Masturbation is the sexual stimulation of the genitals, usually to the point of
orgasm. The stimulation can be performed manually, by use of objects or tools,
or by some combination of these methods. Masturbation is a common form of
autoeroticism, providing sexual pleasure or orgasm in the absence of a partner.
The act, when performed with a partner, is called mutual masturbation and is
sometimes used as an alternative to sexual intercourse.
Men and women have
techniques and characteristics in common, but also have specific preferences in
the ways they like to masturbate. Studies have found that masturbation is
frequent in humans of both sexes and all ages, although there is variation.
Various medical and psychological benefits have been attributed to a healthy
attitude to sex in general and to masturbation in particular, and no causal
relationship is known between masturbation and any form of mental or physical
Ways of masturbating common to members of both sexes include pressing or rubbing
the genital area, either with the fingers or against an object such as a pillow;
inserting fingers or an object into the anus; and stimulating the penis or vulva
with electric vibrators, which may also be inserted into the vagina or anus.
Members of both sexes may also enjoy touching, rubbing, or pinching the nipples
or other erogenous zones while masturbating. Both sexes sometimes apply
lubricating substances to intensify sensation.
Female masturbation techniques include a woman stroking or rubbing her vulva,
especially her clitoris, with her index and/or middle fingers.
The most common male masturbation technique is simply to hold the penis with a
loose fist and then to move the hand up and down the shaft
Frequency, age, and sex
Frequency of masturbation is determined by many factors, e.g., one's
resistance to sexual tension, hormone levels influencing sexual arousal, sexual
habits, peer influences, health and one's attitude.
Different studies have found that masturbation is frequent in humans. Alfred
Kinsey's 1950s studies on US population have shown that 92% of men and 62% of
women have masturbated during their lifespan. Similar results have been found in
a 2007 British national probability survey. It was found that, between
individuals aged 16 to 44, 95% of men and 71% of women masturbated at some point
in their lives. 73% of men and 37% of women reported masturbating in the four
weeks before their interview, while 53% of men and 18% of women reported
masturbating in the previous seven days.
Effects of Excessive Masturbation
Due to excessive practice of Masturbation may result in less sperm count. Due to
regular practice, you ejaculate more semen result in low sperm and semen
quality, which develops weakness in sexual arousal, erection, hardness and
Those who insert objects as aid to masturbation risk them becoming stuck (e.g.
as Rectal foreign bodies). Men and women can fall prey to this problem.
Both sex and masturbation lower blood pressure. A small study demonstrated lower
blood pressure in persons who had recently masturbated compared to those with no
proximate sexual activity