Despite having many benefits, masturbation has gotten a bit of a bad reputation. Some women feel traces of guilt or shame when practicing this very natural act. Luckily, this is beginning to change and now more than half of American adults report masturbating between one and four times a week. However, men still masturbate more frequently than women do and it’s time to change that. Here are some reasons why masturbation should be a regular part of your wellness routine.
1. You will feel better about your body.
Women who masturbate regularly are more likely to feel positively about their body. Knowing how your body works and what you are capable of, regardless of relationship status, helps you strengthen your connection with your body. When you can pleasure yourself, you don’t need anyone else to validate that you are sexy. You already know you are.
2. You will get a boost of hormones.
Orgasms cause a release of endorphins, dopamine and oxytocin. These hormones lower cortisol, a main stress hormone. Elevated cortisol leads to insomnia, over-eating and inflammation. This means your masturbation sessions could actually lead to a more toned body.
3. You will crave less junk food.
Oxytocin levels are increased through the physical stimulation of the clitoris, vagina and breasts. Even if you don’t reach climax, you will still release oxytocin. Higher levels of oxytocin make us feel happier and helps keep those cravings for sweets and “comfort food” to a minimum.
4. You will feel less pain.
Sexual arousal increases blood flow to your brain as well as to your reproductive organs. This soothes headaches and menstrual cramps.
5. You can keep your sex life alive.
Whether you are single or in a relationship, masturbation is a wonderful way to maintain your sexual energy. Masturbation keeps your reproductive tissues strong, flexible and healthy. As you indulge in more solo-sex, you will crave more and more because your brain is thinking about it more often. This can be especially helpful for couples who are struggling sexually or for a single person who still wants to have a sex life.
These are just the added benefits of masturbation, but as you already know, self pleasure feels great – and we all need more pleasure in our lives, right? While you’re enjoying yourself, try adding ME Gel to your routine for the ultimate enjoyment.