11 Masturbation Tips To Help You Have Stronger Orgasms, According To Experts

Andrew Zaeh for Bustle

One of the best things about masturbation is that there's no "wrong" or "right" way to do it: as long as it feels good and helps you feel sexually connected to yourself, it doesn't really matter how you choose to masturbate. But even if you feel like you know exactly what works for you already, that doesn't mean you can't still improve the way you masturbate. Taking the time to learn how to masturbate to have stronger orgasms is a super valuable skill that can seriously improve your sex life, both solo and with a partner.

"When we think about having hotter, more fulfilling sex, we tend to focus on partnered sex alone," Astroglide's resident sexologist Dr. Jess O'Reilly tells Bustle. "That’s a shame considering the fact that self-pleasure is often our first foray into sex, and most of us orgasm for the very first time while masturbating."

However, while orgasms can certainly feel amazing, for many women, it's difficult (and in some cases, impossible) to reach orgasm. As such, having an orgasm shouldn't be the end-all-be-all goal of masturbation — particularly when there are many other benefits of masturbation that shouldn't be discounted. "When it comes to sex, we tend to be an orgasm-focused culture," sex educator Lola Jean tells Bustle. "When constantly aiming to achieve a goal, one may forget about the journey along the way. Masturbation does not have to culminate with an orgasm. Stress reduction, aiding boredom, cramps, and finding new pleasure pathways can all be results of your self-love."

If you're looking to improve your solo sex life and learn to have bigger, stronger orgasms along the way, here are 11 expert masturbation tips that can help you enjoy the experience of self-love, from start to the big finish — and every step in between.