'Stimulating ones genitals, or other erogenous zones, so as to give ones self pleasure'.
Note that no mention of 'how' or exactly 'where' is made and, importantly, orgasm is not seen as being a defining element of the act.
- Its pleasurable - it had to be number one!
- It helps you relax - safer than tranquillizers, cheaper than alcohol and no side effects.
- It helps you get to sleep if you are suffering from insomnia
- It can make you feel 'energized' and focused, making study or concentration related tasks easier
- It gives a degree of relief from the physical discomforts many feel during periods
- It allows you to find out what you like so that you can share your needs with a partner and have better sex
- It is always available when sexual tensions need releasing - not always true of partner sex
- It allows you to have as much gratification as you want, when you want it and at your speed - partner sex cannot compete
- It takes the pressure off your partner as he/she is not the only source of your orgasms
- It is the one form of sex with no risk of disease, pregnancy or emotional upset
- It fits in with your life - unlike partner sex
- It often results in more powerful and longer orgasms than other forms of sex.
- It allows you to fantasies and act as you want - please yourself not your partner
- No partner/audience (usually) means you can be less inhibited in your use of toys and any other item you may personally find erotic
- You can do it at your pace and can spread it out as long as you want. Longer periods of pre-orgasmic arousal can often result in better and more satisfying orgasms.
- It saves time when you need an orgasm - no need to find a partner - and less risk of getting involved with a jerk just because you are desperate.
- It's free!
- Masturbation to the point of orgasm appears to put less strain on the heart as measured by an increase in heart rate than doe’s partner activity that results in orgasm.