What is masturbation?
Masturbation means touching your genitals
for physical pleasure. Masturbation is very common. Most boys and girls masturbate
regularly as they become sexually mature. Masturbation can give a person some
release from the tension of sexual urges without all the problems that come
with sexual intercourse, such as the risk of sexually transmitted diseases and
Masturbation is a way of getting to know your sexual self. Because you do it
alone, you don't need to feel embarrassed or anxious about how your body responds
to sexual stimulation. You can get to know how your body feels when it's aroused
and when you have an orgasm. Masturbation will help you learn about your body's
likes and dislikes during sex. It's also risk-free because you can't catch any
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What happens during masturbation?
Girls and women usually masturbate by touching or stroking the clitoris and
the labia. Some girls keep their fingers outside the vagina. Others put their
fingers inside. Some girls masturbate in their beds, some do it in the shower.
You can really do it anywhere and any way. It's up to you and what feels good.
Even though it's small, your clitoris
plays a big part in masturbation. It contains a lot of nerve endings that
get excited as you touch them. Many girls find that touching and rubbing the
clitoris gets them aroused. After a while, all the excitement that builds up
in your body gets released in an orgasm
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Is masturbation normal?
Masturbation is normal and common. Over 90% of girls and boys, women and men
masturbate at some point in their lives. Even though masturbation is discouraged
by some people and some religious traditions, there's no evidence that it's
harmful in any way.
Masturbation can often make people feel strange, or like they're doing something
shameful, because they have a lot of different beliefs and ideas about it. But
you don't have to be ashamed of masturbation. It's a normal and natural way
to get to know your body better. back to top
Do girls really masturbate?
Even though boys tend to make a bigger deal of masturbating, girls definitely
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Will something bad happen to me if I masturbate?
You've probably heard lots of rumors that masturbation can make you go blind,
or get sick, or grow hair on your palms. You might have even heard that if you
masturbate, you're no longer a virgin, or that you're perverted. None of these
rumors are true. Nothing bad will happen to you if you masturbate. You're not
sick or strange or weird. back to top
Can you masturbate too much?
Usually, there's no way a person can masturbate too much. But, like most things,
masturbation should be in balance with all the other things you do in your life.
If it starts to interfere with your normal, daily activities, you might want
to talk to your health professional about it. back to top