Female masturbation is often seen as a taboo subject. Despite research showing that women masturbate as frequently as men, it's still not a topic that all females openly discuss. The Swedes have even created a new term for female masturbation in an attempt to stop women from being put off talking about the topic by the usual male-associated words. We spoke to women about their own experiences of masturbation and got some expert tips on how to make things work for you, including from Strawberry Siren, former Miss Burlesque Australia and the creator of the Pussy Play Masterclass, a workshop on the art of playing with yourself. Understanding the different bits of your body is the first step towards successful stimulation. Lisa Lister, author and creator of wellness website The Sassy She says that getting to know your body, and not getting hung up on terminology, is the best approach.
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A heads up that this article is about masturbation, so if that's not something you want to read about right now, maybe check out some of our other sex and relationships stories. If that seems like a forward question, you might have missed our article about "the masturbation gap" and it's probably a good place to start. What it will tell you is that the stats are clear. There's plenty of jacking off and not enough jilling off. When it comes to sexual self-pleasure, women are missing out compared to men.
Melissa Kang does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Masturbating has always seemed to be acceptable for boys, but less commonly discussed among girls. Is it normal for girls to masturbate and are there any health consequences?
Girls might also like to touch their breasts and nipples. Every girl is different and only she can work out what feels best for her. When a girl becomes aroused, vaginal fluid can increase and her vagina gets wet and slippery. The lips of her vulva the labia can start to feel more sensitive and they get a little bit bigger and may darken in colour.