(As told to Team Bono by Dr. Paras Shah)
Dr Paras Shah is the Chief Sexologist, Gujarat Research and Medical Institute and Director, Sannidhya Institute and Research Center for Sex, Sexuality and Health.
The answer in one word to that question is masturbation. Single women or women whose partners are away or are not inclined towards sex can satisfy themselves with masturbation – which simply means stimulation of the genitals by hand. Just like men, even women also believe a lot of myths regarding masturbation, for instance blaming it for causing acne, insanity, impotence and dark circles around eyes. But rest assured, it is as healthy and safe as intercourse itself. Its benefits include a safe release of sexual energy, prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies. Also, intercourse is not the only way of reaching an orgasm; there are many other ways and masturbation is definitely one of them.