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Is Masturbation Normal? All FAQs on Female Masturbation Answered by Flo

Masturbation is a form of sexual self-gratification. While it's not wrong to play with yourself, many people find that they feel guilty after the act. Others even vow to stay away from the act. However, that shouldn't be the case.
Anna Targonskaya, medical consultant at Flo

Today we asked Anna Targonskaya, medical consultant at Flo, to answer most frequent questions by our users. Keep reading to get the answers on all masturbation FAQs that can run through your mind. 

Masturbation is the stimulation of your erogenous zones (clitoris, anal, vagina) with the goal to achieve sexual satisfaction and come to an orgasm. It is commonly done by touching your clitoris or vaginal wall especially the anterior wall with fingers, sex toys or a vibrator until you achieve an orgasm. Masturbation is absolutely normal and is performed by both men and women.

Many women feel horny during their menstruation, and it’s normal to masturbate during this time. Masturbating during your period is harmless and will bring sexual satisfaction. Moreover, it can help relieve the unpleasant symptoms that women experience during their periods. But make sure you wash your hands with soap before and after masturbation and follow common hygiene rule.

It is absolutely normal to masturbate. More than half of the American women masturbate at least once in 3 months. Stimulating your erogenous zones to achieve sexual satisfaction and orgasm is a normal practice. It is absolutely harmless unless it interferes with your duty or social life.

If you orgasm from masturbation it is a sign that you know your erogenous zones pretty well. It also makes you more confident when you are with your partner. Teach him or her where to touch you and what to do. Don't be shy to show what you like. Let your partner come to know your body the way you know it.

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.

There are no time frames about the normal 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, and it is also absolutely normal. Masturbation stops being normal only if it interferes with your work and duties or your social life.

In fact, having a lot of sex or masturbating too much cannot affect your vagina 'tightness'. Vaginal walls are very elastic; they expand and contract during and after sex. Neither masturbation nor sex can permanently stretch the vagina.

Generally speaking, it should not hurt when you masturbate, unless there is something wrong or you are using some sex toys that are not a fit for you. Feel free to contact your doctor if you feel pain during masturbation.

If it isn’t yet the time for your periods, you shouldn't bleed after masturbation. If you do bleed after masturbation, talk to your doctor to find out the reason

The gynecologist can tell if you've recently had sex or masturbated with a sex toy. However, if your vagina is swollen or irritated, the doctor may ask questions about your masturbation habits. What is important to remember is that both boys and girls masturbate and that's absolutely normal.

There is no normal age to start masturbation. The age will depend on the person's hormonal development. Some people start masturbating before they turn 9, others don't masturbate at all. And any scenario is a normal one.

It’s your decision whether to masturbate or not. Some people masturbate every day or even several times a day. Others don't masturbate at all. All of these options are perfectly normal.

Masturbation is absolutely normal behavior in young children. Most of them masturbate while exploring their bodies and discovering that touching their genitals feels good. Sometimes, masturbation in preschoolers can come as a reaction to stress, punishment or some other events.

Sometimes masturbation can really make it harder to reach an orgasm when you’re with your partner. As you are getting to know yourself better during masturbation, share the discovered secrets on what you really like with your partner to boost your sex experience. If that’s a problem for you, you may want to talk to a counselor or therapist.

You may get cramps after masturbation because your uterus has a muscular layer that can contract when you orgasm. If these cramps are light, you have nothing to worry about. But there can also be some underlying gynecological conditions like pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, ovarian cysts or uterine fibroids that can cause cramping and lower abdominal pain after masturbation or sex. Contact your healthcare provider to find out the reason.

Masturbation is good for both your physical and mental health. It helps reduce stress, enhances the quality of sleep, and strengthens the muscles in your pelvic area. In some women, masturbation helps to relieve menstrual cramps. Masturbation can only get harmful if it interferes with your work and social life. 

No, masturbation has nothing to do with your periods. Changes in your menstrual cycle and periods may indicate a hormonal imbalance, chronic stress, poor nutrition or some other health issues but not masturbation. Masturbation improves your sleep quality and helps to get over stress.

In some cases, masturbation can tear the hymen especially if you get too deep inside. For example, if you finger really hard or use an actual dildo. The same can happen with tampons.

It is up to you whether to discuss this topic with your parents. Masturbation is a normal way to get sexual satisfaction. It is absolutely harmless for your health. The majority of teens don't discuss masturbation with their parents, but if you have a really strong and trustful relationship, you can talk to them about intimate questions that bother you. 

Generally, masturbation brings a feeling of emotional and physical satisfaction and excitement. If you feel nothing, this might be a psychological case called anhedonia where you can't get satisfaction. Also, masturbation just might not be your thing. On the other hand, you may have some issues with the innervation of the vaginal area. Talk to your doctor to find out the exact reason.

Yes. It is only possible if it is not solo play. Usually, you can't become pregnant or catch sexually transmitted diseases (STIs) while masturbating. The only exception is when you use someone else's sex toys or come in contact with another person's genitals (for STI's) of the opposite sex (for pregnancy). Beware of precum and semen in order not to get pregnant while masturbating. 

As we’ve seen, masturbation is a pretty normal act that lets you achieve sexual satisfaction. It can also help your partner know your body better so that they can please you properly. Masturbation also provides other benefits like relieving stress and improving the quality of your sleep.

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