Masturbation involves self-stimulating the genitals in order to achieve pleasure and arousal usually until an orgasm is reached. Commonly, masturbation is carried out by stroking, touching, or massaging the genitals. When the need arises, tools like sex toys may also be used to intensify stimulation. While masturbation is a taboo topic in many circles, it is an act done by a lot of people, prevalent in both men and women. Some studies even support that, noting that 95% of men and 89% of women have admitted to masturbating.

It’s funny that a lot of people don’t want to talk about masturbation considering it is the first of the sexual experiences that most men and women will have. Young children normally turn to masturbation as a means of exploring their body, and with the realization that certain areas can provide a lot of pleasure, many persist well into their adulthood.
But more than simply feeling good, masturbation actually has benefits. For starters, it’s a good way to relieve sexual tension that builds up over time for those who either don’t have partners or have unavailable partners. It is also a good alternative to sexual intercourse in situations where pregnancy is to be avoided or risks of spreading sexually transmitted diseases are present. For those experiencing sexual dysfunction, touching yourself is commonly prescribed by sex therapists to help remedy the problem.

Masturbation was once considered to be a perversion, even hinting on a mental problem, but it is now seen as a normal and healthy sexual activity that is not only pleasurable and fulfilling but acceptable and safe as well. It is not true that masturbating will make you go blind. There is only something wrong with masturbation when the act gets in the way of your daily activities and disrupts sexual activity with your partner.

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