Several people mentioned that they consciously alternate their hands because they've heard using only one hand can cause your penis to curve. This isn't true, unless (possibly) your technique involves actually bending your penis as you masturbate. Penis curvature normally develops simply from the organ's internal structures growing to unequal size, a condition that's quite common. In fact, it's rare for a man's penis to be perfectly straight.]
I can masturbate with either hand equally well, but I find alternating them to be the best method. Orgasms feel quite different by right or left hand, and the feeling is unexplainable with words. Try beginning to masturbate with your usual hand and continue as long as you feel extreme sensation. When you feel the excitement begin to slip, even a little, switch to the other hand. Continue with it as long as you can, and try to finish with your usual hand. Next time you try it, finish off with your "wrong" hand. It will be a very memorable sensation!
- age 16, California
This Week's Wackiest Response:
I have only one hand, so I wouldn't know.
- age 69, Wisconsin
I've never been a hands-on kind of guy. I do almost all of my masturbation by humping – usually on something I put between two pillows to catch my semen. So, I can't really comment as to whether I would climax using my off-hand. However, my girlfriend masturbates me *very* well with her left hand, and she's a "righty."
- age 19, New Jersey
I write left-handed but do everything else right-handed. For the past few months, I have been getting my left hand into the action, and it feels good because it's not the same motion as with the right.
- age 16, Pennsylvania
I can masturbate with either hand. I'm right-handed when I write, but I can do most things with either hand, especially masturbating. Actually, I'm better with my left for some reason. Maybe because I'm used to touching my penis with my left hand while I sit at the computer. My right hand can only the "Fist" well, but my left hand seems to know my penis better and can do all sorts of stuff.
- age 22, Washington
When I masturbate, I always use my left hand, even though I'm right-handed. Using my left fist is my single greatest pleasure – with or without lube. When I use my right fist to please myself, there is little or no sensation, and my penis goes limp after rubbing it a while. Even when I use the best lube on the market, it still wilts. So if I ever lose my left hand in an accident, I'll ask the doctor to pull the plug right on the spot, because there's no way I'm living with a limp penis.
- age 19, New York
I've tried with my left hand many times, but I just can't do it. I get bored, tired, and I *like* the feeling of my right – so much control.
- age 17, Australia
I've tried using my left ("wrong") hand, but I don't have enough coordination with it. I can't work my finger fast enough. It also feels weird, like someone else is doing it. It would be cool if I could build up my technique, because it would probably be a very different orgasm. My clitoris is more sensitive on the side I usually rub to masturbate.
- age 21, Massachusetts (female)
I love to switch hands as I masturbate. It provides for a new feel and more excitement. I love to finish by using my left hand (I am right-handed) – it feels as if someone else is masturbating me. But I am happy with either hand as long as I am masturbating!
- age 15, California
I once heard that masturbating with just one hand caused a curvature in the penis, so I started using my left hand instead of the right one. For some reason it did not feel as good. I was quite happy to read on your site that which hand you use to masturbate has nothing to do with the shape of your penis. So now, I am enjoying again the skills of my right hand.
- age 33, Netherlands
I can masturbate with both hands. I can climax using my "wrong" hand, but for some reason it seems to take longer than when I use my "correct" hand. I have yet to figure out why. It feels slightly odd – perhaps because my penis has a slight bend, and using my "wrong" hand pushes it in an unaccustomed direction.
- age 15, Canada
When I first started to masturbate around age 12, I always used my right hand because I was right-handed. When I was about 16, I cut my right hand badly, making it virtually impossible to masturbate with it. So I was forced to use my left. At first it was awkward because I had never used that hand before. After a while, I got used to it. Now I switch off regularly, being equally skilled with both hands.
- age 19, New York
Although I *can* use both, I can't climax with my left hand. Obviously, I'm right-handed. It just doesn't work; I can barely wave with my left hand, let alone masturbate!
- age 16, California
I have never wanted to try my left hand. I want to get the job done right.
- age 59, New York
I can be considered "ambidextrous" when it comes to masturbating. Using my "wrong" hand does take a bit longer, but the orgasm is much more pleasant. It feels a lot like someone else is doing it for you.
- age 14, Iowa
When I broke my right arm and was in plaster for 6 weeks, I learned to masturbate with my left hand. I had no trouble having an orgasm. Compared to my usual method, it feels much the same – in fact, fantastic.
- age 60, United Kingdom
I can masturbate with both hands, but I prefer to use one to masturbate and the other to massage my scrotum. I cannot masturbate to orgasm using only the wrong hand. Surely, this is a disadvantage because it feels great – as if someone else is doing the work for me.
- age 16, Canada
Until I began to use my computer to look at erotic images, I always masturbated with my dominant, right hand. When it became highly desirable to masturbate and view images at the same time, I began to use my left hand. At first, it felt awkward and I became intensely aware of how weak my left arm was compared to my right. Often, I would finish with my right hand. My left arm and shoulder would get sore after a long session. However, I persisted and was patient with myself. As I got into it more, my stamina improved, and so did my rhythm and speed. Increasingly, I could finish with my left hand. Now when I'm at the computer, I use my left hand to masturbate all the way to orgasm. My right hand alternates between using the mouse and stimulating my scrotum and nipples. If I masturbate lying down, though, I always use my right hand.
