Put your shame aside. We are all for this delightful vice.
Masturbation, is often a source of embarrassment, teasing, and snarky comments about hairy palms. Although many people feel ashamed of their masturbation habits, it’s a healthy and satisfying means of self-pleasure.
What is Masturbation?
By Oxford Dictionary definition of it is the "stimulation of the genitals with the hand for sexual pleasure".
An orgasm isn’t required for masturbation to feel good but for many people, it’s the entire point. Some call it “self-love” or “solo sex.” Whatever you call it, it’s what makes you feel good, relax and be more aware about your own sexual pleasure!
People believe plenty of myths about masturbation. Many people learn these myths as kids in school when everyone is figuring out their own body and learning about sexual pleasure. Other myths come from family, society, and even religion. Truth is, masturbation will not lead to:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Physical weakness
- Unsatisfying sex or relationships
Stimulating your own body and making yourself feel good are not inherently bad, and you are not bad for doing it. Sex is a natural function of the body, and sexual pleasure is a natural byproduct of that including sex with yourself.
For the vast majority of people who enjoy masturbation, it is a fun and healthy thing to do. It offers plenty of physical, mental, and emotional benefits.
Here are some amazing health benefits of masturbation:
#1: Learn About Yourself
The more you touch yourself, the more you'll learn what you like. Using your hands or a sex toy, learn what turns you on and what gets you off. Over time, you'll become more comfortable and confident in your own body, allowing you to better guide your partner in pleasuring you in bed!
#2: Eases Period Pains
Masturbation can ease menstrual cramps during your period. It can also help ease headaches and muscle tension. Post-menopausal women can use it as a way to maintain their sexual function. In some cases, this can mean less vaginal dryness that is most often associated with menopause.
#3: Relieves Tension
When you masturbate and orgasm, your body releases feel-good hormones. This elevates your mood and helps you relax from stress. Feeling annoyed or anxious? Try masturbating. It can also a good way for pregnant women to feel more comfortable and less tense—as long as the pregnancy isn’t high risk.
#4: Keeps Illnesses Away
Masturbation has been shown to lower blood pressure and help with sleep. It also increases blood flow to your sexual organs which keeps them healthy. Recent studies have found that frequent ejaculation, including through masturbation, also lowers the risk of prostate cancer in men.
#5: Improves Sex
Masturbation can improve sex in various ways. Not only does it allows you to understand your sexual self and be a better communicator in bed, it can also be added to your foreplay routine. Touch yourself and put up a show for you partner or simply masturbate together—it’s all up to you! Masturbation will help you express your desires and increase pleasure, leading to a more fulfilling sex life.
Overall, masturbation is healthy practice and a wonderful way to express desire, learn about yourself, and make both your mind and body feel good. So don't shy away but embrace it—and all its amazing health benefits!