Fun facts about Masturbation! Statistics, and health benefits

Fun facts about Masturbation!
Statistics, and health benefits

To most of us masturbation is a natural, healthy and fun part of life. Below are some stats and fun facts on
one of our favorite evening activities!

Percentage of people who masturbate by Gender

The stats suggest that Men are more likely to masturbate than women with a difference of roughly 6% between both groups. Studies have shown that both cultural and biological factors may account for this. Women tend to start masturbating later in life than men, and tend to have a lower sex drive. On top of that, culturally women have been encouraged to be more modest and secretive about their bodies which may dissuade them from masturbation. In our opinion this is not a great thing because of the many benefits of masturbation (Other than the obvious) which we’ll discuss later in this article!

Masturbation numbers between age groups

Age is just a number right? While the numbers do drop off as people age most significantly in people over 50, a large number of people will continue enjoying themselves no matter how old they are!

Time spent masturbating per year

Men spend nearly a full day’s worth of time masturbating than women do, though both men and women spend roughly the same amount of time on a single self indulgent session. The differences in time spent may be accounted for by men’s differing sex drives.

Masturbation frequency across regions in the UK

WOMEN

SOUTH EAST

LONDON

WALES

WEST MIDLANDS

SCOTLAND

YORKSHIRE

NORTH EAST

NORTHERN IRELAND

EAST MIDLANDS

NORTH WEST

EAST OF ENGLAND

SOUTH WEST

MASTURBATION FREQUENCY / Week

7

5

4

4

3

2

2

2

1

1

1

1

MEN

LONDON

SCOTLAND

WALES

SOUTH EAST

EAST OF ENGLAND

WEST MIDLANDS

YORKSHIRE

SOUTH WEST

NORTH EAST

NORTHERN IRELAND

EAST MIDLANDS

NORTH WEST

MASTURBATION FREQUENCY / Week

6

5

5

4

4

4

3

3

2

2

2

1

Looking at masturbation frequency by location we see much higher numbers towards the south east side of the UK, and wales! Perhaps masturbation acts as a neat stress reliever in these busy places? It’s also interesting to note the numbers for women in the south east, which actually exceeds the numbers for men!

How we get in the mood!

Like with all fine arts masturbation doesn’t usually happen without some inspiration! The majority of people make use of the internet’s plentiful supply of pornographic videos, with more than two thirds of men citing pornography as their main turn on. Women will generally be interested in more varied ways of setting the mood with erotic stories and sexual fantasies being more common turn ons for ladies. Women are also more likely to fantasize about strangers, partners, and even exes! Both men and women are likely to have good friends they’re pining after!

Hands or Toys?

Sex toys are a great way to intensify your solo fun! While most people seem to be satisfied just using their hands, studies show that a sex toy is a great way to enhance your solo experience. A staggeringly low number of men make use of sex toys with only one tenth regularly using them while masturbating (If you were interested in raising that number we have you covered!). The numbers also show that only 12% of regular toy users have a collection of three or more.

Is masturbation better than sex?

Short answer: Usually no, but the stats reveal that quite a number of people prefer to fly solo! 24% of women and 16% of men prefer masturbation. 8% more women prefer masturbation than men. The participants in the study were then asked which of the below aspects they most enjoyed about masturbation when compared to sex, with some intriguing results particularly in the female camp.

Much to men’s dismay women reported greater satisfaction and better orgasms from masturbation than they did from sex. For men sex was considered to be better than masturbation in every category.

Health Benefits, and busting myths!

Not that you need much further incentive to masturbate… But research suggests that masturbation is unambiguously great for your health. There are a lot of myths that suggest that masturbation can have negative side effects, but these myths tend to be unsubstantiated or outright contradicted by the science.

Myths about masturbation range from extreme to outright bizarre. Some examples are listed below!

  • Infertility
  • Harmful Addiction
  • physical weakness
  • mental illness
  • Low sperm counts
  • Blindness
  • Penis curvature
  • hairy palms
  • Genital shrinking

It’s also been stated that people who masturbate while in a relationship are doing so because their partners are failing to satisfy them, which is another fun little falsehood. Couples have even been known to masturbate together, which is a marvelous activity for both partners.

The science shows that masturbation has a vast number of health benefits, especially for women. The release of endorphins in the body that are produced from masturbating actually boosts the mental health of the people who do it. Masturbation has been shown to do the following:

  • reduce stress
  • help to ease depression
  • lower blood pressure
  • help people sleep better,
  • reduce sexual tension
  • increase self esteem and body positivity

This of course, directly contradicts the idea that masturbation harms ones mental health. Another interesting related side effects is that masturbation can help to reduce pain, in women it can relieve pain from menstrual cramps.

The hormone cortisol released during masturbation has been connected to strengthening the immune system. On top of this, masturbation has further positive side effects when it comes to fighting disease! People who masturbate tend to have reduced risk the following things:

  • bladder infection
  • diabetes
  • prostate cancer
  • in women it can prevent urinary infections

Further fitness benefits include the toning of muscles in the pelvic and anal areas! So much for physical weakness right?

The accusation of masturbation being addictive is a claim that’s a little harder to respond to. Masturbation may indeed be somewhat addictive, but such a thing has rarely been shown to interfere with the lives of
responsible masturbators.

To conclude, I think it’s fair to say that there are many great reasons to regularly self love! (Even aside from the obvious!) and that many of the myths put out to oppose masturbation fail when put under the microscope.