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Updated 02 October 2015

Health24 readers' questions about masturbation

We have the answers to those questions about masturbation you might be too shy to ask.

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Some Health24 readers aren't afraid to admit to going solo in the bedroom and have consulted our sexologist, Dr Marelize Swart, for some advice on masturbation - how often, what's safe, wet dreams and more.

Here are her tips that might come in handy the next time you participate in a one-man love show.

1. How often is it safe to masturbate?

"Masturbation itself, regardless of frequency, is very normal as long as it does not cut into your work or relationship time," says Dr Swart.

She explains what is considered a normal amount of masturbation based on the results from a sexual health survey.

Read: How often is it safe to masturbate?

2. What should you do when you masturbate?

If you don't know exactly how to show yourself some love, or if you're looking for some pointers on how to heat things up when "you're playing the skin flute", check out these suggestions for single-handed pleasure by our sexologist, Dr Marelize Swart.

Read: How to masturbate

3. Does masturbation help improve orgasms?

Dr Swart suggests that one of the best and easiest ways to improve your orgasms during masturbation or sex is to breathe deeply from the moment you start engaging in the sexual act.

She says that to experience better orgasms one should not concentrate on climaxing but rather just savour the pleasure you experience at each moment.

Read: Does masturbation lead to better orgasms?

4. Are nocturnal emissions ("wet dreams") linked to masturbation?

Dr Swart explains to a reader, who experiences nocturnal emission around 3 times per week, that it is completely normal especially if you do not masturbate or engage in sex regularly enough.

Read her full answer on nocturnal emission: Masturbation and nocturnal emission

5. Body pains after masturbating

If you've experienced aches and pains after masturbating then you are not alone. One woman complains of experiencing neck pain after masturbation and Dr Swart explains what the possible reason could be.

Read: Why masturbation could lead to body pain

Read more:

Celebrities who love to masturbate

Masturbation is good for you

Masturbation vs. real sex

 
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