Does Female Masturbation Affect Virginity
“When you’re a virgin, you might be curious about how much is left inside after all that time without penetrative sex. Most men masturbate to orgasm at least once per day; if they don’t, it’s because they’ve got other things on their mind. Women tend to masturbate less often than men do — especially during adolescence when girls start developing more modesty around boys, but most women still masturbate. Some people say masturbation hurts the hymen; others claim it doesn’t affect it at all.
A woman’s virginity has nothing to do with her hymen unless she chooses to keep it — and even then, it’s not like there’s a physical “”thing”” called a hymen. A hymen simply refers to the thin membrane covering the entrance to the vagina. This membrane isn’t always visible; it may be partially hidden by pubic hair or by folds of skin. It does vary from person to person — every girl has a different anatomy. The size of the hymen also varies greatly since it depends largely on whether the woman has ever experienced sexual activity.
There are several factors known to influence a woman’s hymen. One is age. As we grow older, our bodies change, and so do our hymens. When puberty hits, the body develops hormones that alter the structure of the internal reproductive organs as well as the external genitalia. During this time, the clitoris grows larger, the labia majora become darker and thicker, and the labia minora expand into wings that hang down below the labia majora. All these changes occur within the context of hormonal cycles that fluctuate daily. Therefore, one reason why a young girl’s hymen may look fuller could be due to the fact that she hasn’t yet developed an understanding of what menstruation entails. She may also think that if she were to experience any kind of stimulation, it would hurt. After all, the hymen is supposed to protect her against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as syphilis and gonorrhea. In reality, the hymen serves no real purpose other than being decorative.
Another factor influencing a woman’s hymen is race. Black women typically develop smaller-sized hymens compared to white women. Native American women typically have the smallest hymens of all women. Asian women generally have average-sized ones while Hispanic women usually have large ones. Researchers believe this difference occurs because black women spend more time wearing tight clothing, which increases friction between the clothes and the genitals, thereby causing irritation and possible tearing of the delicate hymenal tissues. On the other hand, native Americans wear loose clothing, which makes it easier for them to move around freely, thus reducing pressure on the genital area. And Hispanic women typically engage in oral sex rather than intercourse.
Other influences include socioeconomic status, religion and culture. Poverty puts a strain on finances and food supplies, and therefore affects health. Culture and religion play important roles in how people view sexuality and relationships. For instance, among certain African tribes, women remain virgins until marriage. If a man rapes his wife before he marries her, she becomes infertile. However, rape is accepted as part of marital relations among cultures where premarital sex is common.
So, does female masturbation affect a woman’s hymen? Not really. Even though masturbation involves rubbing the genitals over various textures, it has not been shown to cause significant damage to the hymen. Masturbation alone cannot tear through the protective layers of mucous membranes and blood vessels that surround the vaginal opening. Tampon use, however, can.
Riding a bicycle or horse can rip away enough hymenal tissue to leave an exposed opening. Gymnasts who perform acrobatic moves designed to showcase their flexibility also risk damaging their hymens. So can activities involving sports and competitive events.
Some studies suggest that women who participate in nonpenetrative forms of BDSM, such as flagellation, spanking and humiliation, can suffer lasting injuries, such as torn hymens. However, experts disagree about whether these involve actual penetration. Many doctors argue that the term “”vaginal intercourse”” should be used only to describe penile thrusting in the vagina. Others contend that BDSM activities fall under the category of “”mutual masturbation,”” meaning both partners touch each other’s genitals without penetration. Still others question whether participants truly understand the risks involved.
On the next page, we’ll find out what happens if a woman participates in male masturbation.
The idea behind female masturbation is pretty straightforward — stimulate yourself to reach orgasm. Like males, females masturbate for a variety of reasons. They enjoy relaxation, stress relief, pleasure and mental arousal. For those who want to achieve orgasm, masturbation provides a way to learn about self-pleasure techniques.
Women masturbate in two ways: manually and orally. Manual masturbation requires manual contact with the clitoris, either directly or indirectly via fingers or a vibrator. Oral masturbation means touching oneself directly or indirectly with the mouth. Directly manipulating the clitoris with the tongue or teeth can provide stimulation. Indirect methods involve placing fingers or a dildo between the lips and moving them up and down to simulate intercourse movements.
For women who wish to receive oral stimulation, it helps to relax. Relaxed breathing and a lowered heart rate increase responsiveness. You may need to experiment with positions and techniques to discover what works best for you. Try sitting on the edge of a chair with legs spread wide apart to allow for easy access. Or lie on your back with pillows propping you up. Your partner can sit between your legs or massage your inner thighs. He or she can kiss your nipples, hold your hands or place a vibrator against your clitoris. Use lubricants to ease the process.
While masturbation may help relieve boredom and tension, it can also lead to problems. Certain types of masturbation, such as dry humping, can push semen backward toward the bladder. Dry humping can also irritate the urethra. Repeated masturbation to orgasm can result in soreness, burning sensations, fluid buildups and infections. Masturbating too frequently can weaken the muscles surrounding the vagina and cervix, leading to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
If you plan to masturbate, talk to your doctor first. He or she will advise you about safe practices. Also, consider consulting a sex therapist before engaging in new behaviors. Sex therapy can help couples explore their relationship needs and desires.”
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