08/02/2017 05:51 GMT | Updated 08/02/2017 05:58 GMT

My First Time Masturbating

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Close-up of sexy pink panties on a woman's feet

You don't need a partner to have amazing, fireworks-on-the-Fourth-of-July level orgasms.

The animated Glamour video above is a great reminder of that. In it, a 27-year-old woman named Mariel talks about how reading harlequin novels and erotica as a teen quickly led her down the pathway to self-pleasure.

"I saw stars," she says of her first time masturbating. "I must have come in less than 30 seconds. Needless to say, I fell right to sleep."

Now as an adult, she still considers sex with herself the best sex she's ever had.

"Every time I touch myself or learn a different way to make myself feel good, I feel more confident to bring that into my sexual experiences with other people," she says.

Watch the video to hear her full story.