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You can’t get STIs from self-pleasure, but you can aggravate other infections, and spread outbreaks from one area to another. Chronic infections of the penis, such as balanitis (more commonly seen in uncircumcised men), and outbreaks of Herpes II are also more common with excessive masturbation due to the increased chance of skin breakage. “Stress also decreases both the body’s ability to produce natural lubricating factors and to heal such lesions, which can result in difficult-to-treat/chronic conditions. The good news is that cessation of the behavior is often a cure,” says Dr. Ali.