Francsico|23.08.2013|Feature Sex Life
For the record, mutual masturbation rocks. Here’s why…

Mutual masturbation means pleasuring yourself in front of a partner, or manually stimulating your partner(s). But as simple and delish as it is, we often overlook it.

1. Everybody loves a show

With the mutual “m,” you can totally be a voyeur. It’s not everyday we get to watch our partner rub one out. So, kick back, appreciate the sights, and enjoy the show.

2. You can get real comfy

With mutual masturbation, you can get into so many more (comfortable) configurations! There’s no need for positions that feel like balancing acts or Olympic feats. As long as body parts can reach hands, you’re good to go. And, if you’ve got cramps from “masturbator’s wrist” you can always use a toy!

3. You’ve got access to 10 of your best (free) sex toys

Speaking of toys, some of the greatest sex toys are right at your fingertips, literally (as explained here). The fingers and hands are excellent at manipulating body parts and playing with pressure. Don’t neglect them.

4. Reduced risk of HIV, STIs, pregnancy

Mutual masturbation is a generally lower-risk activity, both for pregnancy and the transmission of HIV and STIs.

If a guy’s semen (or even precum) comes into contact with any part of the vulva (the external female genitalia), there is a potential risk of pregnancy—though a smaller risk than if the semen were directly inserted into the vagina. So, to prevent pregnancy, avoid getting semen on or near the vulva.

HIV is very unlikely to be transmitted during mutual masturbation. As long as body fluids (semen, vaginal secretions, or blood) do not come into contact with a cut, open wound, or mucous membranes (vagina, anus, urethra), then there is essentially no risk of HIV transmission.

To prevent other sexually transmitted infections, avoid contact with mucous membranes. And keep in mind that some STIs (like herpes or HPV) can be transmitted via skin-to-skin contact.

5. Learn what makes your partner(s) tick

Pro tip: the best way to please your partner sexually is to learn about exactly what gets them to cloud 9. Watching your partner masturbate gives you a peek at their perfect road map to Pleasure Town. And in the process, you might pick up a new trick about how to pleasure yourself too. Bonus point.

Enjoy your masturbathon!

Francisco Ramirez, MPH, is an award-winning sexpert and MTV contributor. Find him at @FranciscoNYC or http://facebook.com/FranciscoNYC

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