Masturbation

Masturbation is a normal and healthy way to get sexual pleasure. It generally involves touching your genitals or sexual organs with objects such as your hand, vibrators and sex toys. Some of the slang terms for masturbation are:

  • Jacking off
  • Jilling off
  • Jerking off
  • Spanking the monkey
  • Self-love

The majority of people masturbate including people of all genders, abilities, sexualities, ethnicities, cultures, religions and ages. Masturbation:

  • Feels good
  • Allows a person to explore their body and find out what feels good
  • Provides a safe way to experience sexual pleasure without putting yourself at risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or pregnancy
  • Allow a person to become more comfortable with their own sexuality
  • Relives stress and helps a person relax

Some people masturbate several times a day, some a few times a week, and others every once in a while. Everyone is different and it's important to find out what feels right to you. The bottom line is that if you decide to masturbate, that's healthy and normal. If you decide not to masturbate, that's healthy and normal also. It's all about your own comfort level and you are the only person who can decide that for yourself.

 

SEX TOYS 

 

Share Pleasure Rather Than Bacteria

If you share sex toys (dildos, vibrators and other toys), covering vibrators and other sex toys with condoms can help you have safer sex. Plastics, rubber and silicone can be hard to clean properly and are great places for bacteria to grow and viruses to hide. It's quite simple - to prevent infections from passing from person to person put a fresh condom on the sex toy every time you change users (partners).

Keep It Clean

It's important to clean your sex toys before and after use or you run the risk of getting an infection. When buying a toy find out what it's made of, since its material and the presence of a motor will determine how it's washed. Look at the packaging, often instructions for use and directions for cleaning the toy can be found on the product packaging. If you are still unsure on the best way to clean your toy, consider the following:

  • For motorized toys made of silicone, CyberSkin, glass, stainless steel, or wood use mild soap and a damp cloth to wipe the toy clean. Be careful not to use too much sudsing for the CyberSkin toys as excessive suds can damage the sensitive material.
  • Toys made of hard plastic, elastomer, thermoplastic elastomer (TPR) or jelly rubber are made of porous materials that are hard to clean and can still contain bacteria even after washing with soap and water. Always place a condom on this type of product to prevent possible infection.
  • Non-motorized toys made of silicone, Pyrex, stainless steel, or stone can be placed in boiling water for eight to 10 minutes for a deeper clean.

Always use a condom if you are going to share your toys with a partner and remember to change the condoms between partners. You can also place a condom or an oral dam between the vibrator and the skin to avoid transmission of certain STI's. Once the toy is squeaky-clean dry it off completely with a clean paper towel and store it in a case or silk bag to protect it from other bacteria-laden items.

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