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    Is Masturbation Normal? FAQs About Masturbation Answered by Flo

    Updated 19 February 2021 |
    Published 08 April 2019
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    Medically reviewed by Dr. Anna Targonskaya, Obstetrician and gynecologist
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    Masturbation is a form of sexual self-gratification. While it’s completely normal and healthy to masturbate, lots of people have questions about it.

    Today we asked Anna Targonskaya, a medical consultant at Flo, to answer some of the most frequently asked questions from our users. Keep reading to get the answers to some of the masturbation FAQs running through users’ minds.

    What is masturbation?

    Masturbation is the stimulation of erogenous zones (e.g., clitoris, anus, or vagina) with the goal of achieving sexual satisfaction and orgasm. It is commonly done by touching the clitoris or vaginal wall, especially the anterior wall, with fingers, sex toys, or a vibrator until orgasm. Masturbation is absolutely normal and is performed by people of all genders.

    Is it okay to be aroused and masturbate during a period?

    Many people experience a boost in their sex drive during their period, and it’s normal to masturbate during this time. Masturbating during your period is harmless and can still bring sexual satisfaction. Moreover, it can help relieve unpleasant period symptoms. Just make sure your hands are clean and follow common hygiene routines.

    Is it normal to masturbate?

    It is absolutely normal to masturbate. More than half of American women masturbate at least once every three months. Stimulating the erogenous zones to achieve sexual satisfaction and orgasm is a normal practice. As long as it’s not interfering with other aspects of life, masturbation is completely harmless.

    Why do I orgasm only from masturbation and not from sex with a partner?

    If someone can orgasm from masturbation, it could be a sign that they know their own erogenous zones pretty well. Masturbation can also boost confidence when with a partner. Teach them where to touch you and what to do. Feel free to show them what you like. Let your partner get to know your body the way you know it.

    Can masturbating delay my period?

    No, masturbation can’t affect your period. Changes in your menstrual cycle such as period delay may be due to hormonal imbalance, chronic stress, poor nutrition, or some other health issues but not masturbation.

    How often is it normal to masturbate?

    There is no normal when it comes to frequency of masturbation. It depends on the individual. Some people masturbate every day or even several times a day. Others don’t masturbate at all. Masturbation is only harmful if it interferes with other aspects of life.

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