Masturbation Month is upon us once again, while acceptance and public discussion of the act continues to grow, there are still discovered many people are insecure about their techniques in practicing the art of self-love.
Every day, LELO fans reach out via email, social media and on Volonté seeking advice about how to actually masturbate and a recurring question keeps upcoming up: “Is the way I masturbate ‘normal’ or ‘correct’?”
While some methods are more common than others, there is no one ‘right way’ to explore self pleasure, so to celebrate masturbation month we’ve compiled 5 of the more creative methods of achieving personal satisfaction, that are surprisingly more common (and pleasurable) than many might think!
If the idea of enjoying oral sex at any time sounds like heaven, then it’s time to sign up for a yoga class because for some men this is actually possible. It’s estimated that fewer than 1% of men have sufficient flexibility and penis length to carry out autofellatio, and there have been no reliably recorded instances of an autocunnilingus being performed.
That’s not to say people don’t keep trying; autofellatio is documented as far back as ancient Egypt in one of the poems of “Book of Overthrowing Apophis”, wherein the sun god Ra had created the god Shu and goddess Tefnut by fellating himself and “spitting out his own semen onto the ground.”
Bicycles have a long, historical entanglement with women’s rights. Bicycles saw a boom of popularity in the United States during the 1890s as the women’s suffrage movement was gaining momentum, and the so-called ‘New Women’ emerged. Enjoying greater literal freedom and mobility through with the bicycle, they were less reliant on male chauffeurs and chaperones. As well, restrictive clothing such as corsets and hoop skirts fell out of popularity due to their incompatibility with riding a bike. In 1896 Susan B. Anthony went so far as to say that bicycling had “done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world” in an interview with the New York World’s Nellie Bly.
Of course, there were moral objections to this newer, ’less-feminine’ definition of how a woman behaved, and not just because they were starting to wear bloomers. There was genuine concern over the idea that women might get sexually aroused while riding a bike, which led to the design of bikes with higher handle bars so that women would have to sit more upright on their seats and wouldn’t experience vibrations from bumpy roads near their clitoris.
That hasn’t stopped women from enjoying deep, rumbly vibrations, yet technological advancements mean that such sensation can be enjoyed from the comfort of one’s home with products like the LELO Smart Wand™ Large.
3.A Quick Refresher
Many new mothers have discovered that using a condom filled with water and frozen to a slush makes for an excellent way to soothe their sore bodies post-childbirth, but you can also use prophylactics to make a cheap (and chilly!) sex toy.
Simply cut a cardboard paper towel roll length-wise and then re-tape it closed to create your ideal diameter. Then, put a condom in the tube and tape the open end around the outside of the paper towel roll. Fill with water, then place the upright tube in the freezer. After it has frozen solid, remove the roll and tie off the end as you would a balloon.
Now, it is important to run this toy under warm water before using; this removes any frost from the outside and will created a thin layer of water within the condom, which will stop it from freezing to your skin if used internally.
4.Hot Air Balloon
To create a male masturbation device, take one condom and blow it up, tying it off like a balloon. Then take a jar lid and place it over the knot; press the lid forward, ‘through’ the condom, until it is showing through the other side. Twist the lid from the other side so that it holds itself in place. You will then have a one-time-use male masturbation aid that can you can make cheaply and dispose of easily!
Thinking yourself off’ isn’t just using your imagination instead of watching porn. Rather, it refers to using your brain to get yourself off without any physical contact.
Sound impossible? While one of the most well-known teachers of this skill (and licensed sexologist), Barbara Carellas, focuses on ‘erotic breath work and energy orgasms.’ The practice has been backed up by the work of Rutgers professor, Dr Barry Komisaruk, who has studied the subject using MRIs, which showed that the part of the brain that lights up when we masturbate also lights up while people are thinking themselves to orgasm.
So while there is certainly more than 1 way to masturbate, there is definitely no right way.
Masturbation, whichever way you go about it, is shown to have benefits for both your physical and mental well-being, as well as helping you discover what stimulation works for you. Of course, just because you’ve found one way doesn’t mean that it’s too late to try and find another – and it’s totally normal to get creative!