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

Asexuality Is a Sexual Orientation, Not a Sexual Dysfunction

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on September 05, 2016 in Living Single
A growing body of research suggests that asexuality is a sexual orientation and not a psychiatric condition or a disorder of sexual desire.

Pamela Anderson & Shmuley Boteach: "Porn is for Losers"

By Marty Klein PhD on September 05, 2016 in Sexual Intelligence
An anti-masturbation clergyman and a Baywatch actress join forces to promote a moral panic.

My Son Is Sexually Attracted to Me

By Barbara Greenberg Ph.D. on September 01, 2016 in The Teen Doctor
How to talk to your son about sexual feelings

How Common Are Sex-Related Injuries?

By David J Ley Ph.D. on July 24, 2016 in Women Who Stray
People often report sex-related injuries, from masturbation or vigorous passion. How common are these experiences, and are they evidence of people being "out of control"?

The Lies Lovers Tell Survey

Are you lying to your lover? Or are they lying to you? A recent study explores what we lie to our partners about and how often we do it.

Delayed Ejaculation Revisited

This is a condition that's often accompanied by anger and blame. Most couples approach it in the wrong way.

Should Women 'Expect' to Orgasm During Sex?

By James M Sherlock on May 09, 2016 in Great (Ape) Expectations
Worried you're not having enough orgasms? The science behind sexual satisfaction might surprise you

Orgasms: From Solo Sex to Partnered Sex

By Caitlin Cantor LCSW, CST on April 06, 2016 in Modern Sex
Can you orgasm when you masturbate, but not during partnered sex? Strengthening skills while masturbating can help you have orgasms during partnered sex too.

Struggling With Sex

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on April 04, 2016 in Minority Report
How can a 30-year-old man have erectile dysfunction? How much of this is related to his compulsive masturbation to pornography?

Teaching Girls the Truth About Sex

By Temma Ehrenfeld on March 23, 2016 in Open Gently
Girls are having far more sex than pleasure. New coming of age ceremonies could allow older women to talk candidly about orgasm.

Teens and Sex

By Sara Villanueva Ph.D. on February 11, 2016 in How to Parent a Teen
Afraid to discuss "the birds and the bees" with your teen? Here are a few tips.

Writing for Addiction Recovery

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on February 09, 2016 in Minority Report
If you're an addict & want to gain greater insight into your behaviors, triggers, and overall addictive tendencies, what do you do? Research shows journaling can aid in recovery.

An Unusual Response to a Sex Survey

By Paul Joannides Psy.D. on January 29, 2016 in As You Like It
From a man who likes having sex with women but is fascinated with penises, posts photos of his penis online daily, and is aroused by transgender porn and male genital torture.

Evidence Mounts: More Porn, LESS Sexual Assault

By Michael Castleman M.A. on January 14, 2016 in All About Sex
Several natural experiments show that as access to porn increases, rates of sexual assault DECLINE.

Saying Yes to Female Orgasm

By Stephen Snyder M.D. on January 12, 2016 in SexualityToday
The techniques each woman prefers are so specific that guessing will get you nowhere. A good reminder that sometimes the best way to find out what turns a woman on is just to ask.
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Five Strategies to Prevent a Sex Addiction Crisis at Work

Disaster! 6:13 p.m., manager Trisha Woodard stops into her vice president’s office for discussion, interrupting him looking at his iPhone and, well.... Save your company now!

The Khan Academy of the Cl*toris

Is your New Year's resolution - be better in bed? Do you wonder: How do I make her want to have sex more often? What makes a woman have an orgasm? How do I tell him what I like?

Sex Survey of the Week

By Paul Joannides Psy.D. on December 19, 2015 in As You Like It
When I first started having sex, I wish I knew how clumsy and awkward it would be

Losing my Erection

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on December 05, 2015 in Minority Report
Part of sexual addiction recovery for men is going to feel like they're "losing their erections". Part of it is allowing the body to reset to a healthier sexual baseline.

Shocking Sex Lives

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on December 03, 2015 in In Excess
There are many published case reports of autoerotic deaths of people who have died in strange sexual circumstances. This article looks at electrophilia (arousal from electricity).

Masturbation or "Master"-bation

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on December 02, 2015 in Minority Report
Clients in recovery from sex addiction invariably ask about masturbation. What is healthy or unhealthy? It can be very confusing, shaming, especially within Christian circles.

The Elephant in Sigmund Freud's Consulting Room

By Rebecca Coffey on November 17, 2015 in The Bejeezus Out of Me
Anna Freud may be Patient Zero in the on-gong debate about gay conversion therapy.

Are People More Interested in Sex Today Than Before?

By Paul Joannides Psy.D. on September 30, 2015 in As You Like It
Are you more interested in sex than your parents or grandparents were?
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Hypersexual Disorder Debates

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on September 24, 2015 in In Excess
Sex addiction appears to be a highly controversial area. Given that "gambling disorder" was reclassified from a disorder of impulse control to a behavioral addiction in the DSM-V, there is now no theoretical reason why other behavioral addictions can’t be added in years to come. So why wasn’t sex addiction included in the latest DSM-V?
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Will a Pink Pill Make Me Horny?

Will a Pink Pill Make Me Horny? It depends on what kind of sexual problem you are having. By Susan Kolod, Ph.D.

I Was On Ashley Madison

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on August 29, 2015 in Minority Report
You are on the Ashley Madison list and the pit of your stomach is churning. You may experience shortness of breath, dizziness, or loss of concentration. Your double life is over and exposed (at least to those who have the list) now you're wonder if you should double-down and continue to lie or face significant consequences for sharing the truth. But where do you start?

Masturbation: Will the Controversy Never Cease?

By Michael Castleman M.A. on June 15, 2015 in All About Sex
Not everyone masturbates, but if you do, it’s fine, even daily, even if you're happily coupled.

Redditor to Redditor

By Aqualus M Gordon Ph.D. on April 14, 2015 in My Brother's Keeper
Young men are finding new ways to reach out to each other and older generations for advice and mentorship.

In at the Sharp End

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on March 24, 2015 in In Excess
Belonophilia refers to the deriving of sexual pleasure and arousal from pins or needles. Although media stories relating to ‘needle fetishes’ appear to be relatively rare, clinical and medical case studies in the academic literature are almost non-existent. So, what do we know psychologically about this apparently rare sexual fetish?
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How to Explore Your Sexual Boundaries With Your Partner

By Vanessa Marin MA, MFT on March 23, 2015 in Wedded and Bedded
One of the best ways to prevent boredom and breathe new life into the bedroom is to explore your sexual boundaries together. Most couples don’t explicitly communicate their boundaries with each other, so a lot of couples don’t actually know where they stand on the behaviors and fantasies they feel comfortable experimenting with.