Women who masturbate a lot

Does Too Much Masturbation Cause Side Effects?

Ever wondered if too much masturbation is actually a thing? Like, we’ve all had those weeks where we’ve gone at it (with ourselves, hah) a li’l more than usual. And who doesn’t love spending a little (or a lot of) one-on-one time with their vibrator?

That said, how do you know when you’re crossing the line? And is there a line at all, for that matter?

It turns out that too much masturbation isn’t going to cause you any physical harm (phew), but it could impact the way you have sex and the kind of sex you have with a partner. Curious? Here’s what the experts have to say about too much masturbation:

First off, masturbation has *a ton* of health benefits.

Let’s start with the good news, shall we? Masturbation can be good for your health, says Sadie Allison, PhD, a sex educator and founder of GoLove CBD. “It's a wonderful way to help with stress or anxiety. ” That’s because, when you orgasm, your bod releases chemicals like oxytocin, prolactin, and endorphins, all of which help you chill TF out, relax, and even have an easier time falling asleep.

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Masturbation can also increase your sense of self-worth and confidence in the bedroom, says Allison. “When it comes to partnered sex, it’s difficult to know what to ask for in bed if you’ve never experimented with your body on your own,” she explains. “Masturbation is a wonderful way to learn about your own sexual response, and what kind of stimulation you like and don’t like.”

KK, so this all sounds pretty great. Masturbation makes you happy and can lead to better sex. But can you have too much of a good thing? Keep on reading...

It’s possible to become desensitized.

Too much masturbation can make you desensitized to other kinds of touch, says Kate Balestrieri, PhD, a psychologist and sex therapist based in L. A. If you’re using the same vibrator or making the same motions with your hands every time you masturbate, you may have trouble replicating those sensations with a partner and experience trouble climaxing. “Think about it this way, no matter how talented someone is with their tongue, they will never be able to mimic the vibrations of a rechargeable toy,” she explains. Sad but true.

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But don’t worry, if too much masturbation makes you desensitized, it’s not permanent. All you need to do is set your fave vibrator aside for a week or so to regain what feeling you might've lost. To avoid this issue in the future, Balestrieri suggests switching up your technique every now and then during self-pleasure—a fun fix!

Too much masturbation may impact your relationship.

Yes, your self-pleasure habits will affect your relationship if you're indulging in too much masturbation. “If done in excess, masturbation can lead to preoccupation, unrealistic fantasies, and decreased arousal with your partner,” says Balestrieri. This is more likely to happen if porn is involved. If viewed too often, porn can lead to withdrawal from your partner and unrealistic (and unsatisfying) expectations for your sex life, Balestrieri explains.

Your partner can also express concern regarding your masturbation habits for a variety of reasons, says Janet Brito, PhD, a clinical psychologist and certified sex therapist in Honolulu, Hawaii. If your partner says they’re troubled by how much you masturbate, it could indicate they’re feeling insecure about where your relationship stands and aren’t sure if you’re still attracted to them.

They also might feel bad if your sexual arousal levels don’t align, or you could have different boundaries in terms of sexual pleasure and exploration. Basically, different people have different attitudes and levels of openness regarding masturbation. And while that's totally fine, you shouldn’t feel guilty about any of your self-stimulating pleasure habits if they're not interfering with your life.

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The good thing is that some classic communication can solve these issues, says Brito. If either of you feels uncomfortable about the way the other engages in masturbation, it’s important that you explain your feelings without judgment or fear of being judged. Basically, masturbation is totally normal and isn’t a reason to freak out unless you're letting it impact the way you have sex, so just be honest with each other and reach an understanding that makes you both happy.

Is masturbation ‘addiction’ a real thing?

Experts agree that there’s not enough information out there to classify someone as addicted to masturbation. But masturbation can still be a crutch that keeps people from enjoying everyday life.

“Some signs to watch out for: routinely missing important events like work, friend obligations, or family gatherings as a result of staying in to masturbate,” says Allison. “If it starts to affect your job and your personal relationships, it’s time to consider whether you might want to seek some help.”

Seeing a sex therapist is the perfect way to gain insight into why you’re relying so heavily on masturbation. If any of this resonates with you, and you think you might be overdoing it, talk through your concerns with a pro. Otherwise, vibe on.

