For far too long women have bought into the mentality that masturbation is wrong, or sinful, or dirty, or generally just a taboo topic. When actually, female masturbation is GOOD for health, for both the body and the mind!
Studies show that while 95% of men masturbate regularly, so do 82% of women. 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!
Seven benefits of masturbation.
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.
Masturbation 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, even when we don’t realise it. So chemically, masturbation is good for your health!
7. There are no negatives!
There are no scientifically proven negatives of masturbation. You will NOT go blind, or become infertile, or grow hairy palms as many texts would have you believe. Masturbation is not a sin. It is a normal, healthy and loving activity that makes you feel good. You cannot get pregnant, or contract any diseases, or worry about whether or not you will call yourself the next day.
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 😉