An estimated 85% of women have admitted to masturbating at least once.
If you’re part of the majority, you likely do it for the pleasure. But what you may not know is that pleasure is far from the only benefit of masturbation.
So you never have to feel bad about what you’re doing, let’s take a look at some of the other advantages to masturbating. As you’ll see, there’s no reason to be ashamed when you’re doing something so great for your health!
Keep reading to find out about ten of the amazing benefits of masturbation.
1. Reduce Stress
When you have an orgasm, it causes a huge release of hormones including oxytocin. This chemical is often called a “feel-good” hormone because it does just that: it makes you feel good.
When your body is flooded with oxytocin, there’s no room for stress and the problems of life wash away.
2. Decrease Depression
For the same reason mentioned above, masturbation can also help to reduce depression. Many people who suffer from depression don’t have enough of those feel-good hormones in their bodies.
When you cause your body to release oxytocin, you’ll get those hormones and will feel better, often for hours.
3. Sleep Better
One of the other benefits of this release of hormones is you’ll sleep better. The release of endorphins can usher in a deeper sleep. So, if you have trouble falling and staying asleep, you may consider some self-love first.
4. Promotes Self-Love
Speaking of self-love, most women have struggled with loving themselves at some point. Or, perhaps you simply lack the confidence you need to succeed at your job or classes.
One of the things oxytocin does is creates a bond with other people. When you orgasm with another person, you’ll find yourself falling in love with them in part because of these hormones.
So, when you want to love yourself more, masturbate. Then, you’ll get that release of oxytocin while alone so you’ll feel more attached to yourself.
5. Improve Body Image
Along those same lines, masturbation can make you feel better about your body. Once you start to experience how good you can make yourself feel sexy, it won’t be long before you start loving your body.
6. Truly Safe Sex
It’s true that the only safe sex is no sex. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun and enjoy another person sexually.
Masturbation with another person is the best way to experience sexual closeness without worrying about sexually-transmitted diseases or pregnancy. Just don’t forget to wash your hands before touching each other!
7. Better Sexual Experiences
If you are having sex, then masturbating regularly can improve these experiences. This is primarily because you know what you like. You can then find ways to mimic this in the bedroom or let your partner know what you want.
8. Pain Relief
Remember those endorphins that get released during an orgasm? These are a form of natural pain relief that can help you with a variety of problems, including:
- Period cramps
Some women even have orgasms while giving birth because it helped provide them with the pain relief they needed to do so without pain medication.
Keep in mind that this pain relief is temporary, but if your head hurts too much to fall asleep at night, a few minutes of masturbating can give you the relief you need long enough to fall asleep.
9. Healthier Heart
Heart disease is one of the number one killers of women. No matter how old you are, you should be doing what you can to reduce your chances of developing this.
Most people hate to exercise, so there’s good news. Masturbation can get your heart beating faster which gives it a workout and gets your blood flowing, and you don’t even have to break a sweat!
10. Lose Weight
Sometimes, the reason you’re carrying around a few extra pounds is because of stress. Being under stress causes a buildup of a hormone known as cortisol which causes you to gain weight.
When you masturbate regularly, the flooding of feel-good hormones will keep cortisol at bay and could help you lose some weight.
Let’s now jump into a few ways you can masturbate.
Keep in mind that there’s no right or wrong way to do this. Every woman will experience pleasure in different ways. What may work for one woman won’t work for another. That’s totally normal.
Feel free to experiment with these different methods so you can find one or more that work well for you. You can also check with MissDemeanours for more detailed techniques.
This is the most common type of masturbation, and the easiest to reach an orgasm with. If you’re just starting out, this is where you’ll want to begin.
The clitoris is found on the outside of the vagina at the top. You can rub it in any number of ways to stimulate it to have an orgasm.
An area that women aren’t aware of, the U-spot is located just above your urethra and below your clitoris. If you want to explore this type of masturbation, take some time to explore and find what makes you feel good.
This type of masturbation involves finding the G-spot which is located inside of your vagina. This can also be one of the more difficult masturbation methods to achieve an orgasm with, so keep trying or stick with something easier.
Using Props or Toys
Another way to masturbate is to stimulate your clitoris, U-spot, or G-spot with anything other than your fingers or hand. This could mean grinding on your pillow or getting sex toys that are specifically designed to help you reach an orgasm.
Want One More Benefit of Masturbation?
Now you know ten ways masturbating can help you with more than having a good time with yourself.
Another benefit of masturbation is that it can spice things up in the bedroom. Check out this article for some weird sex toys that will get both you and your partner going.