It’s not a coincidence if the line “I told you I was gonna masturbate all day” came from Samantha Jones in SATC, the most sexually active and liberated character of the show, and not a Charlotte. Indeed, it’s symptomatic of how taboo female masturbation can be.
But the truth is, not only is there nothing sinful or dirty about self-pleasure. Masturbation holds a lot of physical and mental health benefits. When we engage in sexual activity, we activate a number of pleasure zones in our bodies and physically show the signs: flushed cheeks, dilated pupils, a rapid heartbeat. Sex, be it with a partner or with yourself, holds the benefits of a work-out and a green juice, only more pleasurable!
And here is why masturbation is good for your health:
1- It maintains excellent heart health by reducing your stress
When we feel stressed, our brain releases cortisol, which is a chemical that makes our blood pressure rise. Orgasm brought about by masturbation tenses and then releases muscles which helps lower blood pressure by improving the flow of blood through our bodies. Masturbation triggers the production of endorphins which lower cortisol levels which in turn alleviate symptoms of stress and help keep our hearts happy and healthy.
2- It helps you sleep better
When you orgasm, a hormone called prolactin is released in your brain, which is your body’s way of telling you that you feel satisfied. Masturbating before bed is a great way to ensure a good night’s sleep, and will hopefully encourage you to experience some very sweet dreams!
3- It alleviates aches and pains
Endorphins reduce pain in our bodies, especially for women during their periods. Masturbating releases these endorphins and helps soothe any tension you may be experiencing. Orgasm releases and tenses your pelvic floor muscles which stimulates blood flow, alleviating menstrual cramps.
4- It keeps your muscles strong and healthy
While Kegel exercises are proven to help, a much more fun way to keep your pelvic muscles strong is to masturbate. Self-love strengthens the muscles in your genitals and pelvic floor area and help keep your reproductive tissues healthy, strong and flexible.
5- It keeps your mood elevated
At the moment of orgasm, neurochemicals called oxytocin and dopamine are released and flood our system. Oxytocin is sometimes referred to as the ‘love hormone’, as its release is triggered by moments of intimacy, and dopamine triggers the pleasure centers in our brains. Together, these chemicals produce feelings of happiness and satisfaction.
6- It boosts your immune system
Self-love is a fantastic way to keep your immune system healthy and balanced. Hormones and neurochemicals released when your orgasm work together to balance out the negative chemicals that are produced during our day to day lives. So chemically, masturbation is good for your health!
7- It boots self-confidence
When you spend time with yourself, exploring what you like, validating your fantasies and desires, you build a healthy and strong relationship with yourself. You also take fully charge of your sexual pleasure. That impacts positively how you experience sex with a partner.
Indeed, when you know you can give yourself as many orgasms as you want, you automatically raise the bar for your sexual encounters and build healthy boundaries! You become more capable to guide them to what you like. You are also mindfully curious about what they can make you discover. Moreover, if you feel like something (a situation, a gesture, a stimulation…) is not right for you, you feel more confident to stop it.
Aside being a time of pleasure and intimacy, masturbation is good for your health, and improves your wellness, See it like a more fun form of yoga 😉
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