Masturbation and all its glorious Health Benefits
The hippies in the 1960s hit musical Hair represented the counterculture of the time, tackling society’s taboos head-on when they sang: “Masturbation can be fun”.
For a long time, self-pleasure was considered to be something sinful and was widely discouraged. (Sadly, these days, you still have droves of distraught fanatics, relentlessly promoting the apocryphal benefits of No Fap)
Unfortunately, many people today are still ashamed to admit that they masturbate.
Yet in the meantime, we’ve learned that masturbation isn’t just fun and really really good, but also vital to our sexual health!
With Masturbation Month around the corner, here are 11 health benefits of masturbation that will definitely convince you to turn it into part of your daily routine.
1. It Helps Relieve Stress
Masturbation can help relieve stress that has been building up in your daily life due to countless obligations and pressures. Masturbation can function like meditation in the sense that all your thoughts and worries fade away. With reduced stress, your mind becomes clear, and the physical pleasure takes over, allowing you to fully relax and let go.
2. You Will Sleep Better
A lot of people struggle with insomnia and sleep deprivation. This is often the result of our hectic lives and never-ending inputs and stimuli. Masturbation can help you sleep because dopamine (the “feel-good” hormone) is released during the anticipation of an orgasm. After the orgasm, oxytocin, and endorphins are released, the calming hormones that give you that warm, cozy glow that will ease you into a deep sleep.
3. It Increases Self-Esteem
By masturbating frequently, you are bound to get to know yourself better and learn to appreciate your body more. This will in turn increase your self-esteem, making you more confident about yourself and your sexuality. It also gives you the opportunity to last longer in bed when it comes to partnered sex.
4. It Increases Your Experience of Pleasure
Do not underestimate the importance of experiencing pleasure! Feeling comfortable to play with yourself and explore yourself sexually helps you connect with your creative and playful side. It adds an element of fun and enjoyment to your daily life that keeps things bright and interesting.
5. It Helps Prevent Depression
Masturbation helps decrease the feeling of depression. The mood-boosting hormones dopamine and epinephrine are released in your body during arousal, which improves your feeling of well-being. Moreover, a sense of sexual satisfaction has an overall positive effect on your mental health, making you feel more fulfilled and at peace.
6. It Releases Sexual Tension
Masturbation offers an instantaneous release of sexual tension. Going too long without sexual activity can cause anxiety, irritation, and tension. By releasing this tension through masturbation, you will feel calmer and more at peace, which will, in turn, have a positive effect on yourself and your surroundings.
7. It Helps Relieve Pain
Masturbation is one of the easiest ways to take your mind off of pain. The intense pleasure you experience from the dopamine-rush relieves you temporarily from the sensation of pain. What’s more, orgasms increase blood flow to your brain and reproductive organs, which in turn helps ease menstrual cramps and headaches.
8. It Prevents Cervical Infections and Urinary Tract Infections
When women masturbate, their cervix stretches out, allowing cervical fluids full of bacteria to be flushed out. This flushing out of bacteria helps prevent cervical infections and urinary tract infections.
9. It Reduces the Risk of Prostate Cancer
For men, masturbation helps reduce the risk of prostate cancer, by giving the prostate the chance to flush out potential cancer-causing toxins that build up in the prostate.
10. It’s Good for your Heart
Masturbation is like a little personal work-out, which definitely gets your blood flowing. This is a plus for your heart, because a healthy exercise regime is key to preventing heart disease and helps maintain a steady level of blood pressure. Studies have shown that people who experience more orgasms have a greater resistance to coronary heart disease and type-2 diabetes. Men who ejaculated less often are 50% more likely to have a higher death rate than those who orgasmed 3 or more times a week.
Speaking of exercise, masturbation makes your pelvic floor muscles stronger. You read that right. When you orgasm, your internal muscles work together basically giving you a work out for your pelvic floor muscles.
Clearly, self-pleasure is not just something that feels good, but it also has many mental and physical health benefits. So if you still felt any shame about masturbating, we hope that this article has helped you rid yourself of it!