Masturbating means touching yourself for sexual enjoyment, i.e. having sex with yourself.
Masturbation can be a source of pleasure. It is a sexual option and not a sexual problem.
For most men, the penis is the body part that gives the greatest sexual pleasure, but you can caress any part of your body that feels nice. The frequency with which people masturbate varies enormously. Some people do it several times a day – others only occasionally. Some people do not masturbate at all.
It is not dangerous to masturbate
Some people worry that masturbation is dangerous and then the worry itself can become a problem. You may perhaps have heard that bad things can happen when you masturbate, for instance, your eyesight can deteriorate or you can get different illnesses. This is quite simply not true.
Masturbation cannot make you ill. There are no "side effects". On the contrary, masturbation can often increase your wellbeing and it is a way of getting to know your body. There are many different ways of masturbating.
You can try different things in order to discover what you find enjoyable.