The Benefits of Masturbation
Would you believe us if we told you that less than half of cis women masturbate regularly? According to the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, which surveyed over 5,000 American women, ages 14 to 94 years old, a small percentage of women have solo sex — at most — two to three times a week. “Oftentimes we treat self-pleasure sessions as mindless tune-ups and rush through without truly appreciating the full erotic capacity of our bodies,” says sexologist Dr. Jessica O’Reilly, PhD., and host of the podcast Sex With Dr. Jess. “The practice of mindful masturbation can help you to break these habits, prolong the adventure and be more conscious of erotic pleasure.” And there are so many health benefits! We did a deep-dive into three reasons to masturbate on the reg (aside from it feeling so dang good).
Masturbation can make your skin extra glowy.
Who knew that sexual self-exploration could work just as hard as your serum? Toronto-based Consonant Skincare is shedding light on this unexpected connection with their debut podcast, “The More You O”, which takes a look at the science, stigma and skincare benefits of solo sex. “Great skin comes from more than just the products you apply,” says Erika Schwass, Consonant’s science and wellness manager. The hormone DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is released when you’re aroused, which promotes glowing skin and shiny hair. Other benefits include decreasing your risk of histamine reactions and acne. “With what we know about the skin and total health benefits of masturbation and self-pleasure, we hope to help close the masturbation gap,” says Erika.
It helps you get a goodnight’s sleep.
We all deserve to wake up feeling rested and recharged, so why not have a little “you” time before you doze off? Having an orgasm releases oxytocin (the love hormone) in your brain, leaving you feeling relaxed and, often-times, sleepy. “A good night’s sleep leads to less tension in your relationship, less stress, more empathy, better cognitive function and better choices, even when it comes to exercise and eating,” says Dr. Jess. Masturbation can also help relieve menstrual pain, meaning less tossing and turning at night during your period.
Self-pleasure makes you more in-tune with your body (and your desires).
“It’s no surprise that most of us learn to orgasm during a solo sex session,” says Dr. Jess. Not only does touching yourself boost self-esteem, but it makes you a better partner, too. Is there anything sexier than knowing exactly what turns you on and not being afraid to ask for it? The next time you find yourself alone and in-the-mood, practice mindful masturbation. “Touch yourself for pleasure for 15 to 20 minutes without trying to reach orgasm,” advises Dr. Jess. “Explore your entire body with your hands, lube, massage oil, toys and/or objects of various textures.”
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