Masturbation is a taboo topic in some cultures, yet it's the most common sex act performed.

Masturbation is one of the most common sexual activities, but there is such a strong stigma associated with it. Most people have masturbated at some point in time in their lives, but because of social norms, many won’t admit to it. The Internet has been a great place for people to share questions, answers, and information about the often taboo topic.


1. According to a 2002 study, 44 percent of undergraduate students masturbated on average 4.7 times per month.

2. Using saliva as a lubricant for sex can disrupt the bacteria in a vagina, which can cause yeast infections.

3. The vibrator was invented by a doctor to cure hysteria — instead of the doctor using their hands, they would use the device.

4. Women who have higher levels of testosterone are more inclined to masturbate.

5. In Japan, it’s illegal to make sex toys that resemble a penis. This is why the rabbit vibrator was invented.

6. Humans are not the only species to masturbate; birds, horses, and apes also self-please.

7. Masturbation can help to relieve different types of pain, including menstrual cramps.

8. There are three types of female orgasms: clitoral, vaginal, and a combination of both.

9. The average female orgasm lasts for 20 seconds.


1. According to a 2002 study, 98 percent of undergraduate students said they masturbated. This was, on average, 12 times a month.

2. Men in a good mood have a memory bias against masturbation — they don’t remember the last time they committed the act.

3. Masturbating is good for improving sexual endurance because you’re able to control your body and understand your body when you’re alone.

4. Despite common knowledge, men can orgasm before they physically ejaculate.

5. Self-congratulating can improve sperm quality in men with fertility problems.

6. There’s an online group of people on Reddit who support each other against masturbating.


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