Masturbation, or self-pleasuring, is touching and rubbing parts of your body for sexual pleasure, such as the penis, clitoris, vulva and breasts. It is a normal and healthy way for people to explore their own bodies and find out what feels good, where and how they like to be touched and how to achieve an orgasm.
Some people think that only people without partners masturbate, but most people with regular partners still masturbate throughout their adult life. Masturbation can also happen between two people (mutual masturbation), which can be a very intimate experience.
Masturbation is a normal behaviour that is seen at all ages, from childhood, through the teen years and into adulthood. Even though it is normal, some people feel ashamed or embarrassed about masturbation, partly because of out-dated myths (e.g. that masturbation is harmful).
Sexual health benefits of masturbation
Some of the known sexual health benefits of masturbation include the following:
It is a safer form of sex that carries no risk of sexually transmissible infection or unplanned pregnancy.
It releases sexual tension and lets people explore their sexuality by themselves.
It may suit those who do not have a partner, are not having sex with their partner or are abstaining from sex.
Being familiar with your own sexual responses helps you to communicate your wants and needs to your partner.
Masturbation is a common treatment for sexual dysfunction. For example, women who do not reach orgasm can learn how to by masturbating and men who experience premature ejaculation can use masturbation to learn control.
General health benefits of masturbation:
Some of the general health benefits of masturbation may include that it:
relaxes your muscles
helps you to fall asleep
promotes the release of the brain’s opioid-like neurotransmitters (called endorphins), which cause feelings of physical and mental wellbeing
Myths about masturbation:
Masturbation has been wrongly blamed for a range of health problems, including:
mental health issues
reduced sexual function.
Frequency of masturbation:
A common concern, especially among young people, is the frequency of masturbation. ‘Normal’ ranges from several times a day, week or month to not masturbating at all. How often a person masturbates is not a problem, unless it is linked to an obsessive compulsive disorder where the same activity must be repeated over and over.
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