    Madeline Howard

    Freelance Writer

    Madeline Howard is a writer, editor, and creative based in Brooklyn. Her work has been published in Esquire, Nylon, Cosmopolitan, and other publications. Among other things, she was formerly an editor at Women’s Health. Subscribe to her newsletter ‘hey howie’ at madelinehoward.substack.com.  

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    In this article, we will look at:

    • What is masturbation? Is masturbation bad?
    • Is it a ‘bad thing’ if women masturbate?
    • Is masturbation a common behaviour?
    • Is masturbation harmful to women?
    • Is it healthy for a woman to masturbate daily?
    • How many times in a week is masturbation considered normal for a woman?
    • What are the benefits of masturbating for women? 
    • Can masturbation replace sex with a partner for women?
    • When is masturbation not safe for women?
    • Is excessive masturbation harmful to women? What are the side effects?
    • How do I know if I am masturbating excessively?
    • What is the treatment of excessive masturbation?
    • In The Spotlight - Latest news on masturbation

    You can click on any of the links above to navigate to the section of your interest.  

    What is masturbation? Is masturbation bad for health?

    Masturbation is self-stimulating your genitals in a sexual way to the point of reaching an orgasm.

    It is a very common behaviour among men and women and is a very normal part of growing up for children of both sexes.

    (To know more about male masturbation please see: Male Masturbation: Side Effects, Benefits and Risks )

    Most children play with their genitals between the ages of two and six. To a grown-up person, the sight of children fondling their own genitals can feel disturbing because he/she looks at the act through adult filters. However, this act is a very normal part of growing up for every child, as it is a process of self-exploring their own bodies and discovering how each part of their body responds to touch, and how some parts are more pleasurable than others. To a child rubbing his/her genitals simply feels innocently pleasurable and is not “wrong” or “bad”. These “adult filters” are introduced to the children by the adults, and often the child ends up feeling confused and worried.

    The adults react to the child in the same way that they saw their own parents or grown-ups around them react, while they were exploring their own bodies as children. Therefore, they continue to carry those feelings of shame and guilt and never got a chance to get comfortable with their own sexuality.

    The act in itself is not “good” or “bad”, though in some cases religious beliefs may induce people to label it as “bad”.

    The crucial factor in such a scenario would be, how an adult approaches a child and without shaming the child makes the child feel comfortable with his/her own body, and gently explains the propriety side of it, if child indulges in the act in front of people.

    Sexual development is a very much an essential part of normal growth and development for a child, just as physical development, emotional development, learning and developing language and communication skills are normal.

    Having said that, what also needs to be stated is, even though there is nothing wrong with masturbation, it is also okay not to masturbate. Some people have naturally lower levels of sexual desire or may decide that they want to abstain from masturbation for religious or personal reasons. You can follow whatever option you feel is best for you.

    Is it a ‘bad thing’ if women masturbate?

    Women in India, culturally, are always expected to either never recognize their inherent sexual longings, or to easily overcome their sexual desire. Here, the feeling of experiencing pleasure for a woman comes with the burden of shame and guilt. Even now it’s easy for a woman who is comfortable with her sexuality to get labeled as a “slut”. 

    The recent release of the movie "Veere Di Wedding", stirred a hornet's nest of hot debates on how Indian women 'should' and 'should not' display their sexual desire. It brings to the forefront where the Indian mindset stands regarding women and sexuality. And it can be safely concluded, it is still not in a healthy place. 

    To compound the problem further, even to this day, not many women in this country are comfortable with their sexuality and their bodies. They do not know their own likes and dislikes when it comes to an intimate relationship with their partners. 
    Many women are not even aware of a particular part of their body, called the clitoris. In fact, the clitoris is also not mentioned in the sex education classes or conversations, as sexual pleasure for women is largely identified only with penetration.
    The clitoris is a small, sensitive organ made of erectile tissue in the vulva of the female reproductive system. It contains thousands of nerve endings that make it an extremely sensitive organ. Masturbating stimulates the clitoris and produces sensations of sexual pleasure.

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    Masturbation can actually help women to understand their own bodies better, and they can do so without any shame or guilt. In fact, if anything, masturbation can help enhance a woman’s sexual experience with her partner.

    The fact is there is enormous potential for healing, fulfillment, and wellbeing through exploring your sexuality as a woman and expressing it and experiencing it with joy.

