It’s likely not a surprise to you that men masturbate more frequently than women do, but now there are actual stats to prove it—thanks to Indiana University’s National Survey Of Sexual Health And Behaviourès recent report.
Depending on your own self-pleasuring habits, the titillating facts will either shock or mildly interest you. Regarding the highest-frequency masturbators, 5% of women ages 25-29 engage in solo sessions more than 4 times a week, while 20.1% of men do. The gap closes in for those who reported masturbating multiple times a month, with 21.5% of women ages 25-29 and 25.4% of men in that same age group. But the disparity generally remains the same throughout our lives, with women coming in at least 10-15 percentage points behind men in each category. Another stat: The older we get, the more likely we are to report not masturbating at all, ever (and that’s true for both men and women). Read the fivethirtyeight.com story to see even more sexy intel.
Studies have shown that there are tons of physical and mental upsides to masturbating: not only does it zap stress and anxiety, women who please themselves have higher self-esteem better body image, and a more active sex life than women who don’t. Plus, there are so many reasons why masturbating can be even better than sex: for starters, you don’t have to wait until someone else is in the mood, you don’t have to shave or dress sexy, and you definitely don’t have to think about anybody else’s needs but your own. Want to help narrow the gap between male and female self-pleasurers? A little experimentation will do wonders for your solo sex life: try a vibrator, a dildo, or even your showerhead. And if you give yourself one gift this year, consider making it finding your own G-spot (if you haven’t already).