Masturbation is a common activity. It occurs among people of all backgrounds, genders, and races. However, excessive masturbation can harm your relationships and everyday life. Other than that, masturbation is a fun, normal, and healthy act. However, some people may feel guilty about masturbating or have issues with chronic masturbation. Some people may feel guilty about masturbating because of cultural, spiritual, or religious beliefs. If you feel guilty over masturbating, speak with someone you trust about why you feel this way and how you can move past that guilt.
Masturbation is a normal and healthy sexual activity with few side effects. Many bizarre claims surround masturbation, such as going blind, and most of these claims are untrue. Masturbation is when an individual stimulates their genitals for sexual pleasure, which may or may not lead to orgasm. Masturbation is common among men and women of all ages and plays a role in healthy sexual development. Research has found that among adolescents aged 14—17 years in the United States, around 74 percent of males and 48 percent of females masturbate.
Back to Sexual health. Masturbation is completely normal and extremely common. People of all ages masturbate and it's often the first sexual experience they have. Masturbation is when you get sexual pleasure from touching your genitals, usually with your hand. You can masturbate yourself or a partner. Masturbation usually leads to an orgasm.
Though many people still feel shame when it comes to masturbation — either in doing it, or in discussing it, or both — it's actually a very normal and healthy part of human sexuality. In addition to being a stress reliever, masturbation can also educate you on your preferences, your unique pleasure zones and the various strokes, pressures, sensations and masturbation techniques that you'll enjoy the most. Regardless of whether you engage in mutual masturbation with a partner or simply on your own, engaging in sexual self-pleasure is an activity that's highly recommended by countless sex experts, considering how it can make you more comfortable and tuned-in to your own sexuality, and if you're in one, the sexual aspect of your romantic relationship. As sex and relationship therapist Courtney Geter explains, "Masturbation is healthy in a number of ways. For the self, masturbation is a way to explore your body and sexual interests without the pressure of needing to 'perform' or please another person. This allows one to then share with a partner what sexually satisfies them, which can then improve communication and satisfaction in the relationship. When a partner is absent, masturbation also allows one to continue fulfilling sexual needs and desires. Finally, masturbation relieves stress and tension as well as improves our overall mood.