    Is masturbation a common behaviour?

    Sexologists, as well as researchers, are of the opinion that masturbation is a completely normal process for human beings and is a healthy sexual behaviour. It probably has a bad reputation because it is an intensely private sexual behaviour, which no one discusses, even with the closest of friends.

    Is masturbation harmful to women?

    No. From a health science perspective, masturbation is not at all harmful to you. Some people think masturbation is bad for moral reasons, however, that is a personal choice.

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    Is it healthy for a woman to masturbate daily?

    Masturbating daily can be normal for some women, depending on their age and sexual drive, whereas for others it can be excessive. As long masturbating does not affect your overall energy levels, and does not encroach into your daily life and activities you should be fine. A few sex experts though, consider masturbating daily to be excessive. Masturbating daily can lead to weakness, fatigue, early ejaculation and may inhibit sexual activities with your partner.

    Excessive masturbation can also inhibit sexual intimacy with your partner.

    On the other hand, missing out on regular orgasms during sex with your partner, can increase your stress levels and can add to mental health issues, frustration, and unhappiness in general. 

    Masturbating aids stress release and helps to stabilize your mood, making you happier and healthier.

    For more information how and why satisfaction is achieved by women while masturbating please see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_3OA_VZVkY

    How many times in a week is masturbation considered normal for a woman?

    The frequency per week can vary from woman to woman, based on her general health conditions. There are women who masturbate two to three times a day, or five times a week, seven times a week, or even not at all. This does not in any way make them more or less sexual.

    Sexual drive is natural, however, an excess of anything is harmful. Therefore, rather than increasing the frequency of masturbation you can consider diverting your energy to things such as sports, creative arts or any other hobbies. This ensures that you live a balanced, healthy, and happy life.

    Can masturbation replace sex with a partner for women?

    Masturbation in itself is a pleasurable activity which stands apart from sex. In fact, masturbation can enhance the experience with a sexual partner, because it helps you understand your own body better as a woman.

    However, if you are only masturbating and are ignoring or missing out on physical intimacy with your partner, then it could be a sign of a problem.

    There are valid times though when masturbation can replace sex, for example:

    • if the partner’s sex drive is lower than yours, then masturbation is an option
    • if the partner is sick
    • if the partner is not available

    When is masturbation not safe for women?

    Masturbation is generally safe. However, if it is done excessively and aggressively then it can be harmful.

    • When you touch the genitals of an infected person and then touch yours, you may suffer from Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). STIs can also occur if you share your sex toys with an infected person.
    • If you rub yourself aggressively you may end up injuring your vagina.

    What are the benefits of masturbating for women?

    The benefits of masturbation for women are many, it is beneficial in following ways:

    • Female masturbation helps prevent cervical infections and relieves urinary tract infections. In fact, the desire to masturbate can be strong for a woman with UTI and with good reason, because masturbating can help relieve the pain, lubricate the vagina, and flush harmful bacteria from the cervix.
    • Relieves you of depressed feelings as when you become aroused, the hormone levels of mood-boosting dopamine and epinephrine soar in your body.
    • Masturbation can help relieve emotional stress greatly.
    • It helps you to strengthen your relationship with yourself because when you know and love yourself deeply on physical and emotional levels, you gain confidence and let yourself grow through self-awareness. It leads to proper self-expression in all areas of life and boosts your self-confidence.
    • Masturbation can enhance the quality of your sleep and help you deal with insomnia.
    • Women who experience more orgasms and greater frequency and satisfaction with masturbation or sex are known to have greater resistance to heart disease and Diabetes Mellitus Type 2.
    • When a woman orgasms it increases the pelvic floor strength. There is increased blood pressure in the clitoris. The muscle tone, heart rate, and respiration increases and the uterus go up from the pelvic floor, thus increasing pelvic muscle tension and strengthening the entire region.
    • It can enhance your relationship with your partner since you know yourself physically.
    • For women, masturbation can help relieve stomach cramps.
    • In post-menopausal women, a narrowing of the vagina can make sexual intercourse and pelvic exams painful, but masturbation, particularly with a water-based lubricant, increases blood flow to the sex organs. This can help relieve moisture problems and prevent the narrowing of the vagina.

    Is excessive masturbation harmful to women? What are the side effects?

