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Five reasons masturbation is awesome

Go on, turns out it’s actually good for your health!

Five other reasons masturbation is awesome

Masturbating: You’d rarely, if ever, hear that word brought up in convo with your girls. If it was, you’d most likely squirm and think “awkward”.

Yet studies show most women do it. So why aren’t we talking about it? Well, according to sexologist Dr Nikki Goldstein, it still simply isn’t as acceptable for women to enjoy a bit of self-love as it is for men.

Then there are the bizarre myths that masturbation causes blindness and hairs to grow on the palms of your hands (eww). But the truth is, masturbation isgoodfor you. A recent study by Spring Chenoa Cooper, a senior lecturer, and Anthony Santella, a public health scientist, both at the University of Sydney, found it has loads of health benefits.

1) Dude, this is one good natural high

Feeling a bit angsty? Some one-on-one time could help! According to the study, endorphins, serotonin and other chemicals are released into the bloodstream during masturbation, which can reduce insomnia, stress and blood pressure. They also improve your mood, decreasing your risk of depression.

If you’re having trouble sleeping, masturbating has a way of putting you into la-la land.

“Once you’ve had an orgasm, it puts you into a deep state of relaxation, which will help you fall asleep,” explains Dr Goldstein.

Better yet, masturbating can do wonders for improving your mood.

“I wouldn’t necessarily take somebody who is clinically depressed and instruct them to masturbate, but for the average person it’s good,” she says.

This mood booster also lasts longer than you’d expect. The initial state is one of euphoria and relaxation, and these feelings can have a domino effect. Say you masturbate in the morning before work. You’re starting your day off in a good mood and will hopefully carry that feeling with you for the rest of the day. You’ll be on top of the world in that 9am meeting!

2) It keeps your, uh, lady flower free of pests

Masturbating is a free and natural way to flush away germs, as it helps prevent cervical contagions and UTIs through the process of “tenting” (opening of the cervix).

“It occurs as part of the arousal process – tenting stretches the cervix and thus the cervical mucus, enabling fluid circulation and allowing bacteria to be flushed out,” says Cooper.

3) Like vitamins, but more fun

Once you reach the point of orgasm, the contractions you experience work to strengthen your pelvic floor (just like kegel exercises). Masturbating also improves your immune system by increasing the level of cortisol, and reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes by boosting your general health.

4) You will feel like a total babe

Have you noticed how you feel super hot and confident after you orgasm? That’s because it increases your self-esteem by associating good feelings with your body.

“It’s really important to look at masturbation as ‘self-love’, because then you’ll learn to feel positive about yourself naked,” says Dr Goldstein.

5) You will up your chances of having orgasms with him

Masturbating will help you learn what you like (and really like) for when you’re next with your guy.

“You’ll be able to communicate to him what gets you off, so you have more sexual satisfaction in the bedroom,” says Dr Goldstein.

It’s basically you doing the exploring, then handing over the instruction manual.

Once you learn what you do and don’t like, you can share that with your partner, adds Cooper.

“Everyone wants to have orgasms, and sometimes people get stuck in this idea that they’re not in a happy relationship simply because they’re not having sex or orgasms,” she says.

“It’s OK to promote masturbation and to normalise it by talking about it with your partner.”

Yeah, and getting to the big O on your own is one of the best ways to maximise the chances of getting there with your partner, too. Need we say more?