Next time you pleasure yourself remember that there are great benefits added to getting yourself off, other than just getting yourself off.
MensHealth.com provided readers a list of 6 physical and emotional benefits of self-pleasure. But before they went into detail they assured everyone who masturbates that the act of pleasing oneself is only ever unhealthy if it becomes an activity that supersedes everything else in one’s life.
If that sounds like you then seeking help from a sex therapist or psychologist/psychiatrist is recommended. For everyone else, regularly masturbating is just fine and actually quite healthy for your mind and body.
Here are the 6 benefits to masturbating according to MensHealth.com:
1. Masturbation makes you feel happy.
When you have an orgasm, your brain is flooded with dopamine and serotonin, the so-called “feel-good” chemicals that make you happy.
“An orgasm is the biggest non-drug blast of dopamine available,” clinical
sexolistGloria Brame, PhD, previously told MensHealth.com.
2. You’ll relieve stress.
There’s a reason why it feels like all of your troubles have melted away after you have a good orgasm: as far as your body is concerned, they totally have. “The release of stress and muscle tension calms the central nervous system and can boost testosterone, as well,” says Pasciucco. The end result is that incredibly blissed-out, sipping-margaritas-on-a-private beach feeling.
3. You’ll sleep like a baby.
If you’re one of the approximately 30-40% of Americans with insomnia, you’ve probably tried every sleep aid under the sun — but maybe, all you really needed was a good nighttime wank. “People report improved emotional and psychological health from masturbation,” says Murray. “[And] masturbation aids in sleep quality for many.”
4. It’ll relieve your headaches.
Got headaches? While not really a cure in itself, having an orgasm can decrease the effects of migraine headaches for nearly one-third of migraine sufferers, according to one 2013 study.
5. Your sex life will improve.
If you masturbate frequently, you know exactly where you like to be touched, how you like to be touched, for how long, etc. Once you are comfortable with your own sexual responses, you can better communicate them to a partner, which makes for much better sex. As Pasciucco puts it, “masturbation can improve the quality of your sex life by helping you understand your sexual response as well.”
6. You may reduce your risk of prostate cancer.
While we’re not exactly sure why, multiple studies have suggested that frequent ejaculation via solo or partner sex “improves prostate health and may lower the risk of prostate cancer,” Murray says.