When you think of masturbation, what comes to mind? Do you think it’s dirty or serves no purpose? Well, you’re missing out on some great benefits.
Helps improve mood and depression. No this isn’t a cure all, and you shouldn’t throw out your anti depressants. BUT orgasms stimulates the release of pleasure endorphins from the brain, which flood the body and boost your mood.
Can help you sleep better. Are you an insomniac? Well not only will touching yourself release pleasure endorphins but it also releases a slew of other feel-good chemicals such as oxytocin, vasopressin, and prolactin, all of which naturally help you fall asleep. It makes sense since both reaching orgasm and snoozing requires feeling relaxed and free of anxiety. Masturbation can have a natural sedative effect on the body, fighting the effects of daily tension and stress. Plus if you can’t sleep what else do you have to do when you’re laying in bed? I can’t think of anything better.
Can lower your risk of Prostate/Cervical Cancer. It can help prevent cervical cancer because orgasms regularly flex the cervix which keep it healthy. In terms of the Prostate, orgasms cleans the prostate gland as semen is expelled during an orgasm. It also bolsters levels of testosterone, which may help to protect the heart.
It’s the safest sex you can have. Unless you’re using a toy made of a questionable material, the safest sex you can have is with yourself. Sex toys, or your trusty hand, won’t get you pregnant, won’t give you an STD, and it won’t break your heart!
Better then vitamins. Orgasms may result in fewer colds. Having sex once or twice a week is linked with higher levels of Immunoglobulin A, or IgA, an antibody in your saliva that helps your immune system to fight off bugs.
Glowing radiant skin. Orgasms increase blood flow to the skin by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system, causing blood vessels in the skin to open up, creating a
flushed look. And in the lead-up to the main event, your body releases tons of DHEA, an anti-ageing steroid hormone that keeps you looking young.
It can help with body image. To know ones self is to love ones self. Knowledge of your own body can be super empowering. The more you tune in to your mind and body, the happier you’ll be in your relationships. When you know what you need to bring yourself pleasure and orgasm, you strengthen your connection to your body. When you know you can bring yourself physical pleasure, you don’t need someone else to validate that you’re sexy.
It can make sex with others better. It’s a myth that those who use vibrators or other toys will have a hard time orgasming with someone else. In fact knowing what you like is the best way to be able to inform someone else how to get you off.
Can help clear your mind. Pleasure in general is a great way to clear your mind and get rid of anxiety. It can help ground you, kind of like meditating! But if sitting on a meditation cushion isn’t doing it for you, grab your favorite toy. The physical release doubles as stress relief, and can be a great way to get in touch with your body and out of your head.
It feels good! The most important reason. It’s 2017, if something isn’t giving you pleasure, don’t do it. Be invested in your happiness and pleasure.