Getting to Know Thyself: The Positive Effects of Self Pleasure and Masturbation

Masturabation is medically defined as erotic stimulation especially of one's own genital organs commonly resulting in orgasm and achieved by manual or other bodily contact exclusive of sexual intercourse, by instrumental manipulation, occasionally by sexual fantasies, or by various combinations of these agencies.

And if 2020 and quarantine life taught us anything, it was self care equals masturbation and really understanding my own body. What do we like? What makes us feel good? Not only did regular self pleasure decrease our anxiety and nerves, it boosted our self confidence and we saw ourselves in a different, more appealing light.

Here are a few health pros to motivate you to embrace your self indulgent time and perhaps make it more of a priority heading into this new year.

Pro #1: Heart Health

It is no secret that your heart rate rises as you climax, relieving muscle tension and ultimately reducing blood pressure. Masturbating regularly is proven to keep your stress low, making for a healthier heart. It also allows your body to release endorphins, having a direct relaxing impact on the cardiovascular system.

Pro #2: Brain Benefits

Masturbating activates different areas of the brain causing a lot of oxygen into your grey matter. Any type of blood flow and circulation is beneficial, the same way any exercise can improve brain health.

Pro 3#: Strengthens Pelvic Muscles

Like any muscle, the more you use it, the stronger it becomes. This is no different for the pelvic muscles. Achieving an orgasm isn’t always a walk in the park. It can sometimes feel like a total body workout. But the more you use those pelvic muscles, the stronger they become. This can lead to an increase in sexual desire and more frequent and stronger orgasms.

Pro #4: A Sounder Sleep Cycle

Masturbating reduces stress which obviously makes for an easier and sounder sleep cycle. According to the National Sleep Foundation, giving yourself an orgasm boosts your estrogen levels—a hormone that, among other things, deepens your restorative REM sleep. So the next time you can’t sleep, tuck yourself in with an orgasm to sleep deeper.

What's your favorite masturbation benefit?

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