Masturbation has gotten a bad rap historically, but sex with one is still sex. And this is the one-night standard you’ll actually feel better after about. Masturbation has some awesome health benefits and feels real, really, really, really good.
Research shows most people over the age of 18 have masturbated at least once, but few do it routinely. On the average 16% of people between 25 and 29 masturbate two to three times a week.
Masturbation is a normal, enjoyable and healthy experience. It’s time to put the taboo subject of masturbation to bed and realize a little self-play might be exactly what you need.
Here are some reasons you should do was self-exploration:
1. It makes you happier.
“We know that pleasure makes people feel good,” Streicher said. It’s really that simple. Orgasms release the endorphins dopamine and oxytocin, which can improve your mood and create a natural high. Who needs drugs when you can make your orgasm?
2. You become more comfortable with your body.
Your body should be your best friend — it’s one of the only things that will be with you your entire life. And part of becoming besties with your body includes exploring it. It is extremely important that you get to know and have an appreciation of your own anatomy and how to self-pleasure. That way you can give your partner the roadmap to happy land.
3. It can improve your sex life.
Masturbation allows you to explore your body and find out what feels best. Knowing your body in this way can make you more confident in bed and more vocal with partners. Once you figure out what you like, you can tell your partner where to touch you. That’s the roadmap to happy land.
4. It helps you sleep.
There’s a reason most of us feel so sleepy after those toe-curling climaxes: Orgasms physically and emotionally relieve tension and exhaust the body, which allows you to fall asleep quicker. Generally, people do sleep better after masturbating, but very often it’s from feeling relaxed and satisfied.
5. It’s a great way to release sexual tension.
If you’ve chosen to not have sex or are simply going through a dry spell, masturbating is a great way to satisfy your libido.
6. Masturbating can ease body aches and menstrual pain.
“If you have a uterine contraction while self-stimulating and a uterine contraction can help menstrual blood come out faster… theoretically it’s going to help with cramps,” Streicher said. While she cautioned that the research behind this benefit is relatively limited, Streicher said there’s no reason not to masturbate while on your period: “It’s never a bad thing and if it seems to help you then go for it.” Either way, it’s more fun than a heating pad.
7. It relieves stress.
Anything that makes you feel more relaxed and gets you to turn off the day, whether you do yoga or get a foot massage, it’s all the same thing. It’s not that it has to be sexual but sex and self-stimulation is definitely one of the ways to relieve stress. Sounds like an awesome way to unwind.
8. Masturbation helps your body stay sexual… even when you’re not having sex.
If you’re between partners, there’s a very strong benefit to keeping things going by self-stimulating — not only in terms of keeping the tissues elastic and healthy and increasing blood flow but just getting your brain going. We know that sex and arousal starts in the brain… The more sex you have, the more sex you want because you think about sex more. If you have someone who hasn’t been sexual for a very long period of time, in most cases, they’re not even thinking about it.
9. There are tons of cool gadgets to help you masturbate.
From hands-free vibrators to buzzing faux lipstick bottles, there’s a masturbation toy for every people.
10. If you’re in a relationship, it’s a great way to mix things up — and keep you coming back for more.
The more sex you have, the more sex you’ll want to have. It follows that the more you masturbate and become comfortable being sexual with your own body, the more you’ll want to be sexual with your partner. “We know that being self-sexual is going to stimulate the part of the brain that is going to keep your libido alive and well.
11. Multiple. Orgasms.
Understanding how your body works helps you know exactly how to pleasure it. Once, twice, three times — it’s up to you! Climax is often times only at the end of sex for men, but women can keep going. Why stop at one?
12. There are no downsides to it.
Masturbation has absolutely zero negative effects. Nothing bad can happen from doing it — you can’t catch anything, you can’t get pregnant, you’re not going to get sick. It’s the best thing out there as far as a feel-good vice that isn’t going to have any negative repercussions.
13. Great for heart health.
Lower blood pressure
14. Masturbating doesn’t reflect on your relationship.
The fact is that most people masturbate. They masturbate if they’re single, in a bad relationship, or in a great relationship. It’s just something they do that has nothing to do with their partners.
15. It feels f*&^%$! amazing.
No explanation needed.