Masturbation has gotten a bad rap.

For centuries it’s been vilified as an evil act, a sinful act depending on your religion, and will “make you go blind” according to your mom.

So what’s the real deal? Is it okay to masturbate? Is it healthy?

We did some research and got some really interesting answers.

First- Let’s define masturbation

I have a feeling you already know this but let’s just set the record straight and agree on a single definition for the sake of this article.

According to WebMD:

Masturbation is the self-stimulation of the genitals to achieve sexual arousal and pleasure, usually to the point of orgasm (sexual climax). It is commonly done by touching, stroking, or massaging the penis or clitoris until an orgasm is achieved. Some women also use stimulation of the vagina to masturbate or use “sex toys,” such as a vibrator.

Do women masturbate as much as men?

There are lots of theories on this! I couldn’t find a definitive answer but according to a new study in the Journal of Sex Research most women report masturbating at least once a week.

An article in Women’s Health reported that ALL women masturbate!

All women masturbate—at least, in this sample. All 20 of the women reported that they had masturbated at least once in their lives, though their answers ranged from just a few times ever to at least once a day.

So it masturbation healthy or not?

The best answer I found on this question was from the team a Columbia University that runs the Go Ask Alice website. By the way- I love this site and recommend you check them out!

The Go Ask Alice! site is supported by a team of Columbia University health promotion specialists, health care providers, and other health professionals, along with a staff of information and research specialists and writers. Their team members have advanced degrees in public health, health education, medicine, counseling, and a number of other relevant fields.

Masturbation is a healthy (and normal) sexual activity that people of any gender may enjoy. In fact, masturbation can be healthy in a number of different ways: physically, mentally, and emotionally. Masturbation can also be a healthy addition to solo, partnered, or group sexual encounters.

So it seems that a lot of research has been done this and the overall conclusion is that yes, masturbating has many health benefits including:

  • Relieving stress and releasing tension (including the obvious, sexualtension)
  • Providing a sexual outlet for people who are not having sex with a partner (whether by choice or by circumstance)
  • Alleviating pre-menstrual symptoms in some women
  • Helping to induce sleep, or conversely, helping to start the day with an energized calm
  • Strengthening muscle tone in the genital region
  • Promoting a couple’s’ level of sexual satisfaction in their relationship
  • Providing treatment for some types of sexual dysfunction

Read more at Go Ask Alice.

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Masturbation has gotten a bad rap. For centuries it’s been vilified as an evil act, a sinful act depending on your religion, and will “make you go blind” according to your mom. So what’s the real deal? Is it okay to masturbate? Is it healthy? We did some research and got some...