Lovers, Lusters, welcome back! As if you needed another reason to get frisky by yourself, we’re here with 10 reasons why you should masturbate tonight!
Yes, it’s good for your health.
Yes, it’s good for your sex life.
When it comes to masturbation and solo sex, myths surrounding masturbation are a dime a dozen. Some of them may seem reasonable, while others are just plain weird.
No, absolutely not. Your solo-sex habits will not lead to blindness.
No. So long as you’re doing it with clean hands or asafe sex toy, solo sex will not have any impact on your fertility later in life.
Where do people come up with this stuff? No, absolutely not. You will not spontaneously grow hair anywhere new as a result of masturbation.
This one has a little validity. This is referred to most commonly asPorn-Induced Erectile Dysfunction and can result from addictive masturbation behaviours. However, the research is a bit shaky. Some resources say excessive masturbation and porn use can lead to erectile issues. In contrast, others debunk it and say it’s a total myth.
Masturbation addiction or dependence only develops when you start to forget your other responsibilities, such as your career or family, to pursue self-pleasure.
Nope, no, definitely not.
Masturbation, a.k.a solo-sex, is simply the act of pleasuring yourself sexually. You could play with your penis, vulva, vagina, testicles, breasts, anus, feet, whatever gives you sexual pleasure, we support!
During solo masturbation, you get free reign to explore your body, new sensations, new toys, anything you’d like! You may explore different types of pornography to see what tickles your fancy, use an erotic novel, or come up with a fantasy all your own.
Regardless of what you do, what you do it with, or what you’re touching, you’re learning about your sexual self and sexual identity. Masturbation will make sex with a partner much better because you’ll be able to tell them precisely what you like and how you want it. This communication equates to better sex!
When you experience sexual pleasure, your brain releases a whole host of neurochemicals that cause you to feel good. Neurochemicals such asoxytocin are released while you have sex or self-pleasure. Oxytocin, in particular, is known as the “love drug” and triggers feelings of affection, meaning you’ll feel more affectionate and bonded to yourself!
That’s right, you heard it here, masturbation can help you go to sleep faster and get better quality sleep!
After experiencing an orgasm, your body produces something calledprolactin. Prolactin is a hormone that is released by your pituitary gland. It is also released during sleep at varying levels. It has been known to share many properties withmelatonin, helping you fall asleep and stay asleep.
A critical factor in many cases of insomnia is also high anxiety. Guess what helps with anxiety and other intense emotions?
Masturbation causes the release ofdopamine, which is a powerful feel-good neurotransmitter. When you practice solo sex, your brain releases dopamine in anticipation of pleasure. Dopamine reminds your body that “this feels good, do it again!”
Simply put, it puts you in a better mood and pushes your worries away!
When these endorphins are released, you’ll feel a reduction in physical pain, feelings of reduced appetite, and improved immune response!
This pain reduction can even help with menstrual cramps!
You may have heard of “post-nut clarity,” but it seems to be a prevalent thing! While there haven’t been any specific scientific studies on this phenomenon, try masturbating the night before a big test or interview and see if it helps your performance!
With this one, there may be a bit of a learning curve. This is an activity I use as a sex coach all the time.
While you’re masturbating, try and plot your sexual arousal on a scale from 1 to 10.
1 = vague stirring (like when you see someone attractive walking down the street
9 = orgasm
10 = ejaculation (yes, those are two separate events for both vulva and penis owners)
You fill in the rest of the numbers!
By knowing exactly what each number feels like to you, you’ll be able to lengthen your sexual experience with a partner because you’ll see when you’re getting close to the edge.
We all know that “post-o glow”, but actually, masturbation can help keep your skin clear! Since masturbation helps increase your blood flow giving you rosy cheeks and a natural glow.Oxytocin, which is released during orgasm, can also help reduce inflammation, making zits appear less noticeable.
Regular masturbation has been linked with improved heart health! It can reduce your risk of stroke orheart attack. As the study says, “an orgasm a day keeps the doctor away!”
You can do exactly what you want, how you want it, for as long or as short as you desire!
By exploring your pleasure, you’ll find all sorts of new positions, toys and fantasies you never knew you had.
Without judgment or worrying about another person, you’ll gain confidence in yourself, your body knowledge, and your sexual repertoire.
So enjoy your judgement-free zone. Just don’t forget to tell your partner(s) what you’ve learned!
Well, there you have it! Go flick your bean, spank the monkey, make a bald man cry, do the five-fingered shuffle, paddle the pink canoe, troll the Bermuda triangle, whatever you call it!
Get out there, Get in there, and Get off there!
Elaine S. Turner
Sex coach, Sexual Wellness Brand Consultant, and Sexuality Writer
5 min read
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