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Masturbation

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Masturbation means rubbing and stroking your genitals for sexual pleasure, sometimes to the point of orgasm. It is sometimes known as wanking.

What kind of people masturbate?

People of all ages masturbate, even small children, and it’s often the first sexual experience we have.

When we go through puberty we generally start thinking about and experimenting with sex and sexual relationships. Masturbation can be part of this process of learning more about sex.

It's part of the body's way of getting ready for sex.

Masturbation is completely natural and normal – it is a good way of getting to know your body.

Some people think that masturbation is just for men, but it is actually something that both men and women do.

How do you do it?

There is no right or wrong way to masturbate. Usually, men masturbate by rubbing their penis and women masturbate by stroking the clitoris and vaginal area.

It doesn’t matter how often you do it either.

It’s also okay if you are not interested in masturbating.

Is masturbation bad for you?

In a word, NO.

People often make jokes about masturbation and it can be something that people feel embarrassed and worried about.

It’s also common for people to worry that masturbating could be bad for their health and it’s really important to know that this is not true.

Masturbation is harmless and causes absolutely no mental or physical damage - it is not something you need to feel guilty or ashamed about.

In fact, because masturbation helps you to get to know your own body, explore fantasies and release tension, it may help you feel more confident and comfortable when you do have a sexual relationship.

It can also give you the opportunity to explore using lube and sex toys and can be a good time to practice using condoms.

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This article was last reviewed on 1/12/2015 by Anna Peters

Date due for the next review: 1/12/2018

Content Author: Allison Macbeth

Current Owner: Health Promotion

More information:

Masturbation. Brook

Masturbation Q&A. NHS Choices. 2015

Sex unzipped. University College London. 2010


 

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