Experimenting with new styles and techniques can provide more pleasure, says Dr. Chris Donaghue, a psychologist specializing in individual and couples sex. “The number one reason guys should experiment is because the most arousing thing sexually is newness and novelty,” he explains.
Plus, switching things up alone can make you better at having sex with a partner, he says.
Don’t know where to begin? Try one of these four techniques the next time you have some solo time.
1) Change positions
“People laugh because I’ll ask them, ‘Have you ever masturbated standing?,'” Donaghue explains. The answer is almost always no.
If you always sit while masturbating, try standing or lying on your back. The key is to always change your position, which will make your solo sessions “more interesting and dynamic,” Donaghue says.
Plus, if you get really creative, it’ll make you more confident when it comes to trying out new positions in the bedroom. “You’re learning how to be erotic in different positions,” Donaghue explains.
2) Explore your whole body.