What is Masturbation?

Masturbation is the normal, healthy process of stimulating one’s genitals for sexual pleasure. It is one of the most common practice of autoeroticism.

Different people use different tools or techniques during masturbation. In general, people masturbate to achieve an orgasm. Surveys have shown that people of all ages and backgrounds enjoy masturbation, although it is more accepted in some cultures and countries than others.

Techniques

There are techniques that are common to both men and women, although both genders have differences as well. The shared techniques include:

  • Pressing or rubbing the genital area, either with fingers or against an object (such as a pillow)
  • Applying lube to genital areas to intensify sensation
  • Inserting fingers or an object into the anus
  • Stimulating the penis or vulva with electric vibrators
  • Additionally, both men and women may enjoy touching, rubbing, or pinching the nipples or other erogenous zones while masturbating
  • Reading or watching porn will sometimes occur either previously or concomitantly with masturbation
  • Some potentially harmful masturbation activities include autoerotic asphyxiation and self-bondage

Male Techniques

Masturbation techniques vary according to personal preference and physical factors (such as if the man has been circumcised).

  • Generally, men will hold the penis in one hand and then move their hand up and down the shaft. The speed of the movements and pressure will vary, although generally speed increases as ejaculation nears, while decreasing during the ejaculation itself
  • For uncircumcised men, the foreskin is held and slid over the glans
  • For circumcised men, such movement might create uncomfortable friction. To avoid feelings of discomfort, some men may choose to apply a lubricant
  • Some men enjoy using artificial vaginas, vibrators, or dildos (to stimulate the prostate gland)

    Female Techniques

    Women use a variety of positions and techniques to masturbate, including:

    • Stroking or rubbing the vulva (especially the clitoris) with index and/or middle fingers
    • Inserting fingers into the vagina to stroke the frontal wall (where location of the G-spot)
    • Using vibrators or dildos for additional stimulation
    • Caressing breasts, nipples, or other erogenous zones
    • Some popular positions for masturbation include lying on back, face down, sitting, kneeling, or standing.
    • Some women can also sexually stimulate themselves by crossing their legs tightly and clenching the muscles in their legs, which creates pressure on the genitals.
    • Sometimes memories of previous orgasms or sexual fantasies can create additional sexual pleasure

    Health Benefits

    There are many health benefits to masturbation, both physical and psychological.

    Masturbation can reduce depression by leading to a stronger sense of self-esteem. Masturbation can also be useful for people in relationships. If one partner wants more sex than the other, masturbation can be a good way to achieve the same effect and thus minimize conflict over the issue. Moreover, by watching a partner masturbate, one learns their preferred method of touching and pleasure spots, which can be useful when engaging in sexual intercourse together.

    Some studies have shown positive physical benefits, such as the 2003 Australian research team that found that men who masturbate frequently are less likely to develop prostate cancer. In 1997, one study found an inverse association between coronary heart disease and frequency of orgasms. A 2008 study at the Tabriz Medical University concluded that ejaculation reduces swollen nasal blood vessels, freeing the airway for normal breathing.

    Lastly, one of the great benefits of masturbation is that it provides sexual pleasure without the risk of contracting a sexually transmitted disease such as HIV or herpes.

    Risks

    People who insert foreign objects into their genital areas run the risk of lodging them. There have been cases of people requiring medical assistance to remove objects (such as pencils). In general, however, masturbation is very safe. It’s a good way to learn more about one’s sexual preferences in a safe environment, and it is becoming more and more socially acceptable in Western culture.

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    Q: I have a myriad of health problems due to, I believe, excessive masturbation. Ailments include: Low hanging reddish testicles (at times) Epididymitis Pain and inflammation of the vas deferens Pain and "it seems" mild inflammation in the lower abdominal. Pre-mature ejaculation (I masturbate only once a month) could this be too much if my body is destroyed? At the onset I had penis shrinkage, and seminal discharge or oozing. Constant urination, dripping, pressure in the pelvis and/or bladder. I have tried a bunch of products but none have worked. Dr. Lin's herbal formulas for 8 months. Acupuncture with 4 different people. Chinese herbs with 2 of them. Ginseng tonic formulas. They are all expensive and I am having trouble affording everything. Life is hard enough without this type of problem. I need to avoid being ripped off. I would appreciate any feedback and/or correspondence.

    A:

    We would recommend that you perform our Full Body Cleanse, then follow that up with our Male Cleanse. These cleanses help to provide essential nutrients conducive to male sexual reproductive health.

