Despite what society and religion might have us believe, masturbation is not a bad thing. Masturbation is completely normal and can actually be good for you. Among other things, it can help relieve stress and it can help you experiment with what you like and don’t like in a totally safe way. But how exactly do you masturbate? Can you masturbate too much? Get all your masturbation questions here.

What is masturbation?
Masturbation, or “solo sex,” is the term for stimulating your own genitals for sexual pleasure. It may or may not result in orgasm.

Is masturbation bad?
No. Masturbation is not bad though society and/or religion oftentimes shame us for wanting or seeking sexual pleasure. Masturbation actually has health benefits such as reducing stress, helping you sleep better, and relieving menstrual cramps.

Is masturbation healthy?
Yes. Masturbation has health benefits such as reducing stress, helping you sleep better, and relieving menstrual cramps.

Does masturbation cause acne?

Does masturbation increase testosterone?
No. The research is still coming in, but it looks like masturbation has no effect on testosterone levels, or if it does, the effects are very minor and short term.

How to masturbate
If you have a clit, find your clit, then place one or two fingers on the clitoral hood over the clit and try rubbing in up-and-down or circle motions. If you have a penis, wrap your fist around your penis and stroke up and down with lube. Vary the pressure and speed to see what you like. You can also use sex toys to help you masturbate, watch porn, read or listen to erotica, or do other activities that turn you on.

How often should you masturbate?

As often as you want! You can’t masturbate “too much” and frequent masturbation is not unhealthy. As long as you’re not staying in bed all day and skipping school or work to do it you’re all good.

How to stop masturbating

Masturbation is healthy and normal. There’s no such thing as “too much” masturbation - as long as it’s not impacting your daily life negatively and you’re still able to fulfill everyday responsibilities, like getting out of the house, going to work, or attending school then your masturbation frequency is a-okay. If you are feeling out of control about masturbation or porn use, a doctor or counsellor may be able to offer advice.

How many calories does masturbating burn?

It depends. The more effort you put in the more exercise you’ll get! Typically masturbation involves less exertion than partnered sex, which is estimated to burn 70-100 calories.

Masturbation is normal, safe, and can be really fun. Don’t be afraid to try out new things when you masturbate as experimentation can help you figure out what works for you and what doesn’t. If you want, you can bring the things that work into partnered play. Overall, it’s just important to remember that masturbation is totally normal and even worth celebrating.