Does Female Masturbation Affect Ovulation

Does Female Masturbation Affect Ovulation
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Masturbation has been a huge topic of debate for several years. Masturbation, especially its effect on a person’s fertility, has had varying opinions from experts.

Some say female masturbation can affect a woman’s ovulation and fertility, while others argue that masturbation has no effect, whether positive or negative, on a woman’s fertility.

So, what is the truth? Does female masturbation affect their ovulation? Continue reading to find out.

Does Female Masturbation Affect Ovulation?

No, female masturbation does not affect your ovulation cycles or fertility. Likewise, it does not improve your fertility as well.

Masturbation is the simple activity of stimulating one’s genitals to achieve sexual arousal and, ultimately, orgasm.

Ovulation happens when a mature egg is released from the follicles to get fertilized, resulting in pregnancy. Ovulation occurs every month, and the eggs that are not fertilized are expelled from the uterus during the menstrual cycle.

Both the activities (masturbation and ovulation) are different and have no relation to one another. There are also no concrete studies so far that say masturbation can be a cause of anovulation and infertility.

Does Female Masturbation Affect Pregnancy Directly Or Indirectly?

Pregnancy occurs when the sperm reaches the fallopian tubes and fertilizes the egg. You can get pregnant if the fertilized egg successfully implants in the uterus.

Masturbation has not been shown to have any effects on your chances of pregnancy or your ability to carry a baby till full term.

Masturbation, however, has a bit of a positive impact in facilitating pregnancy. Your body releases oxytocin during masturbation. This can assist in the flow of the sperm to the fallopian tube to fertilize the egg.

About Its Impact On Fertilization?

As you already know, fertilization happens in the fallopian tube and not in the uterus. A fertilization can be successful if the sperm reaches the egg and fertilizes it.

Fertilization can be affected due to several reasons. However, masturbation has not been shown to affect fertilization. It does not have any effect on the egg or sperm cell as well.

So, whether your egg gets fertilized depends on your and your partner’s fertility condition. Masturbation does not affect it.

About Its Impact On Implantation?

Masturbation has also not been shown to have any impact on your implantation rate. Implantation happens when the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine lining.

Masturbation does not affect your uterus and thus can’t harm the implantation rate. They are also not the cause of any serious infertility issues. So, you don’t need to worry too much about masturbation and its influence on your chances of pregnancy.

How Often Can Females Masturbate?

Masturbation is a healthy and mood-lifting activity that you can do anytime you want. It is social stigma and guilt that prevents women from being open about such issues.

Women can masturbate as often as they feel like doing it. As long as you are not addicted and it doesn’t affect your daily activities, you can masturbate whenever you feel like it.

What Are The Benefits Of Female Masturbation?

Masturbation doesn’t impact your ovulation or pregnancy. However, it certainly benefits your emotional well-being and overall reproductive health. Here are some benefits of masturbation for women.

  • It improves blood flow to the genitals and pelvic regions. This keeps your reproductive organs healthy.
  • It releases the happy hormones dopamine, endorphin, and epinephrine. This can make you feel happy and helps reduce anxiety, stress, and body pain.
  • It relaxes your body and mind and helps you get a good night’s sleep. This can help you reduce insomnia.
  • It helps you learn what makes you feel good and understand your body. It can make you confident and comfortable with your body.
  • Masturbating during periods can help reduce body pain and cramps.
  • Masturbating can help prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs). It is a natural lubricant that removes harmful germs from the vagina and cervix.
  • It decreases the risk of Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Women who have more orgasms have a higher resistance to these diseases.

What Is The Time To Meet A Doctor?

Masturbation is usually not harmful. However, it is best to visit a Gynecologist if you encounter these issues.

1. When you become addicted to it

Getting addicted to masturbation can harm your body. It can also affect your social life, impact your studies, affect relationships with friends and family, and lower work productivity.

2. When it harms your genitals

Though masturbation helps prevent UTIs, excess masturbation can cause irritation or injuries and harm your genital area.

3. When it reduces your sexual desire

Excess masturbation can make your genitals less sensitive and reduce their response to sexual stimulation. This can affect your sexual life with your partner.


Masturbation does not have any effect on ovulation or any of your sexual health matters. It is a normal physical activity that can also benefit you sometimes.

However, it is best to be careful and limit the frequency of your masturbation. You can consult a Best Gynecologist  if you feel like you are addicted or have any health issues due to excess masturbation.


No, masturbation does not cause PCOS or any other reproductive ailment in both males and females. It is a common misunderstanding people have about masturbation and its effects on the human body.

Masturbation does not affect your uterus and thus can’t harm the implantation rate. They are also not the cause of any serious infertility issues. So, you don’t need to worry too much about masturbation and its influence on your chances of pregnancy.

Masturbation becomes harmful under the following circumstances.

  • When you are addicted to it
  • When it affects your social life
  • When your genitals are harmed by it
  • When it reduces your sex drive
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Dr. Rukkayal Fathima

Dr Rukkayal Fathima, India's Leading Gynaecologist and the best fertility doctor in Chennai. She has 11+ years of experience and treated 1000+ patients. She finished her M. S., Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the Institute of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (Madras Medical College), Chennai. She is a visiting consultant at St. Isabelle Hospital, Motherhood Hospital, Rainbow Hospital & Mehta Hospital. Dr Rukkayal Fathima specialises in Obstetrics care, Early Pregnancy Scan, IVF, ICSI, TESA/Micro TESE, Menopause advice, Gynaecological surgeries and endoscopy. She is a Co-Founder of Hive Fertility, the Best Fertility Center in Chennai.

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