Masturbation is a taboo topic amongst people, but it shouldn’t be. There are so many benefits of masturbation- It’s one of the best things for our mental, physical, and spiritual health. Still, we’re somehow taught that pleasuring ourselves is wrong, and as a result, we either stay silent on the topic or don’t explore our own bodies at all. But masturbation is empowering. It helps us discover our inner power and helps us better communicate to others what feels good to us. Besides feeling amazing, normalizing self-pleasure has a whole range of benefits for our bodies. Here are all reasons why you should get to know yourself more intimately.
Masturbation Reduces Stress
When you can’t get out of your head, it’s time to turn to the body. Connecting to self-pleasure can be a self-soothing form of mindfulness to helps you feel present. Masturbation also lowers the stress hormone known as cortisol but boosts the production of endorphins, which flood us with feel-good emotions. The next time you take a bath and do a face mask, add touching yourself to the self-care routine.
The final state of the sexual response cycle is called resolution, and it causes fatigue. It’s no wonder why: the body has gone through a series of muscle spasms, contractions, and a rush of blood. It also spikes our heart rate, breath, and blood pleasure. That’s why, after a good romp, many of us are ready for a nap.
As we get older, our pelvic and anal areas get weaker. To strengthen those muscles, you can do your Kegel exercises, but the most powerful natural exercise is built within us: the orgasm. The natural contractions of an orgasm are a workout for your pelvic floor itself, so take out your favorite toy and get to that workout!
Sex drive can ebb and flow – especially if you’re in a long-term relationship or marriage. But masturbation can help you rediscover your desire for your partner. When we masturbate, we’re turning on those pleasure pathways that give way to a sexual appetite. Seeking pleasure from within is the best way to gain a new perspective.
Communicate Better with Partners
When you know what you want, it’s easier to convey those desires to a partner. Sometimes, figuring out what you want in the moment can be tough. Especially when you’re with someone else. But if you’ve practiced yourself on your own, you know exactly how much pressure and speed to apply, along with where your most tender erogenous zones are.
Improve Body Image & Self Esteem
Let’s be real: masturbation is a form of self-love. Loving your body from the outside can teach you to love yourself from the inside. After an orgasm, we feel like we can take on the world. We also feel more comfortable and connected to our own bodies, in a world that encourages us to detach and reach for unrealistic body standards. Connect to your sexuality and discover your inner beauty.
If you’re prone to period or PMS related cramps, taking out the vibrator or using your hands works way better than popping a Tylenol. Because of the endorphins released, orgasms are natural painkillers that flood your brain with feel-good chemicals.