The entire month of May is International Masturbation Month; an entire month dedicated to self-love. It allows us to remind both men and women that although masturbation isn’t spoken about freely, it is the most universal of all kinds of sex and it is a privilege and a right that should be celebrated by all.  International Masturbation Month is an opportunity for us to emphasise the importance of masturbation for both men and women, as it is natural, common and most of all…fun!  

Use your imagination

Use your imagination

A recent survey by Ann Summers* revealed that 51% of women masturbate once a week, with 38% relieving stress by having some ‘alone time’. Masturbating has been proven to boost confidence and body image, but that’s just amongst some of the benefits as it also, improves sleep, blood flow and reduces stress; even preventing depression.  

Sexpert, Eve Fifer says:

“There’s no time like the present to enjoy some quality ‘me’ time! Masturbation month is a celebration of self-love and taking your own pleasure, quite literally, into your own hands. The acceptance of masturbation has come a long way, particularly for women, so it’s amazing that 51% will confidently admit to masturbating once a week, with a further 87% noting that they will use a sex toy.”

“Masturbating is a form of self-expression. It is also vitally important to our overall health.  Orgasms create a rush of endorphins within the brain, which as mentioned previously has multiple health benefits for both men and women.”

Top 5 tips for women masturbating

Girl, (Un)interrupted

Before you get started… relax! You don’t need to dive straight into the main event. Create your own foreplay, light some candles or perhaps enjoy a long bubble bath. Remember, this is all about YOU!

Use your imagination

Let your imagination run wild. Fantasise about a kinky situation, a time when you’ve had insanely good sex, watch some porn or read a sexy novel to turn yourself on. The more turned on you are, the better your orgasm will be.

The Touch of my Hand

Begin the build up to the ‘big O’ by getting to know your body better. Use a feather-light touch to slowly stroke up and down your thighs and begin applying gentle pressure to your nipples.

Lube up

Lube isn’t designed just to combat dryness, it’s a massively underrated product that can literally heat up any solo session. Extra lubrication is never a bad thing, and it can increase your comfort, libido and pleasure. 

Meet your new best friend the clitoris

Many women need direct clitoral stimulation to reach an orgasm. Start by indirectly rubbing around the clitoral area in circular motions, building up the pressure and speed slowly as the pleasure intensifies. If you need a little help, consider introducing a vibrator into the mix. Bullet vibrators are ideal for beginners, as their small size makes them absolutely perfect for targeting the clit.