We’ll tell it to you straight: the rumours about masturbation being bad for you are completely false. The good news? Masturbation actually has decidedly positive health benefits…
BY THE ROAM TEAM 7 MIN READ
Masturbation is the act of stimulating your own sexual body parts for pleasure and orgasm.
Masturbation leads to happy hormones. When you orgasm, your brain releases endorphins and oxytocin, both of which act as anxiety reducers. Cortisol – the stress hormone – is also decreased. Orgasms act as a natural painkiller and can help to relieve period cramps, so for those who menstruate, it’s useful as well as fun.
Seeing as oxytocin and endorphins released when you masturbate relax you, they also make it easier to fall into a heavy sleep. Plus, masturbation is a form of cardio which increases blood pressure and heart rate, just like exercise. If you have trouble sleeping, time your solo sessions for the late evening and guarantee a good night’s sleep.
A lot of muscle work goes into masturbating and orgasming, which has been shown to strengthen the anal and pelvic muscles. This translates to improved sexual function and stamina when it comes to sex with partners. So, masturbation is good for you and your future sex life! For a smoother and less taxing experience for your hands, try using our Solo Cream or Front Lube when you indulge in solo play!
(Bonus: masturbating burns calories and lowers heart attack risk. It’s a long-term investment…)
When you masturbate, there is zero risk of contracting an STI or getting pregnant, which is a win in itself. But for some people, it also takes away an element of pressure that can be experienced during sex, and makes for a more relaxed and individual sexual experience.
Masturbation offers a range of physical benefits, but psychologically speaking it has a lot to give, too. It will boost your sexual confidence and provide an opportunity for you to invest time in yourself. Masturbation allows you to better understand your body, and better understand yourself as a sexual being. When you masturbate, take the time to appreciate your sexuality and sensuality. You'll end up turning yourself on in the process, making for a better orgasm at the end. Experimenting on your own means you’ll know what feels good and what doesn’t, and you can go on to communicate that with future partners.
Restful sleep, glowing skin, reduced anxiety – your body will thank you, mentally and physically. So, get masturbating!