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…polishing your pearl, jerking off, rubbing it out… There are so many words and phrases for masturbation!  Whatever you call it, it’s a normal activity done by people of all cultures and ages.  There are many different benefits to masturbation, including physical, mental, and emotional ones.

Masturbation is not only a way to pleasure yourself, but also to learn more about your body.  It is an opportunity to explore and experiment about what turns you on, touches that arouse you, and the tempo or speed of caresses.  You can then communicate with a partner your sexual likes and dislikes to enhance a sexual relationship.  It also means you don’t have to rely on anyone to give you an orgasm, whether you are single or not ready to engage in sexual activity with someone.

Quite a lot of research has been done on masturbation.  Contrary to popular belief, it has been found to have various healthy outcomes, such as:

  • Relieving stress and tension
  • Providing a sexual outlet
  • Strengthening muscle tone in the pelvic area
  • Helping to induce sleep, or start the day with calm energy
  • Alleviating pre-menstrual symptoms for women
  • Providing treatment for some types of sexual dysfunction

While many guys often talk about masturbation, women often feel uncomfortable having this conversation.  Many young girls often think it is shameful and they should not engage in or admit to solo sex.  However, others have safety concerns and are afraid of “doing it wrong”.  Luckily, Scarleteen has tips and info on masturbating for the gals and guys.

This Sex Week, how about you show yourself a little love?  Maybe even buy yourself a present to help your pursuit in pleasure.  If you’re interested in incorporating some toys, there’s an Intro to Sex Toys that can point you in the right direction.