Masturbation is the sexual stimulation of one's own genitals for sexual arousal or other sexual pleasure, usually to the point of orgasm. Masturbation is frequent in both sexes and at any age. Various medical and psychological benefits have been attributed to a healthy attitude toward sexual activity in general and to masturbation in particular. No causal relationship is known between masturbation and any form of mental or physical disorder.
We've all heard from enlightened aunts and progressive sex-ed teachers that masturbation is natural and healthy and improves blood flow and body confidence. Yet self-pleasure tends to decrease with age: Enjoying intimate time with yourself is a great way to keep up with what turns you on. Taking matters into your own hands is also extraordinarily efficient: 65 percent of heterosexual women and 86 percent of lesbians usually or always achieve orgasm with a partner, compared with a whopping 95 percent of women who go DIY. The boost in self-image can add a glow to your relationship, and staying in touch with your changing needs and desires can help you better communicate with your lover—or simply take some of the pressure off him or her to be your everything. Here, four tips to help you love yourself a little bit better. If the idea of self-love still makes you self-conscious, check out OMGyes.