably going to take some will power, but if you are really concerned about your sexual function, I’m sure you’ll be able to manage.
You’re a young man, so there is still lots of time for you to learn to masturbate conventionally and correct any damage that might have been done.
P.S. I fully expect to have one or two of my readers attempt to contradict me on this, so let me head you off. Yes, it is perfectly reasonable that masturbating in the prone position doesn’t lead to TMS in every man but, like the kegel issue, why bother taking a risk when there are plenty of other fun ways to get off?