Let’s talk about masturbation and why it’s actually good for you

Still a little taboo, masturbation can give us much more than pleasure. Let's discover how excellent it really is for our health.

Good reasons to do so?

Studies show that about 95% of men and about 75% of women have ever had masturbation. While these figures are only indicative, they show that a very large proportion of the population resort to masturbation. But why is this behavior so popular? Here, again according to studies on the subject, are good reasons to put it into practice:

Masturbation decreases stress.

For both men and women, making love is calming, especially if orgasm is reached since our brain releases even more endorphins, called pleasure hormones. Granting this solitary gentleness, therefore, allows us to release our physical and psychological tensions.

There are different beliefs about masturbation, most of them both dark and stubborn. Some people find this behavior inappropriate, especially if the individual is in a relationship. All kinds of misconceptions undermine this behavior. But what is it?

It prevents depression.

According to sex therapist Vanessa Forgues, hormones released during masturbation (or during sex) could help improve mood and reduce depressive symptoms.

It helps you to get to know yourself 

at puberty, the body develops, and hormones upset its reactions. Studies show that masturbation starts with the onset of puberty, around the age of 12, but that it peaks between 13 and 16 years. At this age and as we get older, the desire to reproduce this behavior varies, but it is present in everyone. Masturbation can, therefore, become an opportunity for self-discovery. As an adult, she would keep in touch with her sexuality. Finding yourself in private and learning to give yourself pleasure would offer the opportunity to increase your potential for erotic development and fulfillment.

It relieves pain.

A study published by The Journal of Sex Research claims that genital self-stimulation increases the threshold of pain tolerance and produces an analgesic effect. Masturbation has the power, among other things, to relieve migraines.

It promotes sleep.

Onanism is an excellent sleeping pill. It is also recommended to all those who need a little help to fall asleep since, after the orgasm obtained through masturbation, our body goes into a state of relaxation. extreme. Our heart rate and pressure drop, and our sleep deepens.

It keeps certain cancers away.

According to Australian researchers, complete masturbation in men, until ejaculation, limits the accumulation of seminal fluid in the prostate ducts and thus prevents the risk of cancer. In women, orgasm even obtained solo, causes the release of oxytocin, a hormone that would protect against breast cancer by eliminating carcinogenic free radicals.

It prevents incontinence.

By helping to firm our pelvic floor (a group of muscles and ligaments that supports the bladder), in both women and men, masturbation prevents urinary incontinence.

It lessens the symptoms of menopause.

Sex therapist Vanessa Forgues indicates that a study on the changes brought on by menopause reveals that women who masturbate have more libido, more pleasure, and less pain during sex.

It is good for the heart.

When we stimulate ourselves sexually, our heart rate increases. Thus, solitary pleasure is beneficial for our cardiovascular health. Also, the pleasure we feel increases our estrogen levels, hormones known for their protective effect on heart health.

It promotes the health of our brains.

The production of adrenaline and cortisol, two substances that act as natural stimulants of our gray matter, increases during sexual stimulation, which is beneficial for our brain.

It boosts our immune system.

Manfred Schedlowski, a Swiss researcher in Zurich, has established evidence that sexual activity, even solo, positively stimulates our immune system by increasing T cells (white blood cells) which, when they meet cells contaminated with different viruses, enter inside them and trigger a self-destruction mechanism.

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