Despite the fact that there are fewer taboos around it, many people are still shy about talking about masturbation.
But whether or not we admit it, most of us engage in a self-pleasure session on a regular basis—in the US, 92% of men and 76% of women masturbate, and yet 55% of those people never talk about it.
The thing is, masturbation is not only an important aspect of self-care, but it can be insanely good for your wellbeing. Here’s why.
It enhances your sex life in general.
You’re much likelier to enjoy sex with other people if you know your body and what feels good. And the best way to do that? Dedicate some time to physical self-exploration to discover where your pleasure points are located, how you like to be touched and what makes you orgasm (though remember that it’s totally fine if you don’t climax).
It improves your self-esteem and body image.
When you have sex with a partner, you’re essentially showing appreciation for their body and trying to bring them pleasure. The same can be said for masturbation—only in this case you’re appreciating yourself. Prioritizing your own pleasure can help you cultivate a more positive body image and increase your self-esteem.
It relieves stress and muscle tension.
Orgasms release endorphins and dopamine into our brains and bodies, helping us relax into a rather pleasant state of euphoria—and let's be real, it's virtually impossible to be stressed and euphoric at the same time. Another benefit of masturbating while stressed or anxious? It can take your mind off whatever it is you keep ruminating on but can’t do anything about.
It improves your sleep.
By relieving stress and helping you relax, a solo-sex session can lead to a better night’s sleep. So the next time you’re tossing and turning, treat yourself to 20 minutes of self-pleasure—there’s a good chance you’ll soon be sleeping like a baby.