    After you finish the cleanses, go with Male Hormonal Formula, Prostate Formula and Male Health Tea to continue to maintain the wellness of your testicles, penis, and prostage gland.

    And more importantly, give masturbating a break for a while.

    Also, soak in hot water and 2-3 boxes of sea salt daily.

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    Q: I wanted to touch base with you and let you know that I took yourTOTAL MALE CLEANSE about 2 months ago. Unfortunately, I did not really receive any health benefits from this session and my problem persists. My problem comes from excessive masturbation--excessive ejaculation. I have burning in my stomach, side, groin area, and testicles. This has been going on for over 4 years. It has gotten better but I am in not even close to being able to have sexual relations with a women. My testicles feel week and tingly most days. When I should be "getting excited" I feel tingling in my abdomen and side. I have tried a remedy from Dr. Lin's herbal supplements and this didn't give any substantial change. Do have any further suggestion?

    A:

    I CAN CLEARLY UNDERSTAND WHY YOU DIDN'T RECEIVE THE BENEFITS YOU WERE SEEKING WITH THE TOTAL MALE CLEANSE. YOU SEE, YOUR PROBLEM IS PSYCHOSOMATIC BUT MOSTLY PSYCHOLOGICAL AND EMOTIONAL IN NATURE. IT APPEARS YOU HAVE A 2ND CHAKRA IMBALANCE THAT NEEDS ADDRESSING. MOST OF THE WORK YOU REQUIRE IS ENERGETIC. HOWEVER, PERIODIC PERFORMANCE OF THE FULL BODY DETOX AND TOTAL MALE CLEANSE AND HEALTHY DIET HELPS REPAIR THE PHYSICAL DAMAGE FROM EXCESS MASTURBATION. I HIGHLY AND URGENTLY RECOMMEND YOU SCHEDULE A PERSONAL CONSULTATION SO WE CAN GET TO THE ROOT OF THIS PROBLEM. YOUR REMEDY IS NOT SOLELY IN A PRODUCT, BUT IN YOURSELF!

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    Q: I am interested to buy your product Jackrabbit formula but I would like to ask you couple question. My problem with erection is more psychological because I have let sex addiction to masturbation and I never achieved real orgasm even though I am married almost 6 years and all situation with my wife is real frustration. I tried meni natural products without success and also tried Viagra but with limited effect. I would like to know did you have similar cases like mine that Jackrabbit formula helped to cure erection related problem.

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    I would suggest you perform the TOTAL MALE CLEANSE first and then take Jackrabbit formula. Since your situation is psychological, work on your mind. Change your mind, change your condition!

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    Q: I recently considered the possibility that I might have epididymitis from an untreated STD. If this is the case, than the situation has progressed for a couple of years. I read a post in the Q&A section about problems, which resulted from excessive masturbation. The symptoms described are similar to the ones I have experienced, but also my symptoms are similar to ones I have researched as a result of epididymitis from an untreated STD. Because of the possible effects of the condition and my reluctance to seek help, which is probably why I am in the situation, I am even more reluctant to seek medical attention now. But still, I am at the point where I must do something. I am coming to you with this situation because I have tried a few of your products and have respect for your opinion, and there is no one I can get advice from about this. Again, I am reluctant about going to a doctor because I am simply embarrassed and feel like a fool for not dealing with a problem that could have probably been easily solved, which might have now turned into anything.

    A:

    Number one, perform the Full Body Detox first and foremost. After this kit, perform the Total Male Cleanse.

    Secondly, change your diet!

    Thirdly, FORGIVE yourself. Release any regret and other negative emotions as they don't serve you, Beloved! They prevent you from healing. Let go of the past!

    Fourth, THINK POSITIVE! Know that you will be healed and soon!

    Fifth: Try dipping your penis into a bowl of cold (or room temperature) aloe vera GEL to give it some relief.

    There is healing and help for you, Beloved!

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    Q: I am a Scorpio male; I've read the health issues of Scorpio and I will be honest. I have an obsessive sexual nature and do not practice safe sex. Many times I have been sexually poisoned by my partners. with your knowledge of Scorpio; is there any way to reverse this; what can we do to protect our most valued possession. Is there any hope for actual cleaning of the sexual organs?

    A: We can better assist you if you tell us what exactly you're trying to achieve? Cleansing your sexual organs can help rejuvenate your reproductive system, but if you're looking to heal from an ailment the approach can vary.

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    Q: Why do women get so pissed off, when I ask them for a sexual relation? I have lost many female friends due to my openness, of asking them plain & simple to fornicate. I need help in solving this problem.

