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5 Health Benefits of Masturbation

Posted by Jodie West on

Masturbation is an important element of self-love and a great step toward greater sexual wellness and satisfaction.

Did you know that people who masturbate tend to be;

  • Better at achieving their own desired levels of pleasure
  • more reflective on the sexual aspects of their lives,
  • are better able to communicate their needs in intimate relations and
  • for those with vulvas that masturbate they are more resistant to gendered outdated standards in sexuality.

Masturbation can be a part of your daily health and beauty routine. It doesn’t have result in orgasm rather it is about pleasure and the benefits of pleasure, and should you reach orgasm then the benefits that come with that are a bonus.

  1. Masturbation helps you understand what your body likes and doesn’t. 

Scheduling time for masturbation is scheduling time to learn how your body responds to different sensations. The more comfortable you get with solo sessions the more comfortable you will be asking for what you want during partnered sex. Masturbation is a catalyst for improving your communication skills in intimate setting which can improve everyone involved pleasure.

  1. Masturbation strengthens bladder control.

Masturbation works out your pelvic floor muscles. During the pre-orgasm part of sex, the pelvic floor is tensed, and when it releases or relaxes the orgasm occurs. Having a stronger pelvic floor allows for stronger orgasms and may make it easier for you to have multiple orgasms.

  1. Masturbation supports the immune system and eases body aches and pains. 

Masturbation like sex of all kinds plays a role in building up your immune system. Increased blood flow is beneficial for overall wellness. Masturbation can also help relieve pain like menstrual cramps, headaches and pain in general. When you experience pleasure and/or have an orgasm a cocktail of hormones are released, including endorphins, which are the body's natural pain-killing mechanisms. 

  1. Masturbation boosts libido.

If stress is impacting your libido, one of the first steps you can take is touching yourself. Stress can put a downer on your sex drive but one of the best ways to resolve a stress cycle we think is an orgasm be it through self-pleasure or partnered sex. Using an arousal oil during masturbation can help get things started and further increase stimulation, overcome vaginal dryness and intensify orgasms. 

  1. Masturbation induces relaxation and more restful sleep.

When you orgasm, another part of that hormone cocktail that is released is oxytocin and vasopressin, which counteract stress hormones and help you fall asleep. Norepinephrine and serotonin then help your body get into a flow of REM sleep cycles to help you stay comfortably asleep through the night. Adding masturbation into your night-time routine could be the best way to have a better night sleep.

 

 

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