Masturbation Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to Your Most Embarrassing Masturbation Questions

Got questions about masturbation? Well, no one can blame you for not wanting to run to your parents or teachers about it. 

Never fear - there's a good chance you'll find the answer you're looking for on this page.  If you still have questions, you can ask them anonymously at the Teen Advice Forum.

How Common is Masturbation?

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Probably more common than you think. Surveys have shown that about 90% of men and 65% of women masturbate; other surveys put the number as high as 95% of all people, male and female.

Do Girls Masturbate?

They sure do. According to one survey, about 59% of women age 18 and younger have masturbated. That number might sound high to you, but that's probably because girls don't really admit to masturbating or talk about masturbation as much as guys do.

How Do You Masturbate - Are There Different Ways to Do It?

Masturbation is a totally personal thing - there isn't one "right" way to do it. What feels good to other people might not feel good to you, and vice versa. The only way to find out what works for you is by exploring. If you really want to read the gory details about how other people masturbate, this guide to masturbation might help.

What's the Best Way to Masturbate?

Like I said before, what feels good to other people might not feel good to you, so there isn't one magical masturbation technique that can suit everyone. It's your own body - only you can know what feels best.

How Young is Too Young to Start Masturbating?

When it comes to masturbation, there's no such thing as "too young." Children begin to explore their bodies at very early ages, and when puberty hits (usually around ages 11 to 18), the surge of sex hormones in your body might make you want to masturbate more frequently. It's a totally natural part of reaching sexual maturity.

Is Masturbation Safe?

Yes - masturbation is the safest form of sex there is. That's because you can't contract an STD from yourself and you can't get yourself pregnant. (Come to think of it, you also can't take advantage of yourself or break your own heart, so masturbation is emotionally safer, too.)

What's Mutual Masturbation?

Mutual masturbation when you masturbate in front of a (consenting) partner. It's a sexy thing to do with someone that doesn't have the same physical risks (like pregnancy or STDs) that other forms of sex have.

Is Masturbation a Kind of Sex?

It sure is. The word "sex" includes all kinds of sexual activities, and since masturbation gives you sexual pleasure, it's definitely a sexual activity.

If I Masturbate, Am I Still a Virgin?

Some people say that you lose your virginity as soon as you perform a sex act, and since masturbation is a sex act, that would mean that when you masturbate, you're no longer be a virgin. But that's a pretty strict definition of the word "virgin." However, you want to define it for yourself is up to you.