Masturbation Statistics to Celebrate Self-Pleasure

May is International Masturbation Month, and what better way to celebrate than with a lowdown of all the sexy statistics we could get our hands on.

Isabelle Uren
Isabelle Uren

The magic of masturbation surely deserves a whole month to celebrate its powers. Aside from the obvious, it has a whole host of benefits, including pain relief, improved sleep, stress relief, improved self-image, and more satisfying sex. I could go on, but that’s not why we are here. In honor of the wonders of self-pleasure, we’re going on a data-driven tour of the ins and outs of masturbation with the hope of opening up the discourse on masturbation, trashing masturbation taboos, and inspiring you to have your own International Masturbation Month celebration. 

How common is masturbation?

According to Tenga’s 2020 survey, 84% of Americans reported having masturbated before, and the SEXUS survey, conducted in 2018, found that 91.5% of Danes had masturbated before.

In the TENGA’s 2019 survey, Spain came out as the winner with a whopping 93% of respondents having masturbated before. Surely that’s a better title than the Eurovision contest winner! The USA also ranked highly, coming in 4th place with 84%.

 

What is the masturbation gap?

Statistics show that in general more men tend to masturbate and men tend to masturbate more often. This difference is called the masturbation gap. Womanizer found the international masturbation gap to be 68% and 60% in the USA. 

This gender gap adds up over the year. Superdrug calculated that men masturbate for an average of 46 hours per year whereas women only clocked up an average of 27 hours. 

We say it’s high time to close that gap!

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What other masturbation gaps exist?

Differences in the masturbation frequency don’t only exist in the gender divide. Bespoke surgical’s survey of 1040 Americans showed singles had five more solo self-pleasure sessions per month than those in a relationship and gay/and or lesbian people 2.3 more sessions than heterosexuals.

Similarly, TENGA found that LGBTQIA+ respondents related more benefits to masturbation and masturbated more frequently than non LGBTQIA+ respondents.

How often do people masturbate?

A survey by sex toy company LELO found that 59.2% of respondents masturbated twice a week and 19.54% twice a month.

 

How often do people masturbate?
Length of masturbation

How long is the average masturbation session?

The majority of US respondents to the TENGA survey keep it short and sweet with solo sessions under 10 minutes. Only 6% of respondents reported masturbating for over 30 minutes. We’ll take that as a sign we’re good at getting ourselves off!

Masturbation habits

It turns out we are creatures of habit and masturbation is no exception! 

While we love a good routine, it can also be fun to switch it up. Variety is the spice of life after all! 

 

Attitudes about masturbation

Badoo found that 53% of people have been made to feel shame related to masturbating, and 47% of people in the TENGA 2020 survey felt that discussing masturbation caused them to feel guilty. This signals we’ve still got some way to go in smashing those self-pleasure stigmas.

On the upside, TENGA found that 73% agree that more open discourse around sex and masturbation would be good for society and 74% want to get rid of the taboos and stigma attached to masturbation. Something we are 100% behind!

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Data from the TENGA 2020 Self-Pleasure Report

WHAT ARE THE MOST POPULAR SEX TOYS in the usa?

 A survey from Bespoke Surgical estimates that the average US citizen spends $150 – $250 a year on sex products, and Connecticut came out as the big spenders, at 36.7% higher than the average. Their 2020 survey of Google shopping data, broken down by state, found that male sex toys were the most popular in 10 states, and dildos came in close second, winning in 9 states.

What are some of your favourite sex toys?

Sex toys are certainly nothing new, but there are plenty of new sex toys to try! According to Cosmopolitan, the top-selling toys from Adam and Eve in the first quarter of 2020 were the Satisfyer Pro 2 Next Generation, Fifty Shades of Grey Greedy Girl Rabbit Vibrator, and the Pure Enrichment Peak Wand Massager. Wands and the Satisfyer series also feature in many other top lists. 

Based on the TENGA 2020 Self-Pleasure Report

Google Trends data for ‘sex toys’ from February 2019 to May 2021

Sex toy interest over time

Last but not least here’s a little snap shop of interest in sex toys from February 2019 to now. We hope that last little spike from May 1st 2021 is a sign you are all out there celebrating International Masturbation in style and treating yourself to some new toys!

Reasons to fall in love with masturbation


Now you know who’s doing what and how they are doing it, we thought we’d finish off with some of the benefits of masturbation, not only in May but all year round!

Stress relief

Stress relief

As well as being a great way to get out of your head and reconnect with yourself, masturbating increases levels of dopamine and oxytocin, which are related to feeling good, and lowers the stress hormone cortisol.

sleep aid

Sleep aid

As well as relaxation promoting endorphins, the post-orgasm release of prolactin is thought promote sleep. Making masturbation a regular nighttime ritual can also create an association that tells your brain and body that it's time for sleep.

Self image

Self-Image

Showing yourself some love and learning what you like is also a great way to build a better relationship with yourself and boost your self-image.

Confidence

Confidence boost

Use that post-orgasmic glow to boost your confidence before a job interview, presentation, or exam. Less risky and more fun than the traditional Dutch courage!

pain relief

Pain relief

The endorphins released from masturbation are also effective pain relief and can be a great way to take the edge off a headache, muscle aches, or reduce period cramps.

Self pleasure

Exploring your pleasure

Masturbation gives you the perfect context to explore new sensations and experiences without feeling self-conscious. This can be the perfect time to explore that fantasy that's been at the back of your mind.

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Better sex with a partner

When you know what you like and how you like it, you are better equipped to guide your partner in how to touch you, resulting in more satisfying sex.

Getting over a mental block

If you are feeling stuck or have a bout of creative block, take a masturbation break to help switch up your thinking.