Self Love is the Most Radical Form of Self Care - 5 Health Benefits of Masturbation

I bet you are not surprised that a sex toy shop is going gaga for Masturbation month. If you’ve been hanging around here a while, you probably know that we are about more than just sales we are are all about your sexual wellness. A big reason why we love May so much is because of the health benefits of the month that promotes masturbation and we’re huge fans of self-pleasure. Did you know that according to Indiana University’s National Survey Of Sexual Health And Behavior, more than half of American adults say they masturbate up to four times a week. I wonder how often us Aussies enjoy considering we are among the highest consumers of sex toys (adjusted for population size) in the world.

 
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Masturbation is completely natural. Not only does it bring us pleasure but it has additional health benefits. Check these out;

  1. Alone time - In this world where we are constantly connected, were populations are concerntrated more and more into ever growing cities, where the majority of work spaces are open plan and crowded we need down time, we crave alone time. It is important to make yourself a priority even if that means scheduling in some self love time. Indulge the rebel in you and say no to that extra invitation and stay in and enjoy in some self pleasure. Spend the time focusing solely on your pleasure.  This will give you a chance to recharge your physical and mental wellbeing.

  2. It’s good for you - It is a built in mood booster, when it comes to your brain, masturbation releases mood-boosting feel-good endorphins. Masturbation can also help alleviate stress from your busy day. Did you know that self-pleasure is a form of cardio that can offer benefits to the health of your heart and blood pressure? In women it can help keep yeast infections away and can help prevent prostate cancer in men. It is also a great way to boost body image and get to know your body better,

  3. Will help you orgasm - If you know your body and your pleasure and if you can orgasm through masturbation you are better placed to be able to when you are with a partner. If you know what works for you you can share that with your partner and you are setting both of you up for a whole lot of fun and great sex. It is also a great way to know what you want in sex.

  4. Know your desires - Your desires and fantasies are all yours. And your daydreams can be an excellent way to get to know what you want in great sex and can be a way to get ready for passion and intimacy. By getting to know what turns you on, you can teach your partner(s) how to help bring you to orgasm each time (if orgasm is the goal!) Use the experience to tune into how your body reacts to different touches, and share your new knowledge with your partner(s). By pleasing yourself you could end up feeling more positive about your body which can pave the way to more confidence and the willingness to spend more time on your personal care. Induging in your own fantasy world is your own individual playground but it can also be a way to build confidence in knowing what you want in partnered sex and confidence in your self.

  5. Love thy self - . By understanding more about how your body works you can learn to make better decisions and create stronger intimate boundaries. The ability to bring yourself physical pleasure is deeply empowering because you don’t need anyone else’s validation that you’re a turn-on! The greatest and longest love you will have in your life is with yourself. Masturbation is a a great way of building that relationship into the best one you can have. Treat yourself every day, even if you just start with a few pleasurable moments and work your way up for more self-love time. Self care does not make your selfish and neither do self-pleasure. It helps you fill that cup that this busy world keep draining and helps you be able to give more of yourself to others.

You can also use your exploration to help you let go of orgasm expectations and enjoy the alone time and doing something that feels good for you while you look after yourself.