How People Use Masturbation To Improve Their Health, According To A New Survey

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For all its benefits, talking about masturbation remains a pretty strong taboo. We know masturbation helps relieve stress and helps us sleep, but even if it didn't do all that, it still feels pretty dang good. A new survey shows the many different ways people use masturbation to improve their health, and it couldn't come (ahem) at a better time.

It’s Masturbation May, the month we celebrate getting ourselves off! Started in 1995 by Carol Queen of the San Francisco-based sex toy shop Good Vibrations, Masturbation May is all about breaking down the taboo of self-pleasure. In fact, Queen and her team decided to launch Masturbation May way before the idea of a viral online campaign even existed because U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders lost her job after saying this about masturbation: “I think it is something that is part of human sexuality and a part of something that perhaps should be taught.” Fortunately, in 2019, Americans are more open about masturbation — and its benefits — than ever before.

To investigate how people around the world feel about self-pleasure, the sex toy company TENGA surveyed 10,000 people in nine countries: the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Japan, China, Taiwan, and South Korea. I looked specifically at the report for the United States to find out how Americans feel about masturbation and sex toys. How does they help? Are people into them? Here's what the survey found.