Just like any sexual relationship, things can get a little stale if it’s the same old in-and-out, and that includes masturbation. Excite the man downstairs by making him feel special with a few new masturbation techniques. Not only will it feel good now, but it can also lead to extra-spicy sex with a partner down the line.

Masturbation Technique #1: Slow Down, Cowboy

Yes, a man is the master of his domain. He can get himself off in one minute or less. However, how enjoyable is it to just quickly do it and then move on with the day? Not very. Sure, a quickie is okay on occasion, but a man should treat himself to a more prolonged, pleasurable experience. Instead of focusing on the end-result (ejaculation), think similarly as one would with a partner. This creates greater anticipation and a stronger release, but it also translates to better lovemaking with a partner.

Masturbation Technique #2: The Hand-Screw

Start the process by standing with a nicely lubed-up hand. Then twist the hand so that the thumb is facing the navel. Wrap the hand around the penis and thrust the penis in and out of the hand rather than pumping with the hand. Be careful on hardwood or tiled floors – no one wants to slip and explain it to an EMT.

Masturbation Technique #3: Do the Stop-Start

This is a technique where it works the same way it sounds. It’s also known as “edging.” While this technique is for any man, many men who have ejaculation issues use it as a therapeutic way to increase the duration of sex. The idea is to prolong the pleasure.

Here's how to do it. Start masturbating, and then about 30 seconds before orgasm, stop, and let the body retreat for a moment. Then, start up again, slowly working up to the moment and then pulling back right before what’s called “a feeling of inevitability.” (Fans of The League will know this as the “vinegar strokes.”) This is when a man can feel his semen moving through his genitals. Repeat as preferred and then enjoy the massive orgasm that awaits at the very end.

Not only is this a more-intense orgasm, but it also helps a man control his erection and his release with a partner. The more in-tune he is with his body, the more a man can control his end of the sexual experience with a partner.

Masturbation Technique #4: Explore Erogenous Zones

Penis-focused masturbation is fine, but every once in a while, explore some erogenous zones. The balls, for instance, can produce a lot of pleasure. Fondle, rub, or lightly pull them and see how it feels. Most men forget these hot spots when self-pleasuring, even though many a man complains about the ladies avoiding them. Check out the perineum (also called the taint) and see what’s cracking there. Experiment with every area that produces a shiver of excitement.

Masturbation Technique #5: Add a Toy (or Two)

Oddly enough, society completely embraces and encourages (well, most of society) women to bring toys into the bedroom to enhance self- and partner play. Men, on the other hand, don’t seem to get that same suggestion openly. Invest in some sexual aides to help with solo pleasure. Consider things like anal beads, cock rings, and dildos to breathe a little fresh air into the masturbation process. Fleshlights or penis sleeves are also super popular and create a snug fit that feels more like the real thing. Make like Lewis and Clark and explore this new toy land!

No matter how a man does it, he should be sure to take good care of his penis after masturbating. Cleanse and rinse the penis thoroughly and follow with airdrying or by patting with a soft towel. Go the extra mile and massage a formulated penis health creme (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which has been clinically proven safe and mild for skin) on the penis to nourish, protect, and fortify the member. Look for crèmes that fight nerve damage with L-carnitine and boost blood flow with vitamin C to keep the penis sensitive and robust.