Every Reason You Need to Masturbate

Every Reason You Need to Masturbate

by Sammi

on 13 Jun 2016

Health Benefits of Masturbation

You'll be pleased to know being healthy is not all about wheatgrass shots and multivitamins. There's a much more enjoyable way to improve your wellbeing:

Get masturbating.

Bashing the bishop, five-knuckle shuffle, playing Clitar Hero - however you like to refer to it, masturbation has been proven time and again to have many health benefits that go far beyond a way to fill time between episodes of Game of Thrones.

Chances are, you won't need much persuading, but if you're looking to justify that solo session, just read on for six awesome perks to having some 'alone time' that you may not have considered before.


1. It's A Stress-Reliever

By their very nature, orgasms are a relief of tension. If you've found that life's getting a little too hectic and you need to 'blow off steam', as it were, then a swift dose of self-love could be the answer.

During any kind of enjoyable activity, the body releases the feel-good hormone oxytocin which helps manage stress and elevate your mood, making you feel calmer and happier.

Now, you could get that high from eating that doughnut you've been eyeing up, or you could grab a tube o' lube instead and do something much more fun.


2. It Can Make You Better in Bed

Got a penis? If you find that you're often having to resort to thinking of rocking chairs and tax returns during sex to stave off the inevitable, you may find that a tactical tug can help.

According to sex therapists (who apparently spend a lot of time mapping masturbation habits), men who struggle with premature ejaculation benefited hugely by masturbating around 2 hours before they had sex.

Yeah, science, b*tch.

For people with vulvas, masturbation is an incredible way of learning more about your body and experimenting with what gets you off. If you've ever faked an orgasm, here is your wake-up call...

STOP. RIGHT NOW.

Go and have some solo play, learn how to give yourself orgasmic bliss, then teach your partner. Why fake it when you can make it?


3. It Can Boost Your Immune System

Once again, you've got hormones to thank for this one. During orgasm, levels of immunity-boosting cortisol in the body are elevated, making it easier for you to fight infection and illness.

Masturbating regularly can help to increase the number of bacteria-killing leukocytes in your blood, which help reduce your vulnerability to germs and decrease your recovery time during sickness.


4. It Helps You Sleep

Everyone's experienced the post-sex snooze, and post-playtime isn't any different. As we've mentioned, the release of oxytocin and the relaxation of the muscles post-orgasm prepares the body for restful sleep.

So next time you're battling insomnia or you just can't switch off after a busy day, you know what to do…


5. It Can Reduce the Risk of Cancer

In 2003, an Australian study discovered that men who ejaculated more than five times a week (that's right, 'more than') were up to 33% less likely to develop prostate cancer.

The reason for this is that over time, cancer-causing toxins can build up in your bladder, urethra, and testicles. Regular ejaculation helps to flush them out, reducing the chance of a tumour forming.

As excuses go, we think that's pretty unbeatable.


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Written by Sammi. Lovehoney's Student Sexpert
Covering everything you need to know about sex at college

Originally published on 13 Jun 2016. Updated on 27 Aug 2020
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