Manual Masturbation Giving Me Carpal Tunnel

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 13:08
Submitted by Betty Dodson

Hi Dr. Betty!

I'm a 20 year old woman and I've been regularly masturbating for about 2 years now (successfully for only one, as it were). I have this 3-inch 3-speed bullet vibe that I pretty much rely on for the majority of my self-lovin'. I worry about getting too dependent on it, but the thing is, when I try masturbating through digital means I kinda end up hurting myself. I'm not sure if I'm going at it too hard, or if my nails get in the way (I usually keep them extremely short but sometimes I forget) but I usually end up the next day with a slight twinge in my vulva. And in my wrist, actually (I'm in university, I write a LOT of essays, the repeated motions only exacerbate typing- and writing-related strain). I can still get myself off the manual way, even if it takes longer, but the pain after can make things difficult for quite a while afterwards.

Weirdly, I feel like part of my problem is that the vibrator actually provides less stimulation than my hand. Since it has three speeds, the first one is very light and I can build it up gradually. But with my fingers, it feels a lot more direct and yet also less stimulative. It's hard to find a balance of pressure and motion that feels good for both my arm and my vulva.

I'm guessing that this is just because I'm more accustomed to the vibrator, but giving the vibe up means that I can't really masturbate without hurting myself. Last year, I ended up wearing a wrist brace during exams because my stress relief methods. I'm a little worried about ending up with something like carpal tunnel syndrome. Maybe I'm favouring my right arm too much? Maybe I should just give myself a break from touching myself? I'd love to hear what you think Dr. Betty.

Thank you so much!

Dear I, It sounds like you want an excuse to use a vibrator rather than your fingers to avoid carpal tunnel. Once you are used to a vibrator, just stay with it for your best orgasms. Never give up your self-induced orgasms, never!

The bullet vibe is too small and requires straining your hand and wrist. Get one you can hold in your palm or that has a handle to make it easier. The Eroscillator is a good one with different speeds and also the Magic Wand Rechargeable.
If you find it's too strong then get the Mystic Wand. A lot of vibes will end your carpal so throw out the bullet vibe.

Dr. Betty

Liberating women one orgasm at a time

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carpal tunnel

Wed, 12/14/2016 - 17:14

Train your non-dominant hand to do it!  Time well spent!

Palm Power

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 20:54

I would also suggest the Palm Power, if it is still made.  It's light and powerful. There used to be a link to it on Joan Price's site.  The lightness is great if you've got carpel tunnel or arthritis.

I had tendonitis in my hand

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 11:48
Jera (not verified)

I had tendonitis in my hand for 2 months last year. It was painful to mastubate, even with holding a vibrator, so I had to not do it for that period pretty much. I did tried to lay a vibrator on the bed surface and use it without hands, though it's was not as good and kinda tricky.

Don't let it deter you

martiB's picture
Sun, 01/08/2017 - 14:33

I think you are so enlightened to accept and embrace masturbation as much as you obviously have. You need athat and so it is important that you not allow such things to reduce your frequency and enjoyment. There are so many fine toys out there now, unlike the old days, to enable you to extend and enhance your masturbation to new heights so there is no reason to fret or slow down.

Both a girlfriend and I, who are both such fans of Dr. Betty, have had similar problems over the years as we have increased or extended our masturbation. The thinner wand and a rabbit vibrator helped us so much and actually increased our masturbation more.

Especially these days when we all should frankly be masturbating more, not less, a variety of vibrator is essential for any woman.

Keep masturbating strong!