Hello everyone, I thought it would be a good idea to share with you my story with fapping and the detrimental effects of it (in my experience). I started fapping when I was like 13 or 14 years old, basically since I hit puberty. It was a new thing to me and it was very enjoyable. I felt like I was experiencing the best time of my life. Orgasm was the only fun part in my life at that time. I had no friends, was struggling with my studies and family problems. The "friends" I had at that time were never supportive, they were enemies. I discovered porn first using social media networks (Facebook mainly) and then switched to other websites. The worse thing about it is that as soon as I started masturbating, my life changed to the worst. My performance at school became very bad and my parents were always angry at me. That's why I kept masturbating because it was as I said the only pleasurable moment in my life at that time. After that I kept doing it, done all the stuff you could imagine doing to pleasure yourself from edging to using fleshlights... . After 6 or 7 years now, here I am regretting every single thing I did. And I was very unlucky to not discover nofap at that time, it would've saved me. I have developed a bilateral varicocele (don't know if it's because of pmo but yeah), I have urethera problems, probably some prostate inflammation or enlargement too and reduced eyesight. I'm also skinny and can't gain muscle mass which I think is due to low testosterone. I can support everything but the varicocele, it's very uncomfortable having it. I thought if I shared my story in this community at least it would help some people and make them think twice before masturbating. Trust me this thing will ruin your life. Everyday I regret doing it and I wish someone told me that it would affect my general health this bad. I continued doing it because I thought, well everyone does it, if it was that bad everyone would've been sick and unhealthy. Let me tell you, you do not know about people's lifes, and you would never know what they're hiding. Masturbation may be affecting them but they wouldn't share it with people because it's not something everyone would love to talk about. But now, thankfully there's NoFap and a lot of info on the internet and experiences of people with this. I wish I knew about this earlier like fr. The good thing is that I'm never doing it again. I'm aiming for a life without PMO. Im now past my 30day mark and I feel better than when I was fapping. Life is enjoyable without orgasms. People today are sick, everyone thinks about sex and masturbation only, and I think it's because of the amount of porn produced now and how the porn industry expanded and became bigger than ever. You WILL enjoy life without masturbation or orgasms, and trust me you will live an amazing life if you don't focus on sexual things a lot. Life is maybe not worth living but it's worth a try. Wish this will help someone someday.