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Masturbation is touching one’s own body for sexual pleasure. A common way for a boy or man to masturbate is to stroke his penis up and down with his hand.  For a girl or woman, a common form of masturbation is to touch her clitoris or insert her fingers into her vagina. People may have sexual fantasies while they masturbate, and they usually masturbate until they have an orgasm.

Masturbation is one of the most common sexual activities. Men and women find out what they like sexually through masturbation. This can help them talk to their partners about what feels best during lovemaking.

Who masturbates?

People of all ages, races, ethnicities, cultures, genders, abilities, and sexual orientations masturbate.  If you choose not to masturbate, that’s okay too.  

Why masturbate?

People masturbate for many different reasons:

  • because it feels great and it’s free
  • to reduce stress
  • to learn more about their sexual responsiveness
  • to learn to love their bodies
  • to avoid unplanned pregnancy

Masturbation can be very satisfying because it is up to you to decide if or when you want to have an orgasm.


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Updated Nov 2, 2018