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Relearning how to masturbate.

Relearning how to masturbate.

Just before falling from the precipice of orgasm there’s a single-minded focus that comes from the build-up of that is both delightful, and frantic. The holding of breath, tensing of muscles, and urgency of movement is because your body takes over, whilst the mind shuts down. The pleasure demands to be fulfilled through release.

I have a problem with orgasming. In fact, it’s such a problem I’ve had to stop masturbating altogether.

The problem? I keep hurting myself. For some reason, every single time I orgasm or even masturbate my rib cage feels awful. I say this, I know why – I tense right before and during orgasm. I tense so much that it’s enough to cause myself pain that lasts for hours.

Now, I am , and I have a problem with my rib cage anyway – good old which is usually temporary, but in my case, my body decided to hang on to it, which isn’t helping matters. But, up until late last year I had no problems with pain after orgasm. Generally, I’m always in pain, and due to the effort exerted during or , usually, I’m in a little bit more pain, but this knocks that pain out of the park.

I’ve seen and experienced enough to know that tensing is normal, but since it harms my body I have no choice but to learn a way around it.

I have tried to stay completely at ease and relaxed up until the point of orgasm, but usually, I fail. I either get too in my head over how long it’s taking me to orgasm, or the need to orgasm right now is just too great, so I tense, and push myself. The only successful time that I’ve not tensed at the point of orgasm, is when I experimented with a butt plug, but that’s a story for another day.

My goal over the next few months is to ‘re-learn’ how to feel pleasure without tensing, and let my body relax into an orgasm. It’s not going to be easy. I have to break my ‘bad habits’, so I can’t allow myself to be taken over the threshold frantically no matter how fun it might be, or how badly I want it.

My plan is to take things slow. Before sex or masturbation, I’m going to spend time seducing myself, making sure to regularly practice self-care. It’s really easy to fall prey to negative thoughts about your body when you’re , and I’m not immune. It’s my hope that after a while this will become a habit, and I’ll be in a better headspace to orgasm so that I don’t force anything, and end up hurting myself. My body doesn’t need any more help in the pain department.

Who knows, I might even try meditation.


  • Self-professed 'Professional (Disabled) Internet Human' Ruby Rousson runs Arousibility, The Ruby Umbrella and a number of other sites that all aim to help disabled and chronically ill people in some way shape or form. Twitter and Instagram: @MissRubyRousson

7 Comments

  • Maria

    Thanks for sharing your experience on masturbation. Yes, you’re right. Before you masturbate, you have to keep your mind calm, spend time on seducing… so that you won’t end up hurting yourself.

  • Madison Woodard

    I don’t know if you’ve tried but I was being told I had costocondritis for two years almost of chest pain and today I went to the chiropractor and he was like you have two ribs out of place and your pelvic floor is out of alignment that’s why you have chest and back pain and it used to hurt even if I took a deep breath and now I have zero pain but every doctor was prescribing medication and all these tests and my ribs were just out of alignment I don’t know if you’ve seen a chiropractor but even the ones I saw before today were like oh it’s from costocondritis or even pleurisy and it was my ribs being out of alignment!! I usually get chest pain after and sometimes even before orgasm and now not at all but every doctor had been diagnosing me with costocondritis and that apparently was never it so chiropractor can be something that might help if they feel your ribs and see if it’s out of alignment at all that could be making your costocondritis 10x worse or even causing the pain entirely!!

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