The basic fact about masturbation that people know is the general pleasure that you experience during and after the activity. You might do it regularly as a way to indulge in self pleasure without second thoughts.
However, there are many things that you may not know about female masturbation, aside from the pleasure that you get from it. You may not know this, but masturbation is actually good for your health.
Here are some more facts about female masturbation that might pique your interest:
It’s Good for the Health
Masturbation can help you destress and focus. The focus needed in masturbating can keep the stress away from your mind. Think about your most pleasurable orgasm. That orgasm did not happen because you were frantic and uneasy. Getting an orgasm requires you to set aside the stress. In turn, it will relieve you of any stress.
Masturbating is also good for your vagina. The benefits you get from kegel exercises are the same benefits that you get from masturbation. Having orgasms can make your pelvic floor strong and healthy, which will prevent urinary incontinence and promote your overall sexual health. Urinary incontinence includes leaking pee while sneezing, coughing, or laughing.
Doing it will also help you get a relaxing sleep. There is a reason you feel sleepy after sexual activities, it relieves tension and exhausts the body. By releasing the tension, you easily fall asleep. Thus, you become calmer and relaxed after masturbating.
You will also lessen menstrual pain and cramps when you masturbate regularly. As mentioned, masturbating helps prevent any urinary defect. Since there is a uterine contraction, menstrual blood comes out faster and prevents any menstrual cramps. Moreover, there is no harm in masturbating while on your period.
Self-stimulation is also good for your heart. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women. Besides exercise and a healthy diet, self-stimulation can regulate blood flow and lessen the risk of heart diseases.
Lastly, masturbation helps counteract any problems during menopause. Masturbating increases blood flow to the vagina, prompting lubrication. You will experience vaginal atrophy through the years, leading to your menopause. Vaginal atrophy is the dryness of the vagina, which can cause discomfort. Thus, masturbating will help in lubricating your vaginal area to counteract any problems during menopause.
A Lot of Women Do It
You always hear that all men masturbate. Sometimes, it is a taboo to talk about women masturbating. Women are sometimes missing out on pleasure compared to men. The main reason why some women do not masturbate is due to their relationship with masturbation per se.
However, a survey conducted in America found that 76% of the women respondents like pleasuring themselves through masturbation. In Australia, a survey revealed that 17% of women working from home are even masturbating during work hours! On the estimate, women have masturbated at some point in their lives, and that’s okay.
It Does Not Cause Any Disease
Unless you use dirty hands or dirty toys when masturbating, doing it will not cause any disease. Masturbation does not do any harm mentally and physically. However, your genitals might feel a bit sore for a short period after doing it. If you are doing it with toys, make sure that you sanitize them before using or putting a condom on them.
Also, the risk of transmission of Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) is low if you are doing it with your partner. There is little to no risk as long as you do not transfer any fluid from your genitals to one another, either using fingers or any other method.
It’s Okay to Do It Daily
Masturbating every day is not harmful, whether you reach orgasm or not. You can masturbate as often as you want, whenever you feel like doing it. Self-pleasure is a wonderful form of self-care that is only harmful if it affects your ability to function in your daily life or affects your energy levels.
Masturbating Is Not Cheating
Masturbating is a difficult topic to discuss, especially if you already have a sexual partner. The most common myth about masturbating is that it is a form of cheating. However, always remember that masturbation is normal, no matter what relationship status you are in.
Research shows that masturbating can improve a person's sexual well-being, and doing it with a partner can have a stimulating effect on the libido. In Canada, a study found that women who masturbate regularly are more aware of their sexual needs and acknowledge them.
Masturbating leads one to discover her sexual preferences. Knowing and understanding your sexual preference will also help in your sexual encounters with your partner. Masturbation, while in a relationship, can also prompt more mutual sexual activity.
The problem comes when your partner views masturbating differently. Your partner might feel inadequate and insecure. However, make your partner understand masturbation and its effect on both of your sex lives. It all comes down to preference. What works for one couple might not work for another couple.
Make It More Fun With Toys
Sex toys are not only reserved for your partner, but it also makes masturbation more adventurous and fun. Toys open women to a kind of pleasure that they cannot experience with their hands or partners. Toys wander into your G-spot and other sensitive parts of your feminine area without the worry of pleasing your partner at the same time.
Buzz to pleasure with vibrators. Vibrators can be for external clitoral stimulation, internal vaginal stimulation, internal and external stimulation, or anal stimulation. If you don’t like vibrators, you can also opt for a dildo. Invest in a dildo that has good size and material. You can buy them at any physical sex toy stores or order them from online shops, like Bellesa Boutique.
Women may feel embarrassed when talking about masturbation. However, masturbation is normal and healthy and not something to be guilty and ashamed of. Moreover, masturbation offers a lot of benefits, aside from pleasure. The only time that you should be alarmed about masturbating is when it already interfered with your life in a bad way.
Belinda is a 42-year-old married mother of three who lives in Naples, Florida. While staying at home to raise her children, she began to write articles and blogs for various outlets. She was raised in a strict, Christian home, but has since found more peace with a more spiritual approach to life and health. A strong believer in natural and alternative medicine, energy healing, and total wellness, she stumbled on the health benefits of the female orgasm quite by accident. Since then, she has often written pieces that help inform others about the benefits she discovered. Belinda also enjoys taking care of her home and family, and often jokes that she is a bit of a Stepford wife… with a wild side. In her free time, she loves to spend time at the beach with her family, host parties and BBQ’s, and work outside in one of her many flower gardens.