23 Sep 2016 Bala Owner

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While most of us would like to admit otherwise, we have all, at some point in our lives, indulged in some good-ol’ self-love. Yet, when it comes to masturbation, we are still pretty awkward and would instead not acknowledge it. That’s understandable. Historically, masturbation has been viewed quite negatively despite mounting evidence directly correlating it with multiple health and relationship benefits for both men and women. And, while studies have shown that men masturbate more frequently than women, there’s no denying that #WomenDoItToo.

So here are three reasons why it is entirely normal, healthy and something you should indulge in more often.

1. Masturbation Can Make You Happy

Orgasms achieved as a result of masturbation (and, of course, sex) releases endorphins – and as it is well known, endorphins make you happy. Dr Lauren Streicher, an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University, says, “Similar to working out or getting a massage, self-stimulation is a great way for you to relax both emotionally and physically. Instead of buying an expensive massage, you can just stay in and give yourself one. Orgasms release the endorphins dopamine and oxytocin, improving your mood and creating a natural high. Who needs drugs when you can make your own?”

2. Masturbation Enhances Your Sex Life

Apart from the tangible physical and psychological benefits that come with self-pleasure, masturbation is an excellent way for you to explore your body and find out what feels good. “You’ll know exactly what makes you orgasm, and how long it takes to climax,” says Dr Emily Morse, sexologist and host of Sex with Emily. Studies show that counsellors increasingly encourage masturbation as a couples’ therapy tool.

3. Masturbation prevents postmenopausal sex difficulties

With menopause come a whole host of changes to a woman’s body. And while her sex drive might not necessarily decrease, a woman’s ability to have sex certainly alters. Judi Chervenak, MD, a gynaecologist from New York City, says, “The vagina can actually narrow, which can make intercourse and vaginal exams more painful. But masturbation, especially with a water-based lubricant, can help prevent narrowing, boost blood flow, relieve some tissue and moisture problems, and increase sexual desire.”

There you have it; even science agrees that masturbation is good for you. So, clear your mind (and your calendar), take the day off and treat yourself to some ‘me’ time. You know you want to!

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