Masturbation is done by almost everybody. It is normal and a common behaviour. Masturbation is the easiest way to satisfy yourself if you do not have a partner. So, even if you are single you can spice up your life by masturbating. Masturbation is a normal part of growing up. For most of us, it is our first sexual act. According to a study, around 95 per cent men and 89 per cent women said that they have masturbated. The frequency of masturbation is normally the highest during teenage years. Many continue to masturbate throughout their lives. There are many myths about masturbation and they may make you feel guilty, uncomfortable and shame. So let’s start with getting the facts right about masturbation.

What is masturbation?

Masturbation can be defined as stimulation of your own genitals for sexual pleasure. This means touching your body and stimulating your genitals with your fingers, hands or other things like a vibrator for sexual arousal. The stimulation usually leads to orgasm. Masturbation is the safest and most common way to get sexual satisfaction. The slang terms for masturbation are jerking off, jacking off and self-love. Both men and women of all ages indulge in this activity. Even children explore their body and begin masturbating as they grow up. Children should be taught that masturbation is normal and doesn’t cause any harm to their body. You can also enjoy mutual masturbation with your partner. Masturbation with your partner or in private is healthy and normal practice. People masturbate to achieve sexual pleasure, relieve sexual tension, for sexual satisfaction when partners are not available.

How to masturbate?

Is masturbation harmful or good?

People masturbate differently, but usually it involves touching, massaging or rubbing your own genitalia. Fingers are usually used for stimulation. However, objects like a pillow can be used innovatively.  Men masturbate by stimulating penis, anus, perineum or scrotum. The nerve endings at these areas create erogenous zones. Touching these areas will give you pleasure. Women masturbate by rubbing, touching or massaging genital area. Ladies, you can also touch other erogenous zones like nipples, thighs and breasts. Women can also insert fingers into their vagina. Lubricants can be used during masturbation to intensify the pleasure sensation. Both men and women can use sex toys or porn or erotic literature during masturbation for more pleasure. Sexual fantasies will also help you to add excitement to the act.

Is masturbation harmful?

Is masturbation harmful or good?

Masturbation is a normal, healthy way to relieve sexual tension and does not have any side effects. It is a normal part of life. However, excessive masturbation will have a negative effect on your life. Here are some of the facts about masturbating:

  • It will not make you gay
  • It will not cause hair growth on your palms
  • It will not make you blind
  • It will not stunt growth
  • It does not cause infertility
  • It does not have any side effects, harmful effects or injury
  • It will not cause any mental illness
  • It will not lead to any change in your sex organs

Masturbating few times a week is normal but going at it several times a day daily is categorised as excessive masturbation. It will interfere with your daily routine and social life.

Are there any benefits of masturbation?

Is masturbation harmful or good?

Masturbation is considered to be good for your physical and mental health. Here are some of the health benefits of indulging in masturbation:

  • It releases sexual tension
  • It creates sense of well-being
  • It improves sexual relationship
  • It provides sexual pleasure for singles
  • It helps you to understand how to stimulate your partner
  • Decrease stress
  • Improves body image
  • Helps you to get good sleep
  • For women, masturbating during menstruation will help in relieving menstrual cramps