Ask The Batemaster: Prolonged Masturbation (AKA Edging)

There is no medical evidence that edging, or masturbating for prolonged intervals without ejaculation is harmful…

Ask The Batemaster LogoQUESTION: Is edging dangerous? I like to go several days without cumming and enjoy bating for an hour or more at a time. Is it unhealthy to build up cum without releasing it?

RESPONSE: Though I have discussed this subject before (check out Ask The Batemaster: Edging & Sexual Health), it is an important one. Many years ago, early in my male masturbation activism, I was hired to write columns for an educational site called JackinWorld (dot) com, which then served a good purpose. It’s still there and provides healthy sex education. However, it has none of the hot photos, videos, and chat that BW provides.

Using the name “Bruce McFarland” (before I began to proudly use my actual birth name) I wrote many columns for JW, and was well paid. But we had to follow certain guidelines for language and content, because the site is aimed at all ages from young boys to elderly men. Until about half way through my years there, I was never allowed to encourage edging, or to say you need not ejaculate every time you masturbate. At that time, long ago, it was believed you definitely should ejaculate every time you masturbate or have sex, in order to avoid health problems.

I am not a doctor and cannot give medical advice. Still, I study all these matters in depth, as well as having my own intense practice now of what is called semen retention. The early hysteria that not ejaculating would cause prostate cancer, or prostate problems is far from being proven. The evidence cited back then, is out-of-date, and no longer considered conclusive.

There is no medical evidence that edging, or masturbating for prolonged intervals without ejaculation is harmful, in fact there is not much medical or scientific evidence that I know of on this matter, at all. I wish there was! I’d love to see brain scans and long-term studies of serious edgers. At the same time, I know many men who choose not to ejaculate very often, in order to feel more erotically charged most of the time, to feel more energetic, and ready for erotic play at almost any time.

I am in this camp myself, and men who watch my videos are sometimes puzzled or disappointed that they so seldom see me ejaculate. I do ejaculate sometimes, but less and less often as I get older. But I do not masturbate less, on the contrary, though is comes and goes to some extent how much time I spend, I definitely enjoy some self-pleasure daily. Often I have many dry orgasms in a session. The key is to slow down and keep all your pelvic muscles relaxed.

In my opinion, you are more likely to cause health problems with the prostate by simply not enjoying enough erotic stimulation. Sometimes men just get too busy and distracted to masturbate or enjoy sex very often. When you do enjoy a lot of penis pleasure, but don’t ejaculate, be sure to relax in the afterglow. Your body does not mind at all re-absorbing any excess semen and its components that you have generated.

Edging is its own reward, as most men on Bateworld know. Keep refining your masturbation skills; enjoy ejaculation when you really feel the need, but edging can take you places no quickie session, or a frequent ejaculation habit can take you to.

That place quite close to the edge, but seldom over it is where I choose to live much of my own life, and I consider it Heaven on Earth.

The Bate Master - Bruce P. GretherBRUCE P. GRETHER is the “BateMaster”. Mr. Grether’s lifelong love of penises and masturbation has led him to achieve a level of mastery and understanding of masturbation that is at once unique and extremely rare. He is renowned for both his ability to achieve seemingly endless states of prolonged and intense masturbatory pleasure as well as his skill in passing this knowledge on to his students. Mr. Grether has made it his life’s mission to encourage men to take their practice of masturbation to new levels of personal enrichment and self-discovery.

Mr. Grether is a globally recognized masturbation activist, an accomplished masturbation coach, and a tireless facilitator of masturbation workshops. In 2001 he coined the now popular term “Mindful Masturbation”. He is the author of a best-selling book, The Secret of the Golden Phallus, plus the erotic fantasy novels The Moontusk Chronicles. His website can be found at

A note from The Batemaster: I’m honored that the guys at Bateworld have asked me to respond to some questions from male masturbators around the world every week.

Always check with your doctor about any issues you might be experiencing with your sexual organs. Prompt diagnosis and treatment are important. This article’s purpose is to inform and entertain readers and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment.

10 replies
  1. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    The beauty of self-pleasuring… It can be done whichever way you enjoy it. I’ve chatted with a number of bators who prefer/enjoy not cumming. And with our curious sexual nature we might wonder gosh if I never cum maybe my pipes will clog up with backed up semen or something. I’m guessing by natures design – mother nature urges us the best she can to finish our deed down there – to sow our seeds. And many of us discover the amazing pleasures we can give ourselves getting on edge & then “riding it” for as long as we want. For me (and my needs) I always want and do cum. Well, daily actually. But then again the idea of dry orgasms is intriguing as well.
    Bruce P. Grether

  2. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    I have found extreme pleasure in edging and not ejaculating.
    However I like to keep things fresh and ejaculate every two or three times after edging….usually I edge for an hour or more sometimes 3 or 4 hours. ..just about every day.
    I am retired now and am happy to have more time to enjoy my penis.

    • Bruce P. Grether
      Bruce P. Grether says:

      That’s great! Every man needs to find out what works best for him. There’s certainly no formula, or dogma. I do know that many men will not discover the incredible high plateaus you can ascend to unless you learn to make ejaculation a choice, and try NOT ejaculating for some days, or even weeks, or even months… –

  3. Adam
    Adam says:

    I read all of Bruce’s articles i am glad that BW chose him to write “ask the batemaster”! I too and a practicing semen retainer who chooses to edge for long periods of time and NOT ejaculate! Thanks Bruce for the affirmation!

    • cernunnos7
      cernunnos7 says:

      Bruce is a valuable partner to BateWorld. We couldn’t be happier that he continues to volunteer his time and talent to this column!

    • Bruce P. Grether
      Bruce P. Grether says:

      You are most welcome, Brother! I know who you are: among the most diligent semen retainers I know! Thanks for your kind words.

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