Masturbation is probably one of the most popular topics here at Gurl. We’re big advocates of girls feeling comfortable and unashamed of their bodies and sexuality, so we try to give you all the info you need to embark on that journey. But we often get questions from our readers worried that they’re not doing it right or that they’re freaks for wanting to do it in the first place.
Chill out, ladies! Breathe in, breathe out and check out these seven things you have to know before you start masturbating. Good luck!
There's No Right Or Wrong Way To Do It...Within ReasonYou don't have to shove anything inside of yourself to get turned on or have an orgasm. In fact, for most female bodied folks, clitoral stimulation is a lot more of a turn on than anything else. But you've got to listen to your body and find out what it likes instead of wondering if you're doing something right or wrong. Just don't do anything that hurts too badly or anything unsanitary. Use your common sense and you'll be golden. Source: Not Another Teen Movie/Columbia Pictures
Don't Feel GuiltyI know, women in particular have been raised to have a ton of guilt about exploring their sexuality. It can be tough at first, but you've got to throw your worries out the window. At the end of the day you're just touching your privates in a way that feels good. That doesn't sound so awful, does it? Source: Shutterstock
A Lot More Girls Do It Than You RealizeSeriously, masturbation isn't just a boy thing at all. Girls do it too. Your friends probably do it. Your classmates probably do it, too. So many people you interact with on a daily basis probably do it. It can be awkward talking to your friends about it, but if you break the ice you might realize that you and your friends have a ton to talk about! Bond over it, don't be scared about it! Source: Some Girls/BBC
Find Out What Turns You OnYou might find that it is easier to get in the mood if you're reading something arousing. Or maybe you have to listen to really relaxing music. Whatever it is, figuring it out will make it way easier to go about your business downstairs. Source: Shutterstock
Masturbation Is A Great Way To Figure Out What You Want With A Partner, TooIf you're getting intimate with a partner, it's a lot easier to have a good time with some below the waist action if you know what below the waist action you like in the first place. Otherwise, your partner is going to make assumptions and nothing is going to feel that great. Getting some one-on-one time with your body isn't just beneficial to you! It's beneficial to your relationship, too! Source: Daria/MTV
If At First You Don't Succeed, Try, Try Again!You're probably going to have a moment in which you try to get things going down there and...nothing works. You aren't broken, it just takes longer for some people to get the hang of than others. Trust me, nothing is wrong with you, it just takes time and patience. It'll happen, seriously. Source: My Mad Fat Diary/E4
Remember That There Are Benefits To MasturbatingOrgasms are great and all, but when they do more than just feel good they're even better! There are some serious health benefits to masturbation. Masturbation can help ease menstrual cramps and can even help you go to sleep if you suffer from sleep problems or insomnia. It might even help build up a resistance to yeast infections! Masturbation is magic, y'all. Source: Shutterstock
What else is important to remember? What are some ridiculous masturbation myths that you’ve grown up hearing? Tell us in the comments!