All About Masturbation

Even infants, as they learn to explore their bodies, have been known to pleasure seek through masturbation. Over time we learn to stimulate ourselves to reach sexual satisfaction. Read on to learn the latest thinking as well as how common it really is.

Recent posts on Masturbation

Mental Masturbation Deserves More Appreciation

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 30, 2017 in Ambigamy
We can't help but fantasize, often with great vision often with dangerous delusion. Since right or wrong, fantasy is our human birthright, we have to get good at it. Here's how.

Masturbation: Self-Abuse or Biological Necessity?

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on November 16, 2017 in How We Do It
Masturbation has slowly lost its evil reputation from previous centuries. Human studies and primate research both indicate that it brings benefits rather than health risks.

Close The Disconnect Between Women’s Self & Partner Pleasure

By Laurie Mintz Ph.D. on November 06, 2017 in Stress and Sex
To close the gendered orgasm gap in partnered sex we need to close another disconnect: the way women pleasure themselves alone and the way the receive pleasure with a partner.

How Sex Is Linked to Your Brain as You Age

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on October 26, 2017 in Cravings
Sexual activity and cognitive function are related in older adults.

A Brief History of Masturbation

By Neel Burton M.D. on October 25, 2017 in Hide and Seek
7 reasons to masturbate.

Porn Isn’t the Problem

By Ari Tuckman PsyD, MBA on October 25, 2017 in Sex Matters
Porn might spark disagreements, but usually the real problem has nothing to do with porn itself.

Agreeing About Porn

By Ari Tuckman PsyD, MBA on October 19, 2017 in Sex Matters
Despite all the controversy, most people use porn responsibly, but romantic partners still need to agree about how it fits into their sex life.

How to Discuss Sex With Your Children

By Michael Castleman M.A. on October 16, 2017 in All About Sex
Child and teen sex education resources contain misinformation and emphasize procreation over pleasure. Here's how to correct them.

What Counts as Sex?

By Nathan A Heflick Ph.D. on September 30, 2017 in The Big Questions
What counts as sex is shaped by our own sexual preferences.

6 Facts and Myths About Masturbation

While it may feel shameful to admit, everybody does it at some point in their lives.
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Masturbation: Do Boys Do “it” More and Better than Girls?

Gender equality is becoming more of a reality when it comes to masturbation, at least in Sweden, but there is a cluster of girls who prefer not to masturbate.

It's Not My Fault. The Millennial Answer to Everything!

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on August 09, 2017 in Motivate!
When things go awry, parents and leaders often cast blame, yet fail to take accountability for their decisions. Knowing why we shirk responsibility can lead to better outcomes.

Have Fun With Sexual Fantasies

By Ari Tuckman PsyD, MBA on July 21, 2017 in Sex Matters
Sexual fantasies are private experiences, but sharing them with your partner can ramp up the passion and increase your intimacy.

Pornography and Broken Relationships

People who view pornography are much more likely to experience a romantic relationship breakup. We look at research data supporting this expectation and discuss pivotal factors.

Performance Anxiety Is Often Transition Anxiety

By Michael Castleman M.A. on June 14, 2017 in All About Sex
Masturbation is easy, but partner sex is more challenging. When young lovers move from the former to the latter, their "performance anxiety" is often transition anxiety.

Men Masturbate to Make Up the Difference—But Women Don't

By Ari Tuckman PsyD, MBA on May 31, 2017 in Sex Matters
More data shows that men and women may masturbate for different reasons. Less sexually satisfied men masturbate more—but not women.

Is Porn Use Really Harmful to Relationships?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on May 29, 2017 in Talking Apes
New research on porn and relationships: Despite the strident claims that scientists have proven porn use is harmful to relationships, there is in fact no such evidence.

Masturbation and Marriage

By David J Ley Ph.D. on May 17, 2017 in Women Who Stray
Why do men and women masturbate within a relationship? Is it about more sex or not enough?

Government Criminalizes Sexual Fantasy

Erotic age role-play between adults is incredibly common. Unfortunately, prosecutors and juries think it's sick and dangerous.

Our Secret Life in Bathrooms

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on May 10, 2017 in Design on My Mind
The bathroom can conjure up images of birth, of the beginning, of water which we must cross, of water in which we may be purified: The bathroom of the hero/ine's journey.

Do People in Couples Have the Right to Masturbate?

Some coupled women object to their men masturbating, believing they should meet all their partners' sexual needs. But a marriage license confers no right to prohibit solo sex.

Boosting Low Sexual Desire

By Ari Tuckman PsyD, MBA on April 27, 2017 in Sex Matters
Reduced sexual desire is both common and reversible.

Hell Yes: The 7 Best Reasons for Masturbating

By Neel Burton M.D. on March 22, 2017 in Hide and Seek
The stigma surrounding masturbation has to stop.
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Do Asexuals Have Sexual Fantasies and Do They Masturbate?

There is a spectrum of asexuality with a variety of sex drives, attractions, fantasies, and masturbations.
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AASECT Releases Historic Position Statement on Sex Addiction

By Michael Aaron, Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in Standard Deviations
AASECT, the national sex therapy certifying organization releases a groundbreaking position statement about the sex addiction model.

Quadriplegic: How Does Sex Work?

Tiff's injury left her paralyzed in her legs, hands, and triceps. How does sex work under these conditions? Tiff explains.
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The Connection Between Ejaculation and Prostate Cancer

A controversial reverend in Ghana claims men are at risk of prostate cancer if they can't have sex with their wives 21 days per month. What does the science say?

Kids Need Porn Literacy

By Marty Klein Ph.D. on October 30, 2016 in Sexual Intelligence
Concerned that your children are accessing porn--and getting wrong ideas about sex? Help them develop Porn Literacy.

Online Pornography and Young Minds

By Shimi Kang M.D. on October 12, 2016 in The Dolphin Way
How pornography and sexual imagery may be affecting your kids, and what to do about it.

Childhood Sex Abuse: The Long, Hard Road to Sexual Healing

By Michael Castleman M.A. on October 03, 2016 in All About Sex
Myth: Child sex abuse ruins victims for life. Truth: Recovery is painful and may take years, but survivors CAN build fulfilling lives and loving, nurturing sexual relationships.