Well, folks, the verdict from the experts is in: Masturbation is good for your health.
Like it or not, or approve of it or not, masturbating offers a few health benefits, and it’s perfectly normal to want to spend a night alone with some candles and some mood music, once in a while.
Masturbation Is Good for Your Health: How So?
So, let’s get right down to it: What are the health benefits of masturbation, the stimulation of your own genitals for sexual arousal?
- It provides a safe sexual outlet.
- It can be a pleasurable alternative to intercourse, offering STI and pregnancy prevention.
- It can improve sleep patterns.
- It helps you learn about your sexual desires and what works for you sexually.
- It can help reduce stress levels.
- It can increase the ability to achieve orgasms.
- It can prevent and relieve menstrual cramps.
- It can improve self-esteem.
- It can strengthen pelvic floor muscles.
- It can help treat sexual dysfunction.
“Today we have greater knowledge and understanding about masturbation being a healthy sexual practice, and we know that 95% of men and 89% of women masturbate,” sexologist Joanne Bagshaw, PhD, a psychology and women’s studies professor at Montgomery College, tells saludmóvil™.
“However, some of the effects of thinking of masturbation as a moral failure or mental illness are still felt, particularly for women,” she adds.
“There has been a cultural shift in more acceptance of men’s masturbation practices, but sadly a double standard exists for women’s sexuality. For instance, a majority of college-aged women feel confused about whether or not masturbating is normal.”
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