    Even good things in excessive proportions can be harmful. If you masturbate excessively it can lead to:

    • rawness and extreme genital irritation from too much friction
    • living too much in your head and in your fantasies, rather than face reality
    • disconnecting emotionally or sensually when it comes to your partner
    • conditioning yourself to only become aroused or reach an orgasm in one specific way, if you are masturbating the same way every time

    How do I know if I am masturbating excessively?

    You know you’re masturbating excessively when:

    • It causes you significant distress
    • You are masturbating multiple times per day to escape from stress or realities of day to day life
    • You prefer masturbating rather than an intimate relationship with your partner and therefore, have completely stopped sexual relations with your partner
    • You regularly injure yourself by rubbing yourself aggressively
    • You hardly have time for your friends or family, as you are too busy pleasuring yourself
    • You constantly feel lustful and fight the urge to pleasure yourself
    • Pain, rawness, and irritation in your genital area

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    What is the treatment of excessive masturbation?

    If you are or feel you are masturbating excessively and it is hindering your daily life, immediately consult a general doctor -  BOOK APPOINTMENT Now!, who may, in turn, refer you to a psychiatrist or a counselor. A psychiatrist or a counselor will help you to regulate and divert your energies in a more productive way and gradually wean you away from aggressive masturbation.

    At times, medication may also be suggested depending on your symptoms and general health conditions.

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    Sexologists have found that men and women masturbate for different purposes

    Sexologists have found that men and women masturbate for different purposes - Gazeta. Ru | News



    Researchers from the University of Oslo have shown that masturbation usually serves as an additional function for women, who thus improve their sex life, and men are more likely to use self-gratification to compensate for the lack of sex, but it only helps those who are less insecure. The article was published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior .

    Researchers surveyed a sample of 4,160 Norwegians aged 18 to 89. 66% of women and 84% of men reported having masturbated in the past month, women on average two or three times a month, and men two or three times a week.

    Women who had frequent sex reported high frequency of masturbation and high sexual satisfaction. Men were more likely to masturbate if they rarely or never had sex, but the level of satisfaction depended on the frequency of porn viewing or complexes due to appearance, and not the frequency of masturbation. nine0003

    Both women and men who frequently watch porn tend to have high levels of satisfaction and masturbate more frequently. But when comparing men who masturbated frequently, porn viewing was associated with lower levels of satisfaction. The researchers also found that negative body and genital imagery was strongly associated with sexual dissatisfaction in men who masturbate frequently, but not in women.

    Previous studies have focused on the direct relationship between sexual satisfaction and frequency of masturbation, without taking into account the difference between men and women and their relationship to their own bodies. nine0003

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    A woman often masturbates: signs of dissatisfaction

    How often women masturbate depends on the moral or physical condition of the individual. This is considered a deviation or a need, they are still being investigated to this day. nineOl000 sexual satisfaction by excitation of their own erogenous zones. According to historical data, people have been masturbating since ancient times. in different In cultures, self-satisfaction is perceived both positively and negatively. The Christian religion says that masturbation is a sin. nine0003

    Sexologists consider if the majority of individuals are drawn to engage in self-satisfaction, it means for their body it is a necessity and condemnation is not subject to.

    How often do women masturbate

    On the question of why girls masturbate and how often, today there are many statistics collected from around the world. According to the results of the interviewed representatives of the fair half, it was concluded that almost 90% of women tried to satisfy themselves on their own at least once in their lives, 70% of them engage in masturbation at least once a week throughout their lives from the time of puberty. nine0003

    In terms of age, masturbation is the most popular uses girls from 15 to 28 years old, a little less often - from 29 to 45 years old, the most a little - from 46 to 55 years. Reach orgasm while masturbating 75-80% respondents.

    Why does she need it

    To the question “why do you need it”, the unanimous answer was “I like it, I relax”. Can masturbation be the result of a woman's dissatisfaction, read our article.

    Medical research proves that masturbation is good for a woman. How often a woman masturbates depends on her stress resistance. Stronger and more enduring are ladies who engage in masturbation at least once a week. They reduce the risk of developing infectious diseases and inflammatory processes of the genital organs. nine0003

    For painful menstruation, masturbation reduces the effects unpleasant spasms and uplifting.

