Flick the bean. Diddle your Skittle. Pet the bunny. Whatever you call it, masturbating is a normal part of most women's lives. Additionally, it's one of the best ways to get to know your body, understand how you orgasm and increase pleasure in all areas of your life.

Sometimes, though, you need more than a quickie. We mean it: Properly making love to yourself is important whether you're single or in a relationship. And if you don't believe us, listen to sexologists and sex therapists to find out how to achieve the best self-pleasure session ever.

Is masturbation important?

"We know masturbation is one of the key ways women reach orgasm," said Rebecca Johnston, a sex and relationship therapist and coach. Self-pleasure gives us an intimate knowledge of our bodies, which translates to better experiences with partners, she added.

Self-pleasure also releases endorphins, the "feel-good hormones" in your brain. Research suggests masturbation can help lower stress levels and improve the quality of sleep, and orgasms can serve as a natural painkiller to help you cope with menstrual cramps, as well.

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