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Packed with everything you want to know about masturbation but were afraid to ask in sex ed! Learn how men and women masturbate, uncover the benefits as well as the side-effects of masturbation, and get the answers to common questions, such as "Is masturbation normal?" and "Is masturbation healthy?" And much more!

How to Masturbate: A Hands-On Guide

Whether you spank the monkey or rub the little man in the boat, this helpful guide delivers a detailed overview about everyone's favorite hands-on activity: masturbation.

If you want to know the answers to common questions such as "Is masturbation healthy?" or "Does masturbation have any side effects?," this guide delivers. You can also find out about the many benefits of masturbation as well as fun facts that you probably didn't know. Last, but not least, men and women alike can learn how to masturbate!

Without further ado, Adam & Eve is proud to present our How to Masturbate Guide. And we wish you many fun and enjoyable nights to come... just remember to give your poor hand a break every now and then!

What is Masturbation?

To put it simply, masturbation is touching yourself for the purposes of sexual pleasure. Masturbation can be something you do by yourself with the door shut or it could be something you do in front of your partner as part of foreplay.

Male masturbation commonly involves penis stroking, but it can also include playing with balls or even teasing a sensitive erogenous zone such as the prostate.

Female masturbation is a little more complicated. It might be as simple as rubbing the clit and nipples. It might involve inserting a finger (or two or three) inside the vagina. Or it could be a combo of all those actions plus more!

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What are the Benefits of Masturbation?

Men and women masturbate mostly because it just feels good and orgasms feel even better. Aside from the pleasure that comes from masturbating, there are a few other noteworthy benefits. Masturbation enhances your self-esteem by helping you become more in tune with your body and improving your body image.

Masturbation relieves stress by flooding your body with mood-enhancing endorphins for a natural high. Masturbating regularly even improves your health and well-being. Male masturbation can help prevent prostate cancer, while female masturbation can alleviate some menstrual pain by helping with cramps. And rubbing one out before bed can make it easier for both men and women to fall asleep and lead to a more restful night.

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Are There Any Side Effects to Masturbation?

When done in moderate amounts, masturbation does not have harmful side effects. There’s absolutely 0% chance of you going blind or growing hairy palms after masturbating. "The most common side effect of masturbation is a deep sense of relaxation and rejuvenation!" said Dr. Jenni, Adam & Eve's resident sexpert.

It’s a different story if you masturbate excessively, i.e. multiple times a day for an extended period of time. Frequent masturbation can make you feel tired. But you’d feel tired if you were having sex multiple times a day too!

Chronic male masturbation can reduce your sensitivity, making it more difficult for you to have an orgasm with a partner – especially if you use the same technique over and over again. Female masturbation, on the other hand, is completely side-effect free.

It is possible for both men and women to become addicted to masturbation. However, that’s caused primarily by psychological factors – the same ones that lead to other addictions like gambling or drug abuse – and not due to masturbation itself.

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How to Masturbate for Men

Male masturbation is pretty straightforward. Apply a little lube or lotion to your hands and penis until they’re slippery. Then gently start rubbing your shaft while thinking sexy thoughts until you’re fully erect. Firmly grab the base of your shaft with your hand and then start moving it up and down your entire length. Squeeze it every now and then for additional stimulation. Keep on pumping and stroking until you finish – preferably on a small bit of toilet paper that you can flush away afterwards. While your imagination might be enough at first, it pays to have some “reading material” such as adult movies or sexy photos to help put you in the mood. As you become more familiar with masturbating and your body, you can experiment with different techniques to increase your pleasure even more.

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How to Masturbate for Women

Find a comfortable place like your bed and lie down. Apply a little lube to your finger and around your clit. Gently move your finger up and down to one side of your clit, while occasionally touching it directly. You can vary your technique some by moving your finger up and down your vagina or from side to side. For extra stimulation, you can change speeds and pressure as well.

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Common Masturbation Questions

Your friends at Adam & Eve get dozens of questions every day about sex. Here are the answers to some of your most popular masturbation questions from our resident experts and certified sex therapist Dr. Jenni Skyler.

1. Is masturbation healthy?

Masturbation is perfectly healthy. "We can explore our erogenous zones, experiment with our human sexual response (such as how our desire, arousal, and orgasm work), and explore the playground of our imagination and fantasies," Dr. Jenni said. Men and women have been masturbating before they learned how to make fire. If it was dangerous, we would have figured it out by now. Masturbation might not be something you talk about around the family dinner table, but it’s still a perfectly healthy part of life.

2. Is masturbation normal?

Masturbation is a perfectly normal activity. Even animals masturbation. And not just monkeys either. Elephants, bats and other species do it too! Odds are that everyone you meet during the day masturbates. It's essential to masturbate," Dr. Jenni said. "If we don't know about our own pleasure spots, how are we going to be able to tell a partner where to find them!"

3. Does masturbation cause acne?

No. Acne is caused entirely by clogged pores due to an excess of sebum, an oily substance used to protect your skin. This old wives’ tale was just a poor attempt to discourage masturbation.

4. Are there any benefits of not masturbating?

The main benefit of not masturbating is that you'll have a lot more time on your hands. And if you use battery-powered toys for masturbation, you'll potentially save some money as well. The next time you have an orgasm, it will feel more powerful simply because you haven't had one in a while. And depending on how long you go without masturbating, you'll also build up a lot of tension, stress, frustration and anger along the way. Any supposed benefits such as becoming more social or more attractive is total BS.

5. Is masturbation good for you?

Yes, masturbation is good for you. Your body parts are made to be used, and bad things happen if they're not used. Masturbation is even good for your sex life since it teaches you about your body and what you like during sex.

6. How much masturbation is too much?

There’s no hard and fast answer. If you find yourself cutting back on time with friends, so you can masturbate, you’re doing it too much. If you call in sick at work or make excuses so you can spend more time masturbating, you’re doing it too much. "You know it's too much when you recognize your behaviors are out of control," said Dr. Jenni.

7. How many calories does masturbation burn?

It depends on how active and how long you masturbate. On average, it’s about 60 - 90 calories per session. You can burn a lot more calories by jogging or running, which is why gyms use treadmills instead of vibrators.

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8. How often should you masturbate?

How often you masturbate depends on your current relationship status and your sex drive. Younger people might masturbate multiple times a day, while others might be content with a few times a week or even a month. You might also masturbate if you're not having sex with your partner as much as you'd like. Just don't let masturbation start dictating or controlling your life.

9. Can masturbation cause cancer?

Masturbation does not cause cancer. Cancer is caused by random cell mutations. Unless your masturbator or vibrator spent a few weeks in the core of a nuclear reactor, you don’t have to worry about getting cancer by masturbating.

10. Does masturbation make you weak?

A good orgasm might make you weak in the knees for a few seconds, but it doesn’t have a permanent impact on your overall strength. In fact, if you masturbate regularly, you might even build up some extra arm strength.

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