What is masturbation?
Masturbation is the exploration and stimulation of one's self. It may include touching of genitals and may or may not result in an orgasm. Masturbation is an integral part of a healthy sexual life. It is common between partners as well as individually. Masturbation increases comfort with one's body as it is an opportunity to explore it and discover pleasurable areas. People of all ages masturbate and it's often the first sexual experience they have. Not everybody enjoys masturbating and there's no reason to do it if you don't want to.

What are the benefits of masturbation?
Masturbation is a way to get to know your body and what pleases you. This can improve your self-esteem. It also provides a sense of wellbeing, and at the same time it does not harm anyone. Sexual pleasure can alleviate bad moods. Masturbation can thus be a form of stress relief and can help people with sleeping problems. Masturbation is pleasurable for people of all ages. It is important to masturbate in a space where you are not interrupted, or else this can cause uneasiness in other people. Locally, it is illegal to masturbate in public.

If other people involved, it is important to cover toys with condoms to reduce the risk of Sexually Transmitted Infections. Some people also use sex toys to increase their pleasure or fulfil their sexual fantasies. Do not use toys that can cause damage to the body and never insert them into your body as they might get stuck.

Are there any risks when masturbating?
Masturbation is safe and completely healthy. The only thing that can happen with masturbation is friction burn, especially when it is done frequently. NO other unhealthy outcomes can occur.

However, STIs can be transmitted to others through any fluid from your genitals, such as semen, from your fingers, or any other way.