As a sexual health nurse, a lot of people tell me they wish they could have more sex, more often… But without getting an STI or becoming pregnant. Sound appealing? Well, there’s a way! It’s 100% risk free and is available anytime, regardless of whether you have a partner around. What is this super sex secret I hear you ask? Brushing the beaver, stroking the salami, flicking the bean, jerking off, spank bank, have a wank, jerk the gherkin. Yes that’s right, masturbation.
Masturbation is when a person touches or stimulates parts of their own body for sexual pleasure.
It’s natural, harmless, and a normal behaviour for guys and girls. Many myths have evolved around masturbation. Masturbation is rumoured to do all sorts of bad things, from sending you blind, putting hair on the palms of your hands, to even decreasing your future sexual performance. But, research has shown that none of this is true.
Masturbation is actually good for you and can have health benefits.
Almost all guys and roughly 85% of girls have tried masturbating at some point in their lives. But if you were to ask your friends if they “go solo” many may deny it. This is due to masturbation not always being socially accepted.
Masturbation is a free, fun, and healthy part of life. It’s a safe, natural way to explore your body and discover what you enjoy and what feels good. It’s also a great way to get some practice in. If you can show your partner what you like and they can show you what they like this will usually lead to two very happy people. What a way to improve your sex life!
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