What is Male Masturbation?

Masturbation (or ‘jerking off’) is the physical stimulation of the sexual organs to produce feelings of pleasure. If you're a male and your body has matured to a certain point, masturbating will eventually result in semen (fluid containing sperm cells, among other things) being expelled from the penis, usually accompanied by a very good whole-body feeling known as orgasm.

At least since Victorian times male masturbation has been shrouded in secrecy and shame, a taboo subject, male self-pleasure has rarely been opened up for sensible discussion or exploration. Indeed some religions, including Catholicism, see jerking offas something sinful and plain wrong. But there is no denying, that it is a great way for the relief of sexual tension and despite the dire warnings of blindness for those who indulge, there is absolutely no harm in discovering the pleasures of male orgasms, in fact it is a powerful and erotic way to safely enjoy sex all on ones own or even in the company of a partner.

Male orgasms techniques are many and varied, and now modern technology is quite literally lending a hand to enhance this most private pleasure with the introduction of sophisticated blowjob machines.

Male self-pleasure is shrouded in so much secrecy and shame. Masturbation for boys is especially embarrassing as they are discovering their own sexuality in a society that hypocritically sees sex as "sinful" (including masturbation). And since you've found this page, I assume that you've released the shame and have accepted male self-pleasure as a tool for naturally releasing sexual tension while exploring the ins-and-outs of your own sexual nature- what turns you on.

Male and Female Masturbation

Masturbation is universal among males past puberty, while only three quarters of females have done so by their 18th birthday. Remember why males masturbate:

1. They enjoy it
2. To release built-up sexual fluids; and
3. To keep their sperm in good condition for fertilization.

These last two reasons amount to a biological imperative for males to masturbate. Females don't share this biological imperative. So the only reason they do it is because they enjoy it. Considered in this light, it's understandable that (1) more males masturbate; and (2) males are more likely to make a regular habit of it.

Jerking Off - when is too much?

Physically, if your penis starts to hurt, you're masturbating too much. Or, if you're finding it takes you a lot longer to reach orgasm than usual, that's another sign. If you can't have orgasm during intercourse, that frequently means you masturbate too much. More practically, the question of how much is too much is determined by averages -- "normal" is a statistical term. As mentioned elsewhere on this site, eight times a week is the response heard most frequently as to how often young males (without partners) masturbate. It's not unusual to hear teenage boys (like those who've just discovered masturbation) doing it twice a day. It's probably safe to say that most people would agree that masturbating more than twice a day is not normal. For males older than 16, even 10 times a week is higher than normal.

What's so special about eight times a week? A lot of males make a point of masturbating every day and then do it a second time once a week or so. Remember, normal doesn't necessarily mean healthy or unhealthy. It might not be unhealthy to masturbate more than twice a day, although it certainly isn't normal. If you masturbate once a day, you're normal in terms of the statistics available about masturbatory frequency.

Another way of considering if you're masturbating too much is if the habit is keeping you from pursuing other sexual outlets. If you find you'd rather masturbate than have sex with a partner, that's a sign you're doing it too much. (Of course, some people have moral reservations about casual sex and it shouldn't be surprising that they masturbate more often than those who are also having sexual intercourse.)

Male Self-Pleasure techniques

Techniques for jerking off are influenced by a number of factors and personal preferences. Techniques may also differ between circumcised and uncircumcised males, as some techniques which may work for one can be quite painful for the other.

The most common technique to induce male orgasms is simply to hold the penis with a loose fist and then to move the hand up and down the shaft until orgasm and ejaculation take place. The speed of the hand motion will vary from person to person, although it is not uncommon for the speed to increase as ejaculation nears and for it to decrease during the ejaculation itself. When uncircumcised, stimulation of the penis in this way comes from the "pumping" of the foreskin. This gliding motion of the foreskin reduces friction. When circumcised, there is more direct contact between the hand and the glans, thus a personal lubricant is sometimes used to reduce friction. Sometimes, if too much pressure is applied, it may be rubbed sore for a time.

Circumcised or not, men may rub or massage the glans, the rim of the glans, and the frenular delta.

Another technique is to place just the index finger and thumb around the penis about halfway along the penis and move the skin up and down. A variation on this is to place the fingers and thumb on the penis as if playing a flute, and then shuttle them back and forth. Another common technique is to lie face down on a comfortable surface such as a mattress or pillow and rub the penis against it until orgasm is achieved. This technique may include the use of a simulacrum, or artificial vagina.

There are many other variations on male orgasms techniques. Some men place both hands directly on their penis during masturbation, while others use their free hand to fondle their testicles, nipples, or other parts of their body. Some may keep their hand stationary while pumping into it with pelvic thrusts in order to simulate the motions of sexual intercourse. Others may also use vibrators and other sexual devices more commonly associated with female masturbation. A few extremely flexible males can reach and stimulate their penis with their tongue or lips, and so perform autofellatio.

The prostate gland is one of the organs that contributes fluid to semen. As the prostate is touch-sensitive, some directly stimulate it using a well-lubricated finger or dildo inserted through the anus into the rectum. Stimulating the prostate from outside, via pressure on the perineum, can be pleasurable as well. Some men, also, enjoy anal stimulation, with fingers or otherwise, without any prostate stimulation.

Semen is sometimes ejaculated onto a tissue or some other item.

A somewhat controversial ejaculation control technique is to put pressure on the perineum, about halfway between the scrotum and the anus, just before ejaculating. This can, however, redirect semen into the bladder (referred to as retrograde ejaculation).

Masturbation education

We live in a highly sexual world. The media saturates us with suggestive messages in movies, music, and television. The adage of "sex sells" practically drives the advertising industry. It's no wonder that regions and countries dominated by abstinence-only education also have high rates of unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

Teaching masturbation as a safe and convenient release for sexual tension (in addition to long term reproductive system health), mutual masturbation as a safe and legitimate way to share intimacy with someone, and condoms as a solid barrier between bodies is a practical approach to reducing both unwanted pregnancies and STDs. The more we learn about STDs, and the less squeamish we get about our minds and bodies, the better off we can all be.

If you're a parent, talk with your children about safe sex options. Surveys have shown younger and younger kids becoming sexually active, both independently and with partners. Sharing age-appropriate information with them is a great investment you can make in their lives and works a lot better than keeping your eyes closed and hoping for the best.