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    Response: Well you have to be more subtle than that. There is a lot to the art of attracting women for sex. You can learn more about it if buy our book for men.

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    Good luck!

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    Q: My husband has sent you a question about painful erections. I just wanted to add these occur during the night and prevent sleep or during the day. They are not painful during intercourse. In other words they are unwanted erections. His pleasure during intercourse seems to be minimal. He seems to masturbate a lot and hence his vitality is low. As we are trying to get pregnant we do not want to decrease his fertility or increase his sex drive.

    A:

    Males get erect for a reason. They may seem unwanted to you guys, but not to the body. If it's not a bother to you, allow him to enter you (vaginally). The semen lost during masturbation could be inside of you for purposes of procreation. The more he gets to ejaculate inside of you, the more those painful erections will subside (and the better your chances of becoming pregnant). The erections are a subconscious body statement that he really wants to reproduce as well as that he is boiling with unexpressed creativity that only has an outlet via sexual intercourse. The more intercourse, the more those erections will subside. Or, he must learn to channel his sexual desire up to his higher charkas via yoga and other measures which would stimulate his pineal gland and crown center. Doing this, he'd become more spiritual and intuitive. You guys might also want to consciously have intercourse at night as the night-time (moon) supports conception. Go with the flow of Nature!

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    Q: Thank you for the cancer info...It is welcome and beyond informative, however, I take issue with your remark that "women would be wise to just accept the fact that they are female by nature and God made them to have (deliver) babies and they should stop trying to compete with and be like men." Part of me is not surprised--men make comments like this all the time. I chalk it up to ignorance, as men enjoy living their entire lives not having to endure periods, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and lord knows what else. So because a woman does not want to have children--at all, or at a particular time in her life--she wants to be a man?! That's an illogical conclusion you are making. So why are there pregnant women with cancer, some of which who have never taken BC pills? Are women entitled to making any sort of control over their reproductive health? What about women who are infertile, naturally? If they develop cancer, is it because they never gave birth to a child? Are you willing to support all of the children that will result from women not being on Birth Control, since many people cannot afford several children on their incomes? This line of reasoning makes some women think that men really need to get over themselves. I think you have been reading too much Freud. Some women, present company included, appreciate our femininity and everything that encompasses being a woman. At the same time, this is not the dark ages--and even then, women chose not to have children during different times in their lives. Surely you are aware that in non-Western countries women utilize natural herbs to control their reproduction or as abortifacients? I am not advocating abortion; my point is that if you are going to criticize women taking BC pills, you may as well extend this criticism to women naturally preventing pregnancy via alternative means.

    A:

    Birth control pills play a big role in female reproductive cancers. Women would be wise to just accept the fact that they are female by nature and God made them to have (deliver) babies and they should stop trying to compete with and be like men. In attempting to stop or prevent life (birth control), they are ending up losing their very own lives. And the birth control pills cause cancer in areas of the body that denote femininity (breasts, ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix, uterus and vagina). This is a form of language here. You have disease and female organ(s) which basically means your disease is specifically related to an issue of femaleness or femininity, that's why the disease manifests in these "female" organs. In attempting to be like and compete with males, females compromise their feminine integrity and goddess nature which "eats them up" (anger, frustration, sadness, etc.) inside. When the cancer appears in any female organ, it serves as a sign or sensor that the problem lies on a deeper metaphysical level pertaining to emotions, thoughts and attitude."

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    Q: I am a 33 year old who has been experiencing nocturnal emissions since I was a teenager. I do not masturbate, but every now and then I experience these emissions. During my light research, it was stated by the health and medical industry that nocturnal emissions are normal occurrence within males. I know there's so much more to know about this. Can you can provide some insight as to what it is? Is it really natural? Is it possible for a person to have emissions, who is not sexually active? Can you please help me?

    A:

    Please read our new article "Nocturnal Emissions" on the Home Page in the Articles section, Beloved!

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    Q: My two year-old son is not circumcised and his foreskin is not pulling back is there anything I can do to get his skin to stretch without getting him circumcised because I really don't want to do that. And are there any bath remedies to keeping it clean, right now I give him sea salt baths and thinking about using hydrogen peroxide. Also, It keeps getting red and swollen I gave him antibiotics because it hurts when he urinates. If you could, could you possibly recommend something I could get from a health food store I can't afford to cleanse his body right now.

