The pros of masturbation

Masturbation gets a bad rap, sometimes carrying the stigma that it’s just sex replacement for those that don’t get regular action. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. Masturbation actually has a ton of benefits, and it can even be good for you. Great news, right?

So, turn down the lights, pop on a slow, sensual soundtrack and get down to it.

Is masturbation healthy?

The short answer here is yes!

Masturbation changes hormone levels

  • Masturbation releases the hormone dopamine. This is sometimes referred to as the “happiness hormone” and is what causes you to feel relaxed after sex.
  • Masturbation also increases your endorphins, which boost your mood and lower your stress levels.
  • Oxytocin – the “love hormone” – is also released during masturbation. This gives you that warm, gooey feeling. This hormone helps you feel closer to someone just by thinking about them while masturbating, even if they aren’t there with you at the time.

Helps you understand your body

Masturbating by yourself is actually a fantastic way to get to know your own body and what you like. Self-exploration is one of the best things you can do to improve your sex life. Knowing what turns you on and where to touch can help you guide your partner to do the things you like.

Using sex toys during masturbation will assist with this, as dildos, vibrators, masturbators or prostate stimulators can reach some of those secret hot spots that are harder to reach when using just fingers.

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Increases your sex-drive

The more you masturbate, the more you crave sex. It’s a fact! The hormones that are released when you climax are addictive. If you’re experiencing a low sex-drive, masturbation could be a way to help you get back on track.

Alleviates stress

Having a stressful day? Well, instead of pouring a drink, having a little fun with yourself is healthier, cheaper, and provides better results. While other methods of reducing stress can actually be more detrimental in the long-run, masturbation has no negative effects and will leave you stress-free.

Masturbation in a relationship

Masturbation, even in a relationship, offers plenty of positives:

  • Helps you practice for the real thing
  • Can increase desire
  • Possibilities of playing together

Helps practice for the real thing

Men tend to be concerned about their sexual performance. They want to please their partner, which is great. But that means they have to delay the pleasure for themselves.

For men, masturbation can be a form of practice that prepares your body for an elongated sex session. If you are ejaculating regularly, you’ll be able to last longer when it comes to the real thing – which can only be a good thing for both of you.

For women, the pleasure that can build up before release during a longer sex session can make orgasms more powerful.

Can increase desire

Masturbation can actually increase your desire for someone, meaning that your sex life becomes much more intense. Masturbating while thinking of your partner, even if they aren’t with you, will strengthen the attraction and desire that you have for them.

You could even use masturbation as long-distance foreplay. Send each other cheeky photos and videos to inspire their arousal.

Playing together

Jumping straight into penetrative sex makes your sexual encounters rather short – which isn’t always what you both want. Mutual masturbation leading into sex can help you and your partner get in the mood and learn about each other’s bodies.

There are lots of ways that you can share the masturbation experience, watching and learning how to please each other and taking pleasure from watching your partner enjoy the sensations.

For a more intense sexual experience, incorporate sex toys and lube to enhance the foreplay experience and help you to explore each other’s bodies.