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15 things every twentysomething should know about masturbating

We might not know everything but you should know these things

  1. There is no such thing as masturbating 'too much'. Despite whatever you heard when you were in high school, having sex, foreplay and masturbating go hand in hand (in hand?), so don't feel like it's going to put you off intercourse and that you'll overdo it.

  1. You shouldn't feel weird about the act of masturbating because the chances are even the most unlikely people in your life do it too. Your neighbour. Your doctor. Your friends, probably while they send you GIFs of funny looking dogs.

  1. To give yourself a bigger orgasm, tease yourself as you approach your peak - stop at least three times before you allow it to happen. The longer you wait the most powerful it gets. Just saying.

  1. Don't believe the stigma surrounding vibrators, dildos and sex toys. If you want to use one, use it and feel no shame when you're having a mindblowing orgasm. YOU DESERVE IT.

  1. If you don't cum sometimes, it doesn't mean you're doomed for life and will never be able to masturbate happily again. Like with lots of things, sometimes it just doesn't happen and that's OK.

  1. More than 50% of women masturbate a few times a week according to a study conducted by Cosmo US.

​7. Masturbating is good for your body ​because having an orgasm releases endorphins, which in turn is linked to relieving stress, helping menstrual cramps and generally putting you in a better mood.

  1. Some women can masturbate without actually touching themselves ​because they think themselves into having an orgasm with fantasies. Next time you're feeling adventurous, give it a go.

  1. Women who masturbate using their own saliva are apparently at a higher risk of contracting a yeast infection, according to a University of Michigan study. Apparently researchers thing it's because the saliva may disrupt the balance of bacteria down there, so it's probably best to reach for a bottle of lube instead.

​10. 41% of women would rather masturbate than have sex, ​according to a study conducted by sex toy company Jimmy Jane.

  1. There's a difference between a clitoral orgasm, G Spot orgasm and vaginal orgasm,​ so experimenting with your own body and sexual exploration is all part of masturbating . If you don't get it right the first time, no problem.

​12. Despite the horrific stories you might have heard, it's not possible to lose something in your vagina. ​It's not Narnia, it's like a handbag: what goes in, must come out. Your cervix will stop anything from going further into your body or getting lost - so don't let that put you off trying a vibrator or sex toy.

​13. It's the best way to figure out what you like in bed, ​because if you can do it to yourself, you can explain to others what you like best, where to touch you and how exactly you like it. Give yourself orgasms and teach others to too? Win, win.

  1. ​The easiest way to satisfy yourself is to stimulate your clitoris until your vaginal walls contract. Caress your vaginal lips, slowly moving towards your clitoris. Continuous, medium pressure moving your fingers in small circles is a very popular technique. Use a little lubrication to manipulate the way you orgasm.​

  1. In conclusion, every twentysomething should know masturbating is GREAT and whether it's blissful pleasure all the time or not, your body is their for you to enjoy.