    A:

    Don't act too fast; sometimes it takes a while before the skin begins to become elastic. The child is only 2. You can clean his foreskin with warm water, sea salt, and tea tree oil (5-8 drops in the bowl of water or bath water) and you can add 1 ounce of hydrogen peroxide if you like. If the skin is red and swollen it's inflamed. Start applying Dherbs.Com HEALING SKIN OIL and this should facilitate healing. Antibiotics are harming the child. He doesn't need antibiotics! Please read our article on "DANGERS OF ANTI-BIOTICS". He'll be alright!

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    Q: I know you are an herbalist and I have read your articles on relationships, but I really need to discuss an issue with a conscious person like yourself. I have a friend who is a conscious brother, he made it known that he doesn't want to be in a relationship, claims he's to busy, but he is into having a spiritual sexual relationship(releasing energy he says on a spiritual level). My thought is that in order to connect with someone totally on a sexual level they should be a unit to experience this sacred sexual experience he refers to, otherwise to me it seems a very clever why to have sex without the commitment of being in a relationship. I would really appreciate your thoughts.

    A:

    Dudes can be so clever! He sounds like a Taurus! LOL!

    He's using spirituality to justify having sex with you. There's no spirituality with a casual sex partner. This practice is deep and creates serious energetic connections via the chakras. There's no connection without being a unit and having a commitment. My motto is: no sex absent love and commitment (unless both parties agree)! Hope this helps you out!

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    Q: I'm a 47-year-old male 218lbs. I'm a type 2 diabetic with my levels under control. I have no sexual desire at all. After my yearly physical I found out my testosterone level is 277, kind of low right? That thought process is just not available to get aroused. I can get an erection but can't keep it. Would you also suggest a blood sugar program? It's causing my relationship not to move into the getting married goal.

    A:

    I would suggest our Pancreas Kit and Regimen! You don't want diabetes under control. You want it GONE! At least I would think. If you have diabetes under control, you still have it! How else could you CONTROL it if it wasn't there or in existence?

    Next, I recommend you give the Total Male Cleanse a try. Good maintenance herbs for your sexual dysfunction include Jackrabbit formula, Male Hormonal Formula, Prostate formula, and Circu-laid formula.

    Cheer up, Beloved! There is help for you.

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    Q: p>You have 3 different male sexual enhancement Product # 44 HYPERLINK "http://www.dherbs.com/store/jackrabbit-formula-p-41.html" Jackrabbit Formula, # 50 Male Hormonal Formula, and # 63 Prostate Formula (the #s changed since I e-mailed you last, or maybe I gave you the wrong #s). Your shopping cart has product #s attached to your formulas. So I listed these numbers. That may be what the confusion was. What are the differences between the 3? To be a little more specific, what will one do, that the other will not do? They all seem to do the same thing. Do you have the comparison chart? Another question I had it are there any good juicing fasts to recommend? If I had to only pick 5 fruits and 5 vegetables to snack on, which would you pick.

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    Jackrabbit formula is an aphrodisiac!

    Male Hormonal formula is male reproductive nutrition.

    Prostate Formula feeds the prostate gland.

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    Q: I was reading your article on Astrological Health and I am a Scorpio woman, born on October 31, who does not have a strong sex drive at all. In fact I've never really been into sex at all which has made my partners upset and discouraged at times and has had me thinking that something may be wrong with me. I have even considered seeing a sexual doctor about these issues. You state that the "Scorpio governs the genitalia or sex" and this explains our sex drive but yet I've been sexually active for 7 years and have also never had an orgasm. I was molested from ages 4 to 11 and sometimes I think this has something to do with how I am but I'm just not sure. I would really like to increase my sex drive and be able to orgasm and have considered taking your bunny rabbit formula in order to fix this but now knowing that astrologically I'm supposed to be opposite of how I am (which I've heard before but didn't know the extent until now), I'm beginning to think something is seriously wrong with me. What are your thoughts?

    A:

    Please consider scheduling a consultation so we can get to the root of the issue and help you to unblock your blockages that are preventing you from truly enjoying sex and having an orgasm. Consultations are now half price ($50). There is healing and help for you! You're just missing the knowledge you require.

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    Q: About 8 years ago my boyfriend and I had intercourse, and this one time he said that when we had intercourse that his penis felt like it was burning. We both went to the health clinic, had cultures done and could not find anything wrong with him. they told me that I had a yeast infection. since then he has had a hernia repaired. Now he has another hernia and is going to get that fixed. he says that the tip of his penis gets red, and it burns really bad when he urinates. about 2 years ago he went to a urologist. He told my boyfriend that his prostate was swollen and that it sat to the left a little bit and that the urethra tube was swollen. He gave my boyfriend a prescription for urinating and that was it. He spent $800 dollars and the problem is still there. We have tried everything including herbs. Any suggestions as what it could be and what he could take?

