Masturbation. We’ve said it, now that’s out of the way, why is talking about it such a faux-pas? It’s a common activity and a safe and natural way to explore your body, release tension plus, it feels good! We want to embrace your sexual urges and show you the benefits of self-pleasure, no matter your gender or background.
Contrary to older generations telling adolescents that masturbation is bad for you, with myths such as ‘it could make you go blind’ or ‘if you pull it, it will fall off’ – there is no proof that there is any truth in it. In fact, there are health benefits to regular self-pleasure, here are some interesting benefits of masturbation.
1. For women, masturbating can help with period cramps, your mood and help you sleep.
Although you might not feel in the mood for self-love when you’re on your period, it’s actually a good time to masturbate, especially if you suffer from cramps. When you orgasm, neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine are released, these hormones can relieve pain from back pain, to headaches and yes, period cramps. The endorphins released during climax, can also help you feel happier and better at a time where you might normally fall out with your hormones. The magic doesn’t stop there, your body is so wonderful and amazing, a simple little self-pleasure can help you sleep at a time when you might not feel comfortable.
2. Some research suggests that it can lower the risk of prostate cancer
This is a controversial one, there isn’t strong evidence but research has shown that there could be a link between regular ejaculation and the reduction in risk of prostate cancer. The main thing to take away from this is, there a slim chance it can benefit your body, and a zero chance of harming your body – so we take that as a great benefit. A Harvard study showed that men who ejaculate 21 times a month can reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 20% compared to men who ejaculate 4 to 7 times a month.
3. You can’t get pregnant or an STI
With just me, myself and I, there is no risk of an unplanned pregnancy or contracting a sexually transmitted infection. This makes masturbation the safest form of sex – something for you to enjoy on your own. There’s also the option, if you need to be cautious not to touch your partner – mutual masturbation can be a fun and sexy way to experience a sex in a way that does not risk anyone’s health.
Other notable benefits include:
- It helps you love yourself more.
- It can make sex with others better.
- It can boost your confidence and body image.
- It’s good for your vagina.
- It’s good for your heart.
- It can relieve built-up stress
- It can help you relax or feel pleasure