Understanding Floor Masturbation

Floor masturbation, sometimes called prone masturbation, is a type of sexual activity where an individual masturbates in the prone position using either the floor, a mattress, or a pillow to stimulate their genitals by rubbing against it. 

Like any sexual activity, masturbation has its benefits, such as improving mood and alleviating stress, as well as helping to release "good" hormones. However, the practice of floor masturbation is a particular form that has some potential risks. In this article, we will discuss floor masturbation, its dangers and side effects.


Dangers and Side Effects of Floor Masturbation

Due to body weight, floor masturbation puts a large amount of pressure on the genitals, including nerves found at the base of the penis. The pressure can often feel more intense than sensations felt during partnered sex, and masturbating this way on a regular basis can potentially make the sensations felt in other types of sex less than satisfying. 

The condition has been named Traumatic Masturbation Syndrome, and makes both sex and even typical masturbation without a hard surface feel less stimulating. A regular floor masturbator might find that they are not able to orgasm so easily in any other way. There are various dangers and long-term side effects of floor masturbation that should be considered:

  • Risk of Injuries

Masturbating on a hard floor surface can increase the risk of injuries, such as bruising or floor burns, especially if done vigorously.

  • Erectile Dysfunction

Masturbating on the floor can also increase the risk of erectile dysfunction, especially if done in uncomfortable or awkward positions. Doing things in a  way to produce stimulation that is different from that you can get with a partner may lead to the inability to ejaculate without stronger stimulation and, as mentioned earlier, may lead to delayed ejaculation or even erectile dysfunction.

  • De-sensitivity of the Genitals/Numbness or Tingling Sensations

Floor masturbation that applies heavy pressure on the genitals can potentially lead to desensitizing the genital area and eventually numbness or tingling sensations.

  • Delayed Ejaculation or Cannot Orgasm in Any Other Way

If you find yourself only being able to orgasm this way, or having difficulty having an orgasm without floor masturbation, you may have Traumatic Masturbation Syndrome and might want to discuss this with your doctor or therapist and see what alternatives he or she may suggest. 

What to Do

Provided you want to stop floor masturbation and wish to pursue what some would consider a conventional sex or masturbation routine, there may be steps you can take to reverse the habit of floor masturbation:

  • Stop masturbating in the prone position and rubbing against hard objects - First things first, if you can stop doing the destructive behavior that you wish to end, stop doing it. Although it might be easier said than done, and it may also take some time to physically heal and recover from any nerve damage incurred. It may be wise to seek advice from a medical professional.
  • Try different positions and different methods - TENGA can provide a wide variety of stimulations and styles of masturbation that can help you discover a new way to masturbate that is better for you. You can also find some very unique new sensations through electronic vibration alternatives.
  • Use your mind to arouse yourself - Sexual arousal is only one part physical, there is also a mental aspect. For example, try closing your eyes and seeing someone you are attracted to and having a close physical encounter with them. You may find your level of desire heightened and then start feeling physically aroused. As Dr. Helen Singer Kaplan of Cornell University has found, desire precedes sexual excitation, which is then followed by orgasm. Find new ways to also stimulate your mind as well as your body. 


Floor masturbation is a form of sexual activity that may be pleasurable for some, but it can have potential long-term risks. While it can provide a safe outlet for sexual desires, it can also increase the risk of injuries and may also have negative impacts on sexual performance and cause side effects such as delayed ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, and even numbness or tingling sensations in the genitals. 

If you have any concerns about your sexual health or habits, it is advisable to seek medical advice in order to find all options available. They can provide personalized advice and guidance to help you make informed decisions. Remember to always prioritize your sexual health and well-being.

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