Benefits of masturbation

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In our world there are a lot of myths floating around about masturbation. From “it will make you go blind” to being blamed for impotence, masturbation has really earned a bad name. Surprising to no one, these things aren’t true. In fact there are many benefits to pleasuring yourself, including:

  • Stress relief
  • Releasing tension
  • Enhancement of sleep quality
  • Better concentration
  • Elevated mood
  • Pain relief (including menstrual cramps)
  • Greater understanding of one’s own body
  • Improved vaginal lubrication
  • Decreased pain during sex (older women)
  • Frequent ejaculation may be linked to a lower risk of prostate cancer

Most importantly: you can’t get pregnant or catch an STD from masturbating! 

This is not to say that there are no drawbacks to masturbation. Like anything you can do it too much/too hard and hurt yourself- so be mindful and use lots of lube!


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