- age 59, New Jersey
Being able to write with either hand, I can also use either hand to masturbate. I usually use both, but when I am masturbating to pictures on the Net, I have gradually gained the best control with my left hand.
- age 16, United Kingdom
When I masturbate in my bed, I use my right hand to hold my penis, and the other to touch my nipples and testicles. But when I chat or surf the Internet, I use my left hand to masturbate and the right to control the mouse or press the keys. And when I have phone-sex, I use my left hand to hold my mobile phone! Complicated, isn't it?
- age 20, the Netherlands
I am right-handed and always masturbate with my left hand. I have a very hard time masturbating with my dominant hand.
- age 13, Alabama
I usually use my left hand to masturbate until just before orgasm, and then I switch to the right hand. I have tried the opposite – as well as using just one hand all the way through – but it's just not the same.
- age 29, California
I usually masturbate with my right hand, but for variation, I sometimes use either my left hand or both hands at once. I occasionally use my left because I have heard that if you use one hand too often, your penis will begin to curve to that side. So sometimes, I use my left hand to try for balance. However, it's awkward to use my left hand. With enough practice, it might feel more natural. As it is, I prefer using my right hand because it is much more accustomed to masturbating. Using both hands gives me a very different feel because it stimulates most of my penis. I have heard, though, that most people can't use both hands very effectively – they can't fit both hands on the shaft underneath the head. I can and do so occasionally, but it's sometimes hard to keep both hands moving together. It requires more work than regular masturbation.
- age 17, Washington
I'm a switch hitter, but I wasn't always able to use my right hand – I'm a leftie. Not to boast, but I have enough area on my penis to accommodate both hands at once. I must admit that using the "wrong" hand feels a bit strange. When I get close to orgasm, I might find myself switching back to leftie without thinking about it. If I'm using "Stop & Go" and just lightly stroking the frenulum, it really doesn't matter which hand I use.
- age 67, Vermont
I usually use both hands to masturbate. I squeeze and rub my thighs together as well. For me, masturbation is a full-body exercise, not just for my hands.
- age 15, Canada (female)
I usually masturbate with my right hand, using a fairly fast and tight grip. Doing it more gently just doesn't work. But if I use my left hand, I can gently stroke the entire length of my penis, and then produce a very strong sensation by concentrating on the area just below the glans (but still with a gentle stroking). This builds up to an intense desire to ejaculate, which continues until I can't stand it any more. Then I grip just a bit tighter and massage the base of my penis through the front of the scrotum. This produces a very powerful orgasm and ejaculation, completely different from what I usually get with my right hand.
- age 40, California
For a while, I was totally unable to masturbate using my left hand (I'm right-handed). I tried a few times, but it just wasn't strong enough. It took quite long to get even close to orgasm. But after some weight training, my arms became stronger and better balanced, so now I can use either hand. In fact, I sometimes use my left hand to masturbate and use my right hand to surf the Web. The left hand occasionally gives me a slightly increased climax.
- age 14, Michigan
"Masturbating left-handed, I have a much
lighter touch, so sessions last longer."
I can use either hand now, but until 1994, I could climax only by using my dominant, right hand. In 1994, I had to start using a computer terminal at work with a mouse instead of the old keyboard-only style. I learned to use the mouse left-handed so I could write notes at the same time. Since then I have been stimulating my penis left-handed until I climax. I tickle my scrotum with the other hand. Masturbating left-handed, I have a much lighter touch, so sessions last longer and therefore produce a stronger, more pleasurable orgasm. Ah, the wonders of technology!
- age 53, Florida
When I masturbate normally, I can use only my right hand. But when I sit in class, I must use my right hand to write down notes, so I use my left hand to rub and stimulate my penis head. When I try using my left hand in normal masturbation sessions, it never works. I can't get excited. But when I use my left hand in class, I always get orgasms.
- age 17, Malaysia
I can usually masturbate with my left hand – but once I start getting really excited, my left hand doesn't move fast enough, so I have to change to the right. However, when I masturbate in my hot tub, I can achieve an orgasm with my left hand. Masturbating underwater is one of the best feelings in the world, and when you change hands underwater, it really feels like another person doing it.
- age 22, Florida
My friend has a penis long enough that he can use both hands at the same time, but he says he hates being so big and wishes he was "normal," like me and the rest of our friends (who can only use one hand at a time to masturbate). I can use the "wrong" hand to masturbate to orgasm, but I usually pretend my buddy is lying next to me, and that it's his hand and not mine on my erection.
- age 14, Maine
I can use both hands, and it feels great with both! It's nice to be able to use my left hand, too, so that I can pleasure my boyfriend while I'm pleasuring myself.
- age 15, Illinois (female)
I can't use both hands at once, but I certainly can masturbate to orgasm with the *wrong* hand and it feels just as good. I do it all the time when at the computer, since I have to use my right for scrolling, especially when reading parts of JackinWorld.
