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Masturbation is an ideal way to get in touch with yourself — and your sexual desires. Anyone at any age can masturbate, regardless of the kind of genitalia they have. Masturbation can help you explore your body and find out what you like during partnered sex, but masturbation for masturbation’s sake is just as valid and pleasurable.
The first step to masturbating is trying different things. The easiest way to start is by experimenting with your hand and different kinds of touch. Which movements feel good? What kind of pressure or friction is arousing? If your hand isn’t producing the sensation you want, the second step could be trying out a sex toy to heighten your experience. Whether you have a vulva or a penis, there is a sex toy to try out that will vibrate, pulse, suck, or wiggle in just the right way to help you orgasm and/or maximize your enjoyment.
There are many myths about masturbation that aren’t true. You don’t have to be single to masturbate and masturbating won’t make you impotent, infertile, or grow hair on your palms. What masturbation will make you is more in touch with your own body, and more able to know what turns you on and what kinds of stimulation you enjoy.