Ancient history[ edit ] There are depictions of male and female masturbation in prehistoric rock paintings around the world. Most early people seem to have connected human sexuality with abundance in nature. A clay figurine of the 4th millennium BC from a temple site on the island of Malta , depicts a woman masturbating. From the earliest records, the ancient Sumerians had very relaxed attitudes toward sex.
Sexual health - Sexual health basics Summary Masturbation is a safer form of sex that carries no risk of sexually transmissible infection or unplanned pregnancy. Being familiar with your own sexual responses helps you to communicate your wants and needs to your partner. Masturbation, or self-pleasuring, is touching and rubbing parts of your body for sexual pleasure, such as the penis, clitoris, vulva and breasts. It is a normal and healthy way for people to explore their own bodies and find out what feels good, where and how they like to be touched and how to achieve an orgasm. Some people think that only people without partners masturbate, but most people with regular partners still masturbate throughout their adult life. Masturbation can also happen between two people mutual masturbation , which can be a very intimate experience. Masturbation is a normal behaviour that is seen at all ages, from childhood, through the teen years and into adulthood.
Read more about sharing This article contains adult themes Female masturbation is often seen as a taboo subject. Despite research showing that women masturbate as frequently as men, it's still not a topic that all females openly discuss. The Swedes have even created a new term for female masturbation in an attempt to stop women from being put off talking about the topic by the usual male-associated words. We spoke to women about their own experiences of masturbation and got some expert tips on how to make things work for you, including from Strawberry Siren, former Miss Burlesque Australia and the creator of the Pussy Play Masterclass, a workshop on the art of playing with yourself. The only thing to do now is read on, and plan an early night.
Masturbation is completely normal and extremely common. People of all ages masturbate and it's often the first sexual experience they have. Not everybody enjoys masturbating and there's no reason to do it if you don't want to. Masturbation is when you get sexual pleasure from touching your genitals, usually with your hand.