Masturbation is a type of sexual stimulation, generally of one's own genitals. There are many techniques for both females and males. Despite historical and ongoing stigma, masturbation is now considered to be a safe and beneficial sexual activity by clinicians and researchers in public health. People may masturbate for a variety of reasons, including physical pleasure, the release of sexual tension, relaxation, or getting to sleep.
Masturbation is not exclusively an act of sexuals. Many asexuals, although lacking in sexual attraction, do masturbate. Asexuals that do engage in masturbation are generally motivated to do so for physical/physiological reasons (libido) and may consider it to be a bodily activity unconnected with sex.
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