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What is a normal amount of masturbation?

Expert:   Logan Levkoff Ph.D, Sex Educator »

Masturbation is a very healthy part of life, and no one can say what's really a "normal" amount. But there's more to consider.

Transcript: Masturbation is a very healthy part of life, and no one can say what’s really a “normal” amount.BUT, if excessive sessions, as in four times a day or more, are getting in the way of your actual sex life or life itself, then maybe you’re masturbating too much. Some people actually PREFER to masturbate over having sex with a partner –but this preference COULD indicate underlying psychological issues.Masturbation is often a part of a couples’ healthy sex life. And studies HAVE shown that couples with great sex lives tend to masturbate MORE than single people, resulting in increased sexual confidence and overall self-esteem. According to a study conducted by the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University, [GFX shows IU logo w/copy: Center for Sexual Health Promotion] which looked at the masturbating habits of about a thousand men between18 and 60, 33 percent said they masturbated 1 to 3 times a week, while 4 percent admitted to getting hands on daily and 28 percent didn’t touch themselves once. As to WHY people masturbate, 63 percent of the men in the sample said they masturbated to feel a little sexual pleasure while 53 percent did it to have a full-blown orgasm and 12 percent masturbated out of SHEER BOREDOM. A study conducted by the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University [GFX shows IU logo w/copy: Center for Sexual Health Promotion] found that of about two thousand women aged 18-60 surveyed, 15 percent masturbated 1 to 3 times a week, while 52 percent DIDN’T pleasure themselves ONCE. As for daily masturbation, the women in this study just didn’t. The reasons women masturbate differ slightly from men. More than half of the women surveyed said they did it for an orgasm, while 34 percent relied on masturbation for relaxation and 22 percent to fall asleep. More »

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