The Health Benefits Of Masturbation
The year is 2022 and gone are the days that masturbation is thought of as taboo. While decades ago, people might have felt weird talking about potentially uncomfortable topics like masturbation and sex, we sure hope those days are behind us.
Now, we can have uplifting, adult conversations revolving around what used to be difficult topics. Masturbation is a normal, healthy function enjoyed by people of almost all ages. Teen masturbation is on the rise, with 89% of youths in Australia in Years 10 to 12 stating that they masturbate.
Additional research found that people who masturbate tend to have more satisfying sex lives, improved sleep quality, better health, and more self-confidence.
Masturbation Myths Debunked
- Masturbation causes infertility - Daily ejaculation has shown not to have much effect on sperm count.
- Masturbation causes blindness - Whaaaaat? Wonder where this one came from.
- Mental health issues - On the contrary. Regular masturbation releases dopamine, the “feel-good" hormone, and endorphins, triggering positive feelings throughout the body.
- Sexual perversion - Masturbation is a normal physical function, as natural as breathing. Humans and dolphins are the only two species that have sex purely for pleasure as opposed to it being simply a reproductive function, so be happy you get to enjoy yourself!
- Reduced sexual function - Another contradiction. Masturbation is a sign of a healthy sex drive and exploratory sexuality.
- Masturbation isn’t for people in relationships - Anyone who says this obviously hasn’t done much mutual masturbation. SO much fun! Throw in a couple of sex toys like this male masturbator and this rabbit vibrator and you’re in for some fun times in the sack!
"Masturbation isn’t for people in relationships" - Anyone who says this obviously hasn’t done much mutual masturbation. SO much fun!
The Benefits Of Masturbation
There are numerous health benefits of masturbation, so much so that some medical professionals suggest masturbation as a holistic cure for various ailments!
1. Your heart will thank you
Exercise is the most effective way to combat heart disease, but finding time to exercise regularly can be difficult for many people. The good news is that self-stimulation can be a great cardiovascular activity too! Researchers have found that people who have orgasms more often, alone or with their partner, have a lower risk of heart disease.
2. It lights up your mood
When you have an orgasm, your body releases a bunch of “feel-good” chemicals like dopamine and endorphins, helping elevate your mood and relieve any symptoms of depression.
3. You'll get better sleep
Do you recall that wonderful feeling of wanting to roll over and sink into bed after sex? An orgasm releases a ton of endorphins, promoting deeper sleep.
4. It may boost your libido
The more enjoyable you find your body, the more you’ll want to play with it! The more you stimulate yourself, the more you’ll want to be stimulated. Everyone experiences low libido at some point.
Depression, pain during sexual activity, excessive alcohol consumption, chronic illness, stress, and fatigue are all potential contributory factors. Regardless of the cause, it can be incredibly stressful to lose touch with your sexual self. A few orgasms should fix that!
5. It may prevent Infections of the cervical and urinary tract for women
Researchers have demonstrated that female masturbation may reduce the risks of cervical infections because a woman's orgasm tends to open the cervix when masturbating.
Many women diagnosed with a urinary tract infection report their desire to masturbate during such times, and this is for good reason. Masturbating helps relieve pain and lubricates the cervix, causing old, "unfriendly" bacteria to be flushed out.
6. It provides a natural way to prevent insomnia by releasing tension and hormones
Masturbation is common among many people at night or when they are having trouble falling asleep.
Anticipation of a sexual climax results in the release of dopamine, the “feel-good" hormone. A warm afterglow is felt following an orgasm and the release of oxytocin and endorphins, allowing you to sleep soundly.
7. It may boost your immunity and general health
Cortisol, a stress hormone, is released in men during ejaculation. In addition, studies have shown that masturbation improves cervical and cardiovascular health in women as well as reduces the risk of type-2 diabetes.
8. There's no danger
You can engage in masturbation without being concerned about STDs or pregnancy unless masturbation negatively impacts your relationship with friends or family.
If you are going through a dry spell or simply want some “me time”, masturbation is one of the top ways to indulge in your sexual needs.
9. You can be more confident and feel better about your body
Masturbation gives you a deeper understanding of your body and its inner workings. Self-awareness leaves you in a state of confidence and allows you to grow through self-love on an emotional and physical level.
A powerful step toward personal fulfillment is recognizing, articulating, and experiencing what brings you pleasure. Having very positive feelings about yourself allows you to transfer them to others. There is no more potent aphrodisiac than confidence!
10. It enhances sexual intimacy with your partner
Mutual masturbation is a way for couples who have different sexual drives and need to meet the needs they don't get from their partners. Or if for some reason, penetrative sex is off the table, we can learn a great deal about our partners' tendencies and preferences through observing them masturbate or masturbating them.
Additionally, you may be able to increase communication between partners who have a habit of assuming the old routine works well when it could totally use a refresher course.
11. Benefits of masturbating during pregnancy
If a growing belly is preventing penetrative sex, masturbating is a wonderful alternative, potentially relieving pregnancy symptoms such as morning sickness, back pain, and swollen feet. In addition, orgasms relieve oxytocin, a natural stress-reliever.
With so many benefits of masturbation, there really isn’t much of a downside. Of course, if the frequency of your masturbation gets out of hand, or it starts affecting your personal relationships, then it might be time to reevaluate your practices.
Get in the mood by lighting a candle, taking a long, sensual bath, or reading an erotic book. Let the mood take you where it needs to go!
What are you waiting for? Head to somewhere private and go knock one out!