5 Things You Didn't Know About Masturbation Although men may joke and tease each other about their solo sexual activity, women are typically less forthcoming about their own self-pleasuring. With a very close friend, some may compare notes discretely about the best vibrators or the stress relief going solo can provide. But women's masturbation is not generally a common topic of conversation among girlfriends. Maybe it should be, say sex therapists. They point out that women's masturbation can have benefits both for health and relationships. Here are five things about masturbation women may not know: 1. "Normal" masturbation in women takes many forms. 2. Masturbation can improve your mood -- without the ''obligations'' of partnered sex. 3. Masturbation can improve your sex life with your partner. 4. Masturbation can help you relax. 5. Masturbation can provide pain relief.