Student Health and Wellness Services


Masturbation, or the act of touching yourself for sexual stimulation and pleasure, is normal whether you’re sexually active or not. There are many misconceptions associated with masturbation. Here are some Frequently Asked Questions:

Yes! Although many people don’t talk about it, a lot of people masturbate regardless of their gender, age or sexual orientation. You should never feel guilty to ashamed about masturbation. It’s normal and most people do it.

Yes! Research has shown that masturbation can

  • Release sexual tension
  • Reduce stress
  • Improve sleep quality
  • Improve your self-esteem and body image
  • Help treat sexual problems
  • Relieve menstrual cramps and muscle tension
  • Strengthen muscle tone in your pelvic and anal area
  • Help you determine what you like sexually

Only if it gets in the way of your responsibilities such as school, work, and social life. If you feel masturbation has become a problem, we recommend talking to a counselor or therapist.

Nope! Masturbating while you’re in a relationship may help you figure out what you like and this can be communicated to your partner(s). There is also no risk of getting pregnant or an STI if you masturbate.

  • Wash your hands before touching your penis, vulva, vagina or anus.
  • Use a lubrication-checking if the lubrication is water based, silicone based or oil based. Remember, oil based lube breaks down the material of the condoms and silicone toys should not be used with silicone lube.
  • Clean your sex toys before and after use. Use a condom on your sex toy to prevent the spread of STIs. Condoms should be changed whenever the toy is used by another partner. Don’t share sex toys with multiple partners without cleaning/using new condoms every time.

If you would like printed resources on the topic of sexual health and masturbation, call the Bronco Wellness Center at 909-869-5272 to request materials.

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