Amazing Health Benefits of Masturbation
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Amazing Health Benefits of Masturbation

It's one of the best—and easiest—ways to get to know your body.

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By Olivia DeLong

Whether you're single or in a relationship, you shouldn’t shy away from self-pleasure. And we’re not just saying that because it feels good—masturbation provides many additional health benefits, too. A little alone time can improve your sex life, help you get better ZZZ’s and even improve your prostate health.

So, what’s not to love? Here’s a rundown of why you need to up your self-pleasure game, and how to do it.  

You’ll get to know your body better

2 / 6 You’ll get to know your body better

There’s no better way to get to know your body than spending a little time alone with it. Masturbation can help you learn what feels good, how your body reacts to certain sensations and how to ejaculate or reach the “big O.”

You’ll get to know what you like—and what you don’t like—so you’ll be able to better communicate to your partner when the time comes. You can share things like, “I really enjoy this position, but when I do things on my own, I find it’s more enjoyable when I do this.” Your partner wants sex to be pleasurable for you, so learning what you like will help you both enjoy the fireworks.

You could lower your risk of prostate cancer

3 / 6 You could lower your risk of prostate cancer

One study, conducted by Boston University School of Public Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School, concluded that frequent ejaculation—either through masturbation or intercourse—was associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer. The study found that men who ejaculated 21 times per month had fewer reports of prostate cancer diagnosis when compared to those men who ejaculated less (around 4 to 7 times per month).

While the research is the strongest to date, it’s not conclusive. But it does suggest that regular ejaculation will, in fact, improve your prostate health.

You’ll sleep better

4 / 6 You’ll sleep better

You’re not just imagining your significant other’s head hitting the pillow immediately after sex. Orgasms and ejaculations through masturbation may have the same affect.

When you have an orgasm or you ejaculate—no matter how—your body releases a hormone, called oxytocin, that can help you sleep. Post-climax, your cortisol levels decrease, which may help you relax for bed, too. There’s more: having an orgasm or ejaculating causes your body to release prolactin, a hormone that can make you drowsy.

How to get started

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Whether you’re new to masturbation or you’re just looking for ways to spice up your alone time, here are some full-proof secrets for self-pleasure:  

  • Make some time: Like sex, you’ll have to allow some time to be intimate with yourself. Make sure you pick a time of day where you can go uninterrupted for a little while. Pick a place that’s comfortable, too: the bed, the couch, the shower—wherever you feel most relaxed is the ideal place for masturbation.
     
  • Fantasize: Achieving ejaculation or orgasm may come easier if you’re envisioning a sexy-to-you scenario or fantasy. And you’re less likely to get distracted if you’re following a story line or scene. Spend some time dreaming up scenarios where there is roleplaying involved or a position you’ve always wanted to try with your significant other—then conjure up that fantasy when you’re getting busy.
     
  • Experiment with new things: These days, there are all sorts of lubricants and toys to help you get in the mood, but so many options can be confusing. Before you make a purchase, think about what you want to get out of your toy: do you typically orgasm with clitoris stimulation, G-spot stimulation or both? Do you enjoy coming more when you’re wetter down there?

    And remember, if a sex shop seems intimidating, many lubes and sex toys are available for purchase online. If it’s toys you’re buying, choose ones made of silicone; they’re easy to clean and perfectly safe for your body. 
Have fun and connect with your body!

6 / 6 Have fun and connect with your body!

The beauty of masturbation is that it’s just between you and your body. In addition to all of the health benefits, you don’t have to worry about how long it takes, or whether or not someone else is feeling pleasure, too. So, enjoy the moment, try new things and visualize fantasies—take this opportunity get in touch with your body … literally.