    A:

    Sounds like your boyfriend has serious inflammation of the penis. Only mucus/acidity causes inflammation like this. The prostate would not cause the tip of the penis to swell up.

    Inflammation while urinating usually denotes STD (sexually-transmitted disease) infection. However, it could be that your vagina is too acidic. It's most definitely of a sexual nature. You and your boyfriend should both perform the 20-day Full Body Cleanse and abstain from sex during this time to purify and strengthen your bodies.

    For temporary relief of the penile inflammation, have him dip the head of his penis in a bowl or cup of cold aloe vera gel. Make sure he drinks a half cup of BITTER cranberry juice (diluted with water) daily as well.

    He should also bathe in hot water DAILY with 2 boxes of sea salt added and a cup of hydrogen peroxide.

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    Q: Essential oils - Some essential oils have an effect on the male hormonal or sexual reproductive system and can be inhaled directly into the nose, burned in a diffuser, or applied to the bath water or the body itself. What are some of these oils and do you sell them?

    A:

    Sexually stimulating essential oils include NEROLI, ROSE, YLANG YLANG, DAVANA, COMBAVA, JASMINE,PATCHOULI, and SANDALWOOD.

    Dherbs.Com does not sell these oils individually; but we do have great inhalers made of them. Check out our inhalers on our site (on-line store).

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    Q: I recently received bad news that my grandmother has cancer in several areas of her body. I am having a really hard time staying positive and generally dealing with it since I live so far from my family. Being a military family will do that I guess. Anyway since I heard the news I have broken out with 2 sores on my vagina (from ingrown hairs) and it also burns when I urinate and I have even developed cuts around my anus and on my clitoris hood. I have no clue if it's a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) or what. It even hurts when I am just lying in bed. I am starting a lemonade detox today and was hoping for any suggestions that you may have. I have not eaten meat in about two or three months. However I am still addicted to sugar. I hope all my information helps you in helping me discover a cause and solution to my issue.

    A:

    It appears your problem is psycho-somatic in nature. What kind of cancer does your grandmother have? Is it a female reproductive type cancer?

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    Q: I think I might have an STD. I went to the doctor on several occasions and was told that it was "normal." Since when is having a rash inside your vagina accompanied with bad smelling discharge and painful sexual intercourse and also bumps in my mouth normal? I don’t know what to do. My doctor is not accurately diagnosing my condition. I heard so many wonderful things about Dherbs. What do you recommend?

    A:

    I RECOMMEND: FULL BODY DETOX FOLLOWED BY ANTI-VIRAL CLEANSE AND REGIMEN FOLLOWED BY TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE. WHILE DOING THESE CLEANSES, DRINK FEMALE HEALTH TEA AND USE THE ORAL ANTISEPTIC SPRAY IN YOUR MOUTH. YOU'LL BE FINE! OH, MOST DOCTORS ARE IDIOTS. DON'T SWEAT THEM! THEY ARE TRAINED SEALS DUE TO MEDICAL SCHOOL. TRUST IN GOD, NATURE, AND YOUR BODY AND YOU'LL BE FINE!

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    Q: I was diagnosed with Raynauds--circulcation in the tips of my fingers. When it is cold my blood vessels constrict causing the tips of my fingers to turn purple and sometimes oftentimes develops painful ulcers. What do you recommend?

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    Work on your circulation! Use CIRCUL-AID FORMULA and VEINS FORMULA to get results!

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    Q: I have been inquiring about curing genital herpes for the last couple months. I was advised to order the Full Body Detox 1st, then the Anti-Viral Cleanse and Regimen. I read in one of the Q&A that you should not detox at all while pregnant. What else is there for people in my situation to do to cure this disease while pregnant? I just found out that I was expecting, and was about to order the products at the same time. I do not want to abort my child due to someone passing along this terrible disease to me. I have alot of faith in God, and want healing as soon as I can receive it. I do not know what to do at this point. I feel I waited to long to try the products, but my money situation was not right. I just want to maintain a healthy system for my child. It is not his/her fault, and I do not want to punish my child for my wrongdoings. Is there anything hopeful that can be advised. Please help me!

    A:

    Please read our articles. You need knowledge because both fear, and ignorance stem from lack of knowledge. Read our articles on Pregnancy i.e. Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Detoxing. Perform the 10-day Electric Greens Cell Food Cleanse while pregnant but no other cleanse, okay!

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