Masturbation is the one activity in which the second largest number of females engages both before and after marriage. In coitus, females may be delayed or completed prevented from the most specific and quickest means of achieving orgasm.
Masturbation has not been as frequent and regular a source of sexual outlet for females as it has been for the males. Many males are inclined to overestimate the incidence and frequencies of masturbation among females. In females, masturbation may or may not be pursued to point of orgasm, and it may not have orgasm as its objective. Erotic satisfaction and some release from erotic tension are its objective.
Most of the females discover how to masturbation as a result of the exploration of their own genitalia. Females do not discuss their sexual experience in the open way as males do. Many female do not begin masturbation till the age of thirty while most of males begin masturbation after the onset of adolescence. About 94 percent of males masturbate, while only 62 percent of females masturbate at some time in the course of their lives.
There is higher incidence of masturbation among the older females since there is an actual increase in erotic responsiveness at older ages, reduction of inhibition and they might have learnt by experience of obtaining similar satisfaction though self –masturbation. This is in contrast to males who reach their peak incidence in teenage. In elderly, females as the estrogen level falls, the sex stimulating testosterone hormone (produced by suprarenals) level increases.
Some women who fail to reach orgasm in coitus are then stimulated manually by their husbands, or they masturbate themselves until they reach orgasm. Some of the married females , on the other hand, confine their masturbation to period when their husbands are away from home.
The frequency of masturbation in single females is once in every two to three weeks and in married females it is once in a month. There is individual variation in any type of sexual activity. There are some females who regularly masturbate to the point of orgasm several times in immediate succession as often as 10 to 20 and even more times within single hour.
Many women, often fear, that masturbation would do them physical harm, and consider it morally wrong and biologically abnormal. The scientific truth is that masturbation does not harm in any way. Females choose more types of technique of masturbation than males do.
Females most frequently involve in manipulation of clitoris is and /or labia minor. Clitoris is a small bud-like structure-a homologue of male penis, which is located at the upper end of vertical cleft of female genitalia. Labia minor is the paired inner lips and represent body of the penis in male. In masturbation, the females usually moves a finger gently and rhythmically over the sensitive areas, or applies rhythmic or steady pressure with several of her fingers or with her whole hand. Frequently one or two fingers are moved forward between the labia in manner, which brings each stroke against the clitoris. Sometimes the labia are gently and rhythmically pulled to stimulate them. Because these structures are attached to the clitoris. She simultaneously stimulates the organ. Occasionally, her heel or some other object is used to press on the sensitive areas. Clitoris and labia minor are the portions of genitalia which are best supplied with the end organs of touch.
Females do not masturbate by penetration of vagina, since walls of vagina are practically without nerves, although there may be some sensory nerves close to the entrance of vagina. Deep vaginal penetration is men’s fantasy and is not the sexual need of women. Major lips of female genitals are involved in masturbation much less frequently. The above mentioned techniques are used by 84 percent of females; while 10 percent of females masturbate by crossing their legs and pressing them to exert steady and rhythmic pressure on the whole genital area. Such pressure affects the clitoris, labia minora and majora.
During masturbation the female may lie face down or with her knees drawn against her belly. Her buttocks may then move rhythmically forward and against each other. In face down position, the female presses her genitalia the bed or against a pillow, which is placed under her pelvis or between her pelvis or between her thighs. Thus, the clitoris and other portions of genitals are stimulated.
The speed with which the orgasm is achieved through the use of such technique is equal or superior to that with which orgasm may be achieved by any other method. Nipples of the breast are erotically sensitive in nearly half of the females. The females may stimulate them with her hand simultaneously while manipulating her genitals. Breast stimulation alone is not sufficient to effect orgasm.
In connection with the above-mentioned techniques of masturbation, most of the females make only occasional vaginal insertion by their finger. Females do not use dildoes as men imagine. Unlike males, females do not fantasize about coitus while masturbating. Females masturbate for the sake of immediate satisfaction and as a means of resolving physiologic disturbances, which arise when they are aroused sexually. After masturbation they function more efficiently in their everyday affairs. Some females believe that pimples, mental dullness, poor posture, stomach upsets, ovarian pains, infections, weak eyes, headaches and several ailments are due to masturbation. Physicians have not been able to relate these disturbances to masturbation. Thus masturbation is a safe sexual outlet for females as well as for males.
Fatigue after masturbation is like that which follows after any other activity utilizing energy. They recover from exhaustion within a matter of minutes or after a night of sleep. Research on sex have come to a conclusion that the tremendous amount of damage done is due to the worry over masturbation and attempts to abstain from this activity, rather than the activity itself. When no guilt, anxiety or fear is involved, the physical satisfaction due to sexual activity leaves an individual well adjusted psychologically
It has been observed that premarital experience in masturbation actually contributes to the female’s better capacity to respond during coitus after her marriage. It has been experienced by many women that premenstrual pain is relieved after masturbation. The reason is that as a result of orgasm achieved through masturbation, the blood flow in the genital area is diverted to the rest of the body and the congestion of blood that causes pain is relieved. It has also been observed that if a female gets orgasm during coitus chances of pregnancy increase since the mouth of the uterus opens wider, allowing more sperms flowing in.