    25% off normal. This is a short-term phenomenon, lasting after a few minutes.

    Masturbation exercises the muscles of the small pelvis, which prevents occurrence of involuntary urination in the future.

    Frequent orgasms lower blood pressure and are beneficial affect sleep, appetite and well-being in general. nine0003

    Female masturbation, stimulates the vital activity of the body, improving blood circulation and saturating cells with oxygen.

    Frequent tantrums are cured by self-gratification. Weasel and excitation normalizes the nervous system, frees from negativity.

    It has been scientifically proven that masturbation is useful if it is repeated no more than once every two to three days.

    Can frequent masturbation harm

    How often a woman masturbates can affect her relationship with men. Problems with the opposite sex arise when masturbation takes sex into the background. The lady loses sexual interest in her partner and does not pay him worthy attention. There is no need to continue the relationship and the couple breaks up. nine0003

    If a man knows that his partner is engaged in frequent masturbation, he begins to suffer, thinking about his uselessness. Falling self-esteem the chosen one, along with the sexual desire for the beloved. Sooner or later the union of the two people disappear.

    Frequent masturbation causes irritation in the genital area lips due to constant friction. Discomfort and burning sensations do not provide pleasure in everyday life. If damaged, there is a risk of catching infection.

    Frequent self-gratification is addictive. In a rush body to enjoy and relax at an inconvenient time causes nervousness, depression and depression. This arrangement has a negative impact on psycho-emotional state of the weaker sex. nine0003

    Interesting facts about female masturbation

    Smart women masturbate more often than others. Thus, they are distracted from mental work.

    Girls in a relationship with a guy masturbate more often from lonely. For them, this is a way to retire and pay attention only to their own. needs without thinking about anyone else.

    Joint masturbation is used by some couples for variety of sexual life. It excites them and stimulates trust feelings for each other. nine0003

    Masturbation develops the imagination. Many great women poetesses were engaged in caresses of their bodies while creating creative masterpieces.

    Masturbation does not make feminists from the weaker sex and does not contributes to a change of orientation.

    Four out of ten girls prefer self-gratification, not sex with the opposite sex.

    Women masturbate frequently, but many hide it for fear of being judged. The process is not harmful, on the contrary, it is useful for the body and life. The main thing is not to overdo it. Priorities should be given to standard satisfaction with the opposite sex. Doing anything, you need to remember the consequences for yourself and others. nine0003

    Your orgasm is in your hands

    A few years ago, self-gratification was equated with sexual perversion, and in ancient times, masturbation was considered a symptom of mental retardation. Female masturbation was considered a serious aberration that could lead to disastrous consequences such as sexual dysfunction or neurasthenia.

    But thanks to modern scientific research, it has been established that masturbation is a normal and healthy way of obtaining sexual satisfaction. If female masturbation is not synonymous with obsessive desire and does not violate the usual way of life, then this is not a threat. nine0003

    Female masturbation is conditionally divided into two types: without penetration and with penetration. In the first case, sexual activities should be aimed at stimulating the clitoris. For this, in most cases, you can use not only your own fingers, but also a shower with a strong jet of water. Some girls also prefer to squeeze their hips hard or rub against a pillow.

    The second type involves stimulation of both the clitoris and the G-spot. Again, both hands and various objects and dildos and vibrators can be used. For penetration, some women use vegetables and fruits that are shaped like a male penis, such as bananas, cucumbers, and others. nine0003

    It has been proven that an orgasm (and it almost always occurs as a result of masturbation) can improve your mood. This is explained by the fact that at the time of sexual discharge in the female body, serotonin is produced - the hormone of happiness, which is important in the fight against depression.

    Thinking about whether masturbation is useful, you should pay attention to another advantage - self-satisfaction improves a girl's sexual life with a partner, because she can tell him what effect certain points on her body have on orgasm. nine0003

    In addition, female masturbation helps to reduce the pain experienced by the weaker sex during the premenstrual period. No need to immediately run for painkillers. Experts explain that during self-satisfaction, the so-called “hormones of happiness” are released, which help relieve pain. Female masturbation, as well as sex with a partner, can help get through this difficult period for most ladies.

    And it's not always about fun - female masturbation is sometimes used as an ideal sleeping pill. Surveys have shown that up to 32% of women in this way help themselves to a sweet sleep.

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