May is International Masturbation Month, apparently, which means that sexperts are sharing their knowledge far and wide on the subject of self-pleasure.
And, while self-love is known to be natural for both sexes, up to 20% of women report that they have never masturbated – and some don’t even know how!
Sex therapist and sexologist, Isiah McKimmie, shed some light on why this might be.
Firstly, Isiah claimed that masturbation has been decided in cave paintings and was documented by the Greeks and Romans.
However, only one in four women practice it regularly and many of Isiah’s clients have admitted they don’t know how to.
Speaking to news.com.au, the expert said: “While masturbation is a completely natural human behaviour, recognised in almost every culture on earth, there’s still immense taboo surrounding the practice, especially for women.
“Male masturbation has been spoken of and depicted on screen (remember that famous apple pie or There’s Something About Mary hair gel scenes?) far more often than female masturbation, which has been largely kept in the dark.”
She noted that there are a number of cultural myths which push the idea that women have lower sex drives and that sex is for pleasing partners and not themselves.
Isiah added: “Additionally, women are faced with the label of ‘s**t’ when they want or enjoy sex too much.
“It’s no wonder we’re often shy to explore that part of ourselves.
“Incidentally, Masturbation Month itself began as a declared International Masturbation Day in 1995 in honour of US Surgeon General, Joycelyn Elders, who was fired the year prior for suggesting that masturbation be included in sex education.”
The therapist claimed that masturbation is suggested by experts to help women who struggle to reach orgasm as it can teach them about what they like.
And, it’s a great stress buster.
If you don’t know where to get started, Isiah recommended trying the platform Climax which has studied over 90,000 women and their masturbation techniques.
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The site was made to help women with step-by-step videos of popular methods such as “the Envelope technique”.
The founder Laurène Dorléac said: “There’s clearly a gap in women’s understanding of their bodies, leading them to miss out on pleasure.
“We believe sexual enjoyment is something that can be learned.”
Isiah explained that you should start slowly and let go of any expectations.
Then, once you know what you’re doing, masturbation can boost libido and improve your sex life.