The Health Benefits of Masturbation
Since science and sex began making friends some time towards the end of the 20th century, the health benefits of sex have enjoyed a pretty much universal and publicly declared thumbs up from those lucky enough to partake.
The merits of masturbation (for men or women), however, are perhaps discussed in altogether more hushed tones but the simple fact is, self-pleasure is a very practical way to while away some of your alone time, and for a surprisingly varied selection of reasons.
Better Stress Relief
Let’s face it, we all go through a dry spell at some point or another and while masturbation does not involve quite the same complex series of chemical reactions as sex, the feel-good substances it does release help reduce any stress that may have built up due either to your forced celibacy or other outlying factors.
High stress levels are also often linked to high blood pressure meaning masturbation can also help battle the risks of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
This one’s more one of the orgasm benefits for men, as masturbation helps release the same sleep-inducing hormones in men as climaxing during sex.
While their partner falling asleep straight after sex is a much joked about frustration for women the world over, studies show that lack of sleep can be seriously detrimental to health, so for guys suffering from sleepless nights this helping hand can really do the trick.
So we’ve had one for the guys, now how about masturbation for women – although to be honest, this one is good for the guys as well.
Because of the different ways men and women enjoy sex and masturbation, self-exploration for women can actually improve their sex lives as knowing more about your own body and what makes you tick can assist in breaking down a few, potentially tense, barriers in both new and experienced relationships.
We at LELO know a thing or two about the best ways to self-pleasure , so take it from us, the more you know yourself, the more you’ll want to know meaning the sky’s the limit for better sex.
So there you have it; even though masturbation may come wrapped in a highly undeserved stigma, the health benefits if offers can actually lead to a healthier mental and physical lifestyle.
Something that is good for the body and good for the mind you say? It’s probably worth a try.
Donna is a Volonté contributor and freelancer who lives in San Francisco with her understanding husband and not-so-understanding teenage sons. Her work has been published in The Journal of Sexology and she is currently writing a book on love languages.