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How Often Should You Masturbate, According To Science?

Here's what the experts say.

Self-love is no longer the taboo it once was. That's a great thing, because pretty much everyone does it. But how often should you masturbate, according to science? Medical Daily reported that, according to an AsapSCIENCE survey, 95 percent of men and around 72 percent of women admit to touching themselves for pleasure on a regular basis. Indeed, aside from the pleasure principle, there are many health benefits of masturbation. Masturbating to completion (in other words, until you climax) can boost the immune system, and the endorphins released can relieve menstrual cramps. Additionally, according to Medical Daily, after climaxing from masturbation, the hormone prolactin is released, which can help you get a good night's sleep. Not to mention, it's super empowering to know that you can make yourself get the good feels, especially on those bad days.

But how much is too much masturbation? And, on the flip side, should you be doing it more often? Only you can determine the frequency with which you should masturbate. "There is no such a thing as the ideal number of times one should masturbate," according to experts at New Health Advisor who evaluated the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior. In other words, as long as you're living a healthy life — and I don't just mean sex life, but life in general — then how often you feel yourself is literally best left in your hands (I myself prefer the Hitachi Magic Wand, but that's just me). So, below, find some interesting stats about masturbation—who's doing it and how often, and some things to make sure you're not letting your penchant for self-pleasure take over your life.


Compulsive Masturbation Is Not Healthy

Well, duh. But seriously, this is considered an addiction, and I don't mean to belittle it. According to the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, compulsive masturbation is masturbating to the extent that it affects other aspects of your life. How do you know if you're compulsively masturbating? It's compulsive if masturbation makes you miss work or is replacing sex with your partner.


Hiding Masturbation Is Not Healthy

I once lived with a dude who would get fully nude to spank the monkey at our kitchen table while I was at work. When I'd come home unexpectedly, he'd freak out, which in turn made me freak out. We ended up in couple's therapy, and our therapist suggested he explore why he felt compelled to hide this part of his sexuality with a therapist on his own.


Women In Their 30s Masturbate Very Frequently

It's not called dirty 30 for nothing. Kidding! There's nothing dirty about masturbation; it's fun and healthy. And according to the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, nine percent of women between the ages of 30 and 39 report masturbating two to three times a week. That might not seem like a high number, but the percentage leapt to 22 percent of women claiming they masturbate a few times per month to weekly. Also, this survey was conducted in 2009. I'll bet people are more willing to admit to masturbation since then.


Women In Middle Age Keep Masturbating

And, according to the same survey, 35 to 38 percent of women aged 40 to 60 masturbate monthly.


Seniors Masturbate As Well

Women aged 70 and up, according to the same survey, are still feeling themselves. In fact, approximately 26 percent of senior women masturbate monthly. Hell to the yeah, seniors!


There's An App For Female Masturbation

The company HappyPlayTime, founded by Tina Gong is an app designed to remove the stigma of female masturbation. From lessons in anatomy to mini masturbation games teaching you how-to, the HappyPlayTime app is designed for millennial women to shed the shame of self-pleasure through the science of technology.


A Nun Wrote A Book Praising Female Masturbation

Yale professor of ethics and nun, Sister Margaret Farley, wrote a book called Just Love, a Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics, to give Christian women the go-ahead to self-pleasure. This radical book drew criticism from the Vatican, but also makes a solid argument for every woman's right to feel herself. Most people think about religion and science as oppositional. I, on the other hand, think religion and science go hand-in-hand because the universe is a vast mystery that begs for explanation.

So, while society might have all kinds of opinions about your masturbation habits, remember that it's your body, and your pleasure. So, do it as frequently as you wish.