Masturbation is a common sexual practice with significant variations in reported incidence between men and women. The goal of this study was to explore a the age at initiation and frequency of masturbation, b the associations of masturbation with diverse variables, c the reported reasons for masturbating and associated emotions, and d the relation between frequency of masturbation and different sexual behavioral factors. Participants were 3, women who completed a web-based survey of previously pilot-tested items. The results reveal a high reported incidence of masturbation practices among this convenience sample of women. Masturbation behavior appears to be related to a greater sexual repertoire, more sexual fantasies, and greater reported ease in reaching sexual arousal and orgasm. Women reported many reasons for masturbation and a variety of direct and indirect techniques. A minority of women reported feeling shame and guilt associated with masturbation. Early masturbation experience might be beneficial to sexual arousal and orgasm in adulthood. Further, this study demonstrates that masturbation is a positive component in the structuring of female sexuality.
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Dear Mona, I masturbate eight times per week. Am I normal? Brandon, 31, New York. It needs to have been collected relatively recently, include an age and a gender breakdown, and preferably have been conducted in the United States. Buried in the page report are the masturbation habits of 2, men; of them, like you, were in their 30s. Worse still, only If you were a Brenda and not a Brandon, I would be even more surprised by your question: Only 1. If that bothers you, maybe you can find solace in the possibility that others are fibbing although the survey was submitted anonymously online, so does reduce the chances of that. She said:. Some people masturbate so often that it is cutting into their work time.
Melissa Kang does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Masturbating has always seemed to be acceptable for boys, but less commonly discussed among girls. Is it normal for girls to masturbate and are there any health consequences?