We’re shouting loud and proud about the fact that May is Masturbation Month. Yes, a whole month dedicated to you. Exploring your body. Prioritizing your own sexual pleasure. Enjoying your orgasms. Sold, right? Unfortunately, there are still many people who aren’t quite there with you… Those who question whether it’s OK to masturbate – whether it’s ‘normal’.
We’re here to remind you that OH YES it’s completely normal – mandatory even – as it comes with a whole host of health benefits, as well as the fact it feels great.
Here, we take a look at why masturbation comes so highly recommended there’s a whole month dedicated to it.
Masturbation Month – where it all began
San Francisco-based sex shop Good Vibrations lays claim to coining Masturbation Month in 1995, following then-Surgeon General Dr Jocelyn Elders’ cruel firing for stating that young people’s sex education should include the topic of masturbation.
That was ludicrous – but to fly in the face of it, Good Vibrations ran with the celebration of masturbation to raise awareness of the benefits and, simply, highlight its importance. Now an annual celebration, Masturbation Month is a great reminder that, yes, giving yourself a helping hand is perfectly normal, but more than this, it’s healthy and pleasurable. And totally recommended.
Why everyone should masturbate
Aside from the fact that masturbation is extremely pleasurable (do we need any other reason?!), it actually has a whole range of health benefits too.
Masturbation can be a great stress reliever, as well as help you sleep better, thanks to the different hormones at play throughout your solo session. It’s oxytocin and endorphins, calming hormones released after orgasm, that help nudge you into a deep, relaxing sleep.
Body confidence and self-esteem also go hand in hand with masturbation. It stands to reason that if you take the time to get to know your own body and what turns you on, you’ll be more confident in your own needs and sexuality.
Plus, mood-boosting hormones can mean decreased feelings of depression and given that masturbation is like a little personal workout, your blood is flowing, which means all the great benefits of exercise are coming your way too.
Self-pleasure doesn’t simply feel good – it’s great for your mental and physical health too.
Celebrate Masturbation Month in style
A party for one has never sounded more tantalizing – it’s all about the self love this May (in the most literal sense possible). Set aside some time to focus on you – every inch of you – and really get to know your body. Try new positions and places. Use your hands or invest in some of the best gadgetry on the market. Kiiroo’s male masturbators take interactive pleasure to a whole new level, while there’s something for every need and sensation in our collection of vibrators.
And if you still want to invite others to the party, try mutual masturbation. This way, you’re still only focusing on yourself but you get the added benefit of a visual aid while you’re doing it!
It’s all about mixing it up to find out what works for you. And then hey, why not tell your friends all about it afterwards?!
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