- age 42, Maine
I mostly use my right hand and reach orgasm every time, but my primary masturbation technique is a sort of male sex toy. It's a furry little tube that feels great!
- age 13, Florida
The hand I use depends on what position I'm in. When I am lying face down, I use both hands, either with one on each side of my clitoris or my left index and middle fingers inside me and my right index finger along my clitoris. When I am sitting at the computer, I use my left hand because my right hand is on the mouse or arrow keys, with my index and middle fingers on either side of my clitoris. For some reason, if I'm sitting, but not at the computer, I can't use my left hand. I'm right-handed. My most intense orgasms used to be from lying on my belly with my hands on either side of my clitoris, but now my most intense orgasms are left-handed at the computer. I have been avoiding the computer as a masturbation tool because it has become too much of a crutch.
- age 29, California (female)
I am right-handed, but since I am usually on the computer when I am masturbating, I tend to use my less dominant hand, my left. I've noticed this tends to prolong the experience because I naturally use less force. When I am close to orgasm, or ready to stop using the mouse on the computer, I add my right hand to the equation, which feels great – almost as if it's another person, like a foreign hand. After the long work-up, masturbating with two hands finishes it off nicely.
- age 16, Maryland
Once I broke my shoulder and I had to use my left hand to masturbate. I found that I liked the change. It didn't quite feel like I was rubbing my penis, as I didn't have very much control over what I was doing, and I couldn't get the same rhythm I can with my right hand. It felt much more like it feels when my girlfriend masturbates me. Since then, I have masturbated more with my left hand. It has become part of my masturbatory repertoire.
- age 18, Massachusetts
I can masturbate with either hand, but I can only bring myself to orgasm with my right hand – more specifically, with two fingers on my right hand. Maybe when I was 12 or 13 I could have done it with my left hand. (I know I could do it then by leaning up against a washing machine in motion, which is no longer the case.) However, after all these years, I am rather specific in what brings me to orgasm. It always annoyed me that my wife never bothered to learn how to do this, though I certainly did my best to teach her. She just wasn't interested, I guess.
- age 35, Florida
I always have a faster and stronger orgasm when I use my "wrong" (left) hand. My best and largest orgasms, though, have been no-hands, when I just let my muscles pump out the semen without touching myself. I've done it when I've masturbated with both guys and girls, and it's always a big, visual turn-on for both of us!
- age 17, Maryland
I most often stroke with my left hand. (You don't have to shake hands with that one.) My right hand takes care of my testicles. It caresses, squeezes, pulls, or pats them. Sometimes I do like to palm my shaft with both hands – one on top, the other under. I squeeze my penis between both palms. And I have climaxed with only the right, but it's usually because I'm pulling my penis from behind.
- age 34, Pennsylvania
I have tried to masturbate with my left hand several times, but the more aroused and horny I get, the less I care about the trial. I end up stroking my penis with my right hand every time. So, I still don't know if masturbating with the "wrong" hand feels good or even better, but it sure seems like it's worth giving it a few more tries.
- age 17, Japan
I can use both hands. Recently, I have liked the "left-hand crossover." I bring my thumb and index finger to the base of my erection and squeeze it from bottom to top. When I get tired, I switch hands. I start my erection by shaving my pubic area, since I do not like hair. After the first ejaculation, I rub the semen on my relaxed erection and start again.
- age 32, Florida
No hands! Something fuzzy or soft below me is enough. Then I could just hump, hump, hump away! At times, I may hold a scrunched up blanket under me with both hands.
- age 15, Indiana
I like to explore myself with both hands when I start. It gives me two friendly feelers to wander all over my back, legs, breasts, and around my vulva. And I like to feel explored by both of my hands. When I get to serious squeezing and rubbing, there is a different sensation when I use my "wrong" hand to play with my breasts or nipples. It feels like somebody else is doing it, and I usually like that. I can also get to orgasm that way. Normally with the "usual" hand, I know it's me doing it for myself, and that's always the richest. Of course, I like to let both hands do it at the same time, and it feels like two lovers – me and another.
- age 34, Wisconsin (female)
Usually, I "hump" my bed face-down, but when I use the good-old-fashioned up-and-down stroke, I use just my left hand to stroke my penis, while I use the right to play with my testicles. It feels like I'm squeezing the semen out of them. It's just a better way for me to do it.
- age 14, California
Both, either...it really makes no difference. This makes sense to me, because I can also write with either hand.
- age 24, Oregon
Previously, I could use only one hand. Through JackinWorld, I learned the "Backhand" technique. Using that technique is the only way it works for me with my non-preferred hand
- age 16, Australia
Yes, I definitely use either or both hands to masturbate. Since becoming a regular JackinWorld reader, I've experimented with many techniques, and the variety is great. Most of the time, I now use more than one technique at each session. Even though I use both hands alone and together, I don't remember reaching a climax with the "wrong" hand alone. Now that it has been brought to my attention, I will have to see how that works for me. I am sure it will be wonderful.
- age 64, Florida