You read that right; masturbation is actually good for sexual health. Most men admit to masturbating regularly, and those who don’t are probably lying! Masturbation is something very normal and should not be viewed as taboo. Research shows that 40 percent of men and 30 percent of women in relationships also masturbate. This might sound a little perverted, but sex therapists claim that in every successful relationship, a little self-pleasuring goes a long way. In fact, even though some may think solo sex will ruin their relationship, recent studies show that couples who masturbate have more sexually satisfying relationships than those who don’t. Read on to find out how.
1. Health benefits
For women, masturbation increases circulation in the female sexual organs and may help prevent cervical and urinary tract infection; the lubrication flushes out all unfriendly organisms that might cause infection. Masturbation also eases menstrual cramps. As for men, masturbation helps get rid of old sperm and reduces the risk of prostate cancer. Masturbation is also a stress buster; it can relieve tension and help you relax. It’s a great mood lifter thanks to the hormone levels of dopamine and epinephrine, which increase immediately after arousal. Studies also show that these hormones, along with other chemicals released during orgasm, can heal depression and treat insomnia; masturbation is the best sleeping pill you can have!
2. Self exploration
With masturbation, you get in touch with your sexuality and learn more about your sexual likes. Self touch can teach you everything about your body - where and how you like to be touched. When you learn to please yourself, you can show your partner what you like during sex and allow him/her to please you in the way that works for you. Also, witnessing a partner masturbate can teach you which methods your partner uses so you can learn what he/she enjoys. Masturbation is like practicing how to have better sex. Research shows that women who masturbate are more likely to have orgasms during intercourse than those who don’t, probably because they know exactly how to get turned on.
3. Rescue your libido
They say ‘if you don’t use it, you lose it.’ This is also true about sex; if you stay for a long time without any sexual activity, your appetite for sex can decrease. It will also make it more difficult for men to control their erection and for women to achieve lubrication. Masturbation will help you maintain your healthy sex drive and keep the machine running. Pelvic muscle tone is yet another thing you lose if you don’t work it; masturbating works out the pelvic floor muscles. This can help men control ejaculation in order to last longer in bed, and it also prevents erectile dysfunction. As for women, having strong pelvic muscles can help achieve stronger orgasms and also helps against involuntary urine leakage.