How much do men and women masturbate?

How much do men and women masturbate?

"Don’t mess with masturbation. It’s making love to someone I love." These are Woody Allen’s words that serve to take a little iron out of a pleasant activity that has nothing negative, rather the opposite.

The National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior (NSSHB) from Indiana University, between March and May 2009, collected data from 5,865 Americans between 14 and 94 years of age regarding masturbation. The survey was submitted anonymously and online to ensure that people lied less. The results can be seen in the following table:



On average, 78 percent of respondents aged 14 and over say they have masturbated at some point in their lives . Doing it very often does not reflect any problem, as long as that activity does not rob us of time for things that we consider more important.

When 30-year-old men were asked if they had ever masturbated in their lives, 93.4 percent said yes . 80.3 percent of women in their 30s say they have ever masturbated. One explanation for the differences between age groups could be that masturbation has become more prevalent as taboos on masturbation itself have weakened.


Masturbation increases oxytocin levels in both genders. Masturbating helps to strengthen the immune system, since when ejaculating hormones such as cortisol are released, which improve the defenses . Reduces infections or diseases of the urinary tract. Men who practice masturbation between the ages of 20 and 50 have a lower risk of developing prostate tumors, according to a study published by the urology journal BJU International .

By the way, May was Masturbation Month . During the 19th and early 20th centuries, it was believed that a bulging nose was a sign of sexual obsession and that it gave away the habit of masturbation , but fortunately we no longer have to hide our nose (or the other).

Via | FiveThirtyEight