Even today, in an enlightened society, some people still believe that masturbation is a “taboo” topic. However, self-pleasure isn’t taboo and is good for you. Keep reading to learn about the health and wellness benefits offered by self-pleasure.
Strengthen Your Pelvic Floor
When you orgasm, there’s a series of muscle contractions in your pelvic floor. This means that every time you masturbate, your pelvic floor is getting a mini workout.
Your pelvic floor is made up of a diamond-shaped group of muscles. These are responsible for supporting your pelvic organs, which include your bowels, bladder, uterus, and vagina. If your pelvic floor muscles are weak, then all these organs can prolapse, which is when they fall out of place. Weak pelvic floor muscles are also associated with issues like bowel and urinary incontinence, pelvic floor and back pain, constipation, and discomfort during sex. While masturbating won’t fix these issues, it can help prevent them.
Do you have aches and pains from your last workout or a headache? If so, you should try masturbating. Doing this can have pain-relieving benefits because when you orgasm, oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine are released in your body, which are the “feel-good hormones.” In fact, vaginal stimulation may increase your pain tolerance by more than 40%. You can make the experience even more enjoyable by adding the right products, such as hemp-infused oil.
While the hormone and endorphin release won’t heal an injury, it will reduce your sensitivity to the pain.
Helps Alleviate Period Cramps
When you get your period each month, you are shedding your endometrial lining. The uterus contracts to help with this process, which is what creates the painful cramps you experience. When you masturbate, the neurotransmitters released can help fight the pain of these cramps.
During the last enjoyable sexual experience you had (with or without your partner), you probably were not thinking about what you had to do later. Sexual pleasure will force you to tune into how your body reacts to pleasure instead of staying stuck in your head, where it is all too easy to be stressed and preoccupied. If your solo session gets you to orgasm, then you will experience even more stress-busting benefits. That’s because (as mentioned above) orgasming results in the release of oxytocin, which reduces cortisol in your body. When cortisol is reduced, so is your stress.
Masturbating, even if you don’t get an orgasm, makes you happier. That’s because when you masturbate, the part of your brain that oversees pleasure is activated, and parts of the brain responsible for anxiety and fear are deactivated.