This month we celebrate National Masturbation Month. While society has traditionally stigmatized female masturbation, it's incredibly valuable and is an important form of self-love. And, masturbation has a plethora of psychological and physical health benefits. As Dr. Lauren Streicher , an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University and author of Sex Rx: Hormones Health And Your Best Sex Ever , tells Bustle, masturbation can do wonders for your well-being: It can help you sleep, ease body aches, relieve stress, and orgasms release the endorphins oxytocin and dopamine, which helps induce a natural high. Emotionally, Masturbation puts you in a mental space that is conducive to the optimal flowing of your sexual energy.
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Pleasuring yourself is not always as simple as it sounds Learn these ways to make your solo experience unforgettable. I remember the first time I experienced the fun of masturbating. It was in the shower and the feeling of the warm water running all my body made me feel good. When I focused on that special spot, I experienced something that I found it difficult to describe. The best word I can use to describe it is awkward.
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Adult content and themes might not be your jam — bail now if that's the case. How much time do you spend with yourself? How much erotic time do you spend with yourself? Do you feel weird or ashamed about getting sexy with yourself? I'm asking because the stats tell us women aren't pleasuring themselves as often as menfolk do.
The time has come for women to close the orgasm gap. Research shows that straight women statistically get off less than any other demographic, including lesbians. Clitoral stimulation is a must for 36 percent of women, according to a recent Indiana University study conducted in partnership with OMGYes. See what they had to say below. Responses have been edited and condensed for clarity. I own a really nice Rabbit, but I find myself just turning to my hand whenever I need to. Once I realized that my sexual happiness was a turn-on for my partners too, I started involving myself during penetrative sex. With masturbation, I usually prefer a vibrator, with or without vaginal penetration, or with my hand. My wish list?