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The Beginners Guide to Female Masturbation

Are you comfortable talking about female masturbation? If not, we reckon now’s the time to start. And since Ann Summers are all for female empowerment, we figured this is our chance to give you ladies a push in the right direction. Why? Because we know a lot of you have tried going solo, and we’re not surprised.

It’s a common fact that not only is it a great way to release sexual tension and be more in tune with your body, but masturbating is also a stress reliver that can ultimately boost your mood.

Time to embrace it, wouldn’t you agree? If so, read our tips on to find out how to fully indulge some self-pleasure.

Girl, (Un)interrupted

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Before you get started, we advise you to relax and take your time. Try lighting some candles, perhaps enjoy a long bubble bath and take your time before your hands head down south...

Let your imagination run wild. Fantasise about a kinky situation... a time when you’ve had insanely good sex. You could also watch some porn or read a sexy novel to turn yourself on. The more turned on you are, the better the experience will be.

Try nipple play

Begin the build up to the big O by getting to know your body better. Use a feather-light touch to slowly stroke up and down your thighs and begin applying gentle pressure to your nipples. Not all women enjoy nipple-play. But if it works for you, experiment by using circular motions, gently pulling them or flicking them with your fingers throughout your solo session.

Lube up

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Lube isn’t designed just to combat dryness down there. It’s a massively underrated product that can literally heat up any solo session. So, extra lubrication is never a bad thing. In fact, it can increase your comfort, libido and pleasure.

Take a pea-sized amount of one of our lubes, perhaps a stimulating or warming lube to heighten sensitivity, and slowly massage it on your clit and labia. The sensations will spread throughout your body and add an extra, satisfying tingle.

Your clitoris should take centre stage

Many women need direct clitoral stimulation to reach an orgasm. So unsurprisingly, it's considered the centre for female pleasure. There’s no ‘correct’ way to masturbate. But if you’re a beginner here’s a few techniques to get you started:

Start by indirectly rubbing around the clitoral area in circular motions, building up the pressure and speed slowly as the pleasure intensifies. Teasing your body is so important - the longer you deny yourself direct stimulation, the more mind-blowing it will feel when you finally touch your clit.

When you simply can’t take any more, spread your lips apart with two fingers so your clit is exposed. Take your finger from your other hand and begin by stroking your clit up and down slowly. And remember to play with positions to find what works best for you. Some women adore lightly stroking the sides of the clit, others prefer directly rubbing the tip with one or two fingers in circular motions.

One thing’s certain: as you’re getting closer to climaxing, you’ll need to increase the speed. Need a little help? Consider introducing a vibrator into the mix. Our bullets are ideal for beginners. Why? Because the small size makes them a targeting tool for the clit.

Hit the Spot

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Utilise both of your hands and begin the quest for the G-spot. It can be tricky to find, so don’t feel disheartened if you can’t hit the right spot at the start.

Insert one or more fingers, depending on comfort. You can either use thrust-like motions to stimulate or begin massaging the vaginal wall until you find your sweet spot. If you’re desperate for something a bit bigger, play with one of our dildos. Smaller sizes are recommended for beginners.

Want to double the pleasure? Adding some penetration alongside clitoral stimulation often pushes women completely over the edge. Trust us; dual-stimulation is often the secret to achieving out-of-this world blended orgasms. Need a helping hand? Our selection of Rampant Rabbits should do the trick.

Masturbation can turn into a real work out. So, don’t feel like you have to sit still either. Try raising your pelvis, pressing your thighs together or even rocking back and forth. Get creative and try experimenting with speed, angle and pressure - there are so many techniques and positions to try.

Remember, you don’t have to orgasm every single time, darling. Masturbation in its entirety is supposed to be an incredible experience. It’s not all about that explosive ending!

Body Talk

No two bodies are the same, and everyone will enjoy different forms of stimulation. It’s important to remember the beauty of masturbation is that it gives every woman a chance to explore their body.

It might take some experimentation, but every girl should be able to find out what drives them absolutely wild.


Time to explore...

Feeling a little naughty? Once you’re comfortable with masturbation, take a look at our vibrator guide to see how you can enhance your time alone...

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