All About Masturbation
Sex surveys find that almost all people, of all ages, masturbate. Stimulating one's own genitals, often to the point of orgasm, can relieve sexual tension, reduce stress, induce pleasure, enhance sexual satisfaction with intimate partners, and promote rest and relaxation. Even young children, as they learn to explore their bodies, have been known to masturbate.
Although masturbation may conflict with some religious or cultural teachings, solo sex rarely has negative consequences. However, excessive masturbation has been associated with more serious issues. If frequent masturbation interferes with work, relationships, or other aspects of everyday life, there may be a problem that could benefit from the help of a medical or mental health professional.