"The reason I can't masturbate is starting to stress me out."

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I’d consider my sex life still pretty exciting for someone who’s been with the same person for over 10 years. But there’s one thing I just can’t bring myself to do: pleasure myself.

Once a taboo subject, talk around masturbation – particularly for females – has exploded. Every magazine seems to be packed full of tips and tricks, it’s no longer as shocking to see a woman pleasuring herself in pop culture, and any sex toy you could possibly desire is just one click and a discrete delivery away.

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While I think it’s great that it’s in the open and I get that it’s meant to be liberating, it only serves to make me feel even more anxious that I can’t do it myself.

While it’s something I’ve never really done, recently I’ve found myself worrying about it more and more.

It’s not a religious thing. Growing up my family was always very open about sex and I’ve always felt like I can discuss about most things with my group of girlfriends. My husband, who I married when I was 23, and I are also open about telling each other what we like.

I know I shouldn’t feel this way, but it makes me think there’s something wrong with me.

A few months ago when my husband went away for a few weeks for business, we tried phone sex. It was going well – until he told me to touch myself.


I wanted to - and I tried, but less than a minute in, I couldn’t keep going. Something inside of me switched off, and any desire or enjoyment went completely out the window. I made up an excuse and he was understanding, but I felt disappointed in myself.


Not because the call hadn’t turned out how we’d both hoped, but because I felt like a failure. I couldn’t do something that was supposed to come naturally.

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I’ve tried a few times since then and the same thing happens. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it, I do - but something stops me before I can even get close to finishing. It’s almost like my mind won’t give my body permission to go the whole way.

I love having sex with my husband, like any woman I have days where I’m feeling so turned on I pretty much jump on my husband when he walks through the door. I usually have no problem orgasming. (Post continues after gallery).

But doing it solo? I can’t do it. And most of the time? I don’t know whether I actually want to or whether it’s just a feeling of pressure that I should be doing it.

And it’s got to the point where I don’t know what to do about it.

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I don’t want people to think I’m a prude. I want to be the Samantha and not the Charlotte, I want to be fun and carefree, unafraid to openly say that yes, I do it and yes, I enjoy it, but nothing works. And the anxiety is consuming me - I need a solution. Is a sexy toy the answer? Am I just too uptight? Or is it something that physical action can’t fix alone?

All I know is that whether I’m doing it or not doing it, it’s equally as stressful.