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How Often Do Americans Masturbate? Betty Breaks It Down

Welcome to Masturbation May! Of course, at Betty’s we are in full support of masturbation all year round but if somebody is going to declare a month long celebration of masturbation, then we are all in! 

Why is it necessary to dedicate a whole month to the act of self loving? Because it’s something we as a nation just don’t talk about enough. We (almost) all do it. Masturbation is a healthy, natural way to explore our bodies, it is great for our mental and physical health, and it lets us learn what we like and don’t like if we choose to become intimate with a partner. 

So, let’s start the month off by looking at some statistics and numbers because, we know you’re all curious about who does it, and how often. One of the most commonly asked questions on the internet is ‘how often do Americans masturbate’ so let’s break it down. 

Percent of Americans Who Have Masturbated in Their Lifetime

92% of Men

81% of Women

Percent of Americans Who You All THINK Masturbate (and boy were you wrong)

84% of Men

68% of Women

Who Masturbates Most Frequently

Younger Millennials (ages 18-24) with 57% masturbating weekly

Gay and Bisexual Individuals report masturbating 20% more weekly than heterosexuals

What Is the Average Age to Begin Masturbating


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How Often Do Men Masturbate

Age 18 - 59 

15 Times a month on Average

20% masturbated 2 to 3 times a week

Less than 20% masturbated more than 4 times a week

Age 60+

More likely to report no masturbation during the previous year

How Often Do Women Masturbate

Ages 18 - 49

8 Times a month on Average

Over 50% masturbate at least once every three months

40.8% report masturbating in the last month

27% of women masturbate 2 to 3 times per week

21.8% Report never having masturbated in their lives

And, maybe most importantly, what are American's attitudes towards masturbation?



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