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Do not let this get you down, God does call sinners to religious life (remember the Apostles ;)) Pray and ask the Lord for help fighting these temptations (praying a Hail Mary when you feel the urge also works). If you were not expected to sin, you would not be human and you don't have to be perfect in order to seek out your vocation. Don't get discouraged, keep on discerning but instead trust that God is with you and will help you along your journey.
Truth in this; however, I would be discussing it with my spiritual director and/or in Confession in connection with a potential vocation. In discerning a religious vocation, one needs to exhibit that one has the capacity to keep the vows of religious life, i.e. the evangelical counsels, of poverty, chastity and obedience and masturbation is a serious disordering of chastity. And if God is calling one to religious life, then He* will* provide what is necessary. If you are discussing it with your spiritual director, then be guided by him or her and try not to second guess unless you have reason to doubt your director and then it is probably time to look for another - or at very least to discuss your doubts with your director honestly.
2352 By *masturbation *is to be understood the deliberate stimulation of the genital organs in order to derive sexual pleasure. "Both the Magisterium of the Church, in the course of a constant tradition, and the moral sense of the faithful have been in no doubt and have firmly maintained that masturbation is an intrinsically and gravely disordered action." "The deliberate use of the sexual faculty, for whatever reason, outside of marriage is essentially contrary to its purpose." For here sexual pleasure is sought outside of "the sexual relationship which is demanded by the moral order and in which the total meaning of mutual self-giving and human procreation in the context of true love is achieved."
To form an equitable judgment about the subjects' moral responsibility and to guide pastoral action, one must take into account the affective immaturity, force of acquired habit, conditions of anxiety or other psychological or social factors that lessen, if not even reduce to a minimum, moral culpability.
To be tempted against Chastity is one matter, to consistently and regularly (should this indeed be the case) fail in Chastity is another matter and as the CCC states, there could be affective immaturity, acquired habit, anxiety or some otherpsychological or social factors involved. Whether God is calling you to religious life or not, it is a matter that needs to be addressed by spiritual direction if it is indeed regular and consistent failure.
Don't get discouraged, keep on discerning but instead trust that God is with you and will help you along your journey
I really underscore the above. Do not be discouraged, but do address the matter and in connection with a potential vocation with a spiritual director and/or in Confession. Be assured that God does indeed call sinners to religious life, since we are all sinners without exemption. You are on a journey of discernment re religious life and chastity is one of the vows to God, hence the matters must be addressed.