There are many myths when it comes to masturabation.Some say that “it’s bad for you” or that you would ruin other types of sex if you do it too often. Others even said that you could become blind or infertille. Let’s just put those myths to rest right now, NONE of them are true!
Masturbation is not only normal for BOTH men and women, according to a 2016 study from sex toy company Tenga, 95% of men and 81% of women have masturbated in their lifetime.
In fact, beyond just being immensely pleasurable, masturbation has been seen to increase self-confidence, improve sexual relationships, and have other additional health benefits!
And what are these health benefits you might ask?
Well, as we mentioned, there are many but these have to be the most helpful:
- Helps reduce stress
When you masturbate, your body releases dopamine which plays a role in how we feel pleasure. It puts you in a good mood and helps you to relax.
- Helps you sleep
If you’re having trouble sleeping, having an orgasm can help. When you orgasm, your body releases a mix of neurochemicals, including oxytocin, which helps you feel relaxed. Masturbation can also help tire you out and help prepare you to sleep.
- Improves heart health
Just like how exercise is good for your muscles, masturbation gets your blood pumping which helps your heart muscle become more efficient and better able to pump blood throughout your body. This can also contribute to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes and weight gain.
Although masturbation can’t replace daily exercise, it’s definitely a fun and enjoyable addition to your regular exercise routine.
- Strengthens your pelvic floor
The contractions you feel when you masturbate and reach orgasm not only are pleasurable, but they also help to strengthen your pelvic floor. They help reduce urinary issues and help with erectile function. So forget the kegels, masturbating might be the most fun way to strengthen those muscles!
- Increases immune function
When you orgasm your body releases cortisol – which helps to stimulate your immune system. So masturbation may help to ward off the common cold or a fever. Although it won’t replace other activities such as getting enough sleep and taking prescription medicines if needed, it can’t hurt!
Note: Masturbation can become a problem if it starts to get in the way of your job or your family life, but that is the extreme and not what we are suggesting here.