Contrary to the the Old Wive’s Tales, masturbating won’t make you go blind or give you hairy hands. In fact, masturbation is incredibly beneficial to your physical and mental health! In celebration of Masturbation Month, let’s take a look at how a little self-love can go a long way.
Masturbation for health
People who enjoy masturbation are typically happier and healthier than those who don’t, but there is one major health benefit for men: it reduces the risk of prostate cancer by 22%. Regular ejaculation flushes away toxins and old cells from the prostate that can build up over time. It can also prevent prostate enlargement caused by stagnant fluid collecting in the prostate.
The release of endorphins post-orgasm can also reduce your blood pressure and lead to a better night’s sleep for both men and women, which can in turn improve your overall mood and general well being.
Masturbation for stress and pain relief
Thinking about sex releases dopamine, a feel-good chemical, while having an orgasm releases oxytocin, which is also known as the happy hormone. These natural mood-boosters improve our well being and can even lead to a better sense of self-esteem, and generally makes us feel better in ourselves.
What’s more, masturbating can relieve menstrual cramps for people who experience pain and discomfort during their periods. Masturbating increases the blood flow to the genitals and pelvic area, which can help to alleviate back and stomach aches.
If the idea of touching yourself during your period may seem like the last thing you want to do, then you could always use a clitoral stimulator such as a discreet bullet vibrator rather than masturbating manually.
Masturbation for knowledge
If you want to orgasm during sex, then it’s important to understand how your body responds to being touched in different ways. Knowing your own body is incredibly important in this aspect, and besides, masturbating is a fun way to explore your sexuality!
Masturbation can also improve your sexual self-awareness, satisfaction, and can boost your immune system. What’s more, those who masturbate regularly are more likely to notice any changes to their genitals, and are more likely to seek medical advice when they realise that something’s not quite right.
Masturbating with sex toys
Manual masturbation, meaning masturbating with your hands, isn’t for everyone; some people need a little extra stimulation to achieve an orgasm. Sex toys are incredibly diverse products that are fun to use and offer amazing sensations to help you get your fix.
Size isn’t everything, so don’t assume that the biggest vibrator available will alleviate your orgasm struggles! 70% of women need clitoral stimulation to achieve an orgasm, so why not try a bullet vibrator such as the Rocks Off Ignition. This petite, discreet vibrator is a real powerhouse and offers a range of vibration levels and patterns.
For something completely different, the Satisfyer Pro 2 stimulates the clitoris using sound waves, which may sound a little strange, but feels so good! The sound waves create touch-free stimulation of the clitoris, applying just the right amount of pressure to deliver intense pleasure sensations.
If you’re looking for internal pleasure, G-Spot vibrators and rabbit vibrators are good options as they are designed with the body in mind.
The OhMiBod Cuddle is a great first time vibrator that offer slim satisfaction. It has a subtle curve and a pronounced tip to hit your G-Spot in just the right way, and is incredibly powerful despite its size.
For dual stimulation, the Fun Factory Miss Bi (as reviewed by us here) is a fabulous choice for beginners and sex toy connoisseurs alike. It also has dual motors, so if things get a little too much you can always turn off the clitoral stimulator to enjoy the internal sensations, or vice versa.
Male sex toys can be just as diverse as products for women. Masturbation sleeves such as Fleshlight (as reviewed here) units offer realistic sensations, while vibrators like the Hot Octopuss Pulse III Solo offer incredibly powerful stimulation. The Pulse III Solo can also be used when the penis is flaccid or erect, making it great fun for anyone!
Stimulating the prostate can deliver intense orgasms, but it’s important to ensure that the product is specifically designed for anal play or has a flared base. The Fun Factory Moody is a fabulously flexible P-Spot vibrator that harnesses powerful vibrations. It can also be used for G-Spot stimulation too, but ensure that you clean it in between anal and vaginal use to prevent bacteria spreading.
When using sex toys, or for sex play in general, use a good lubricant such as YES Organic, which is available in oil and water based formulas. Make sure you don’t use a silicone lubricant with silicone sex toys as this will affect the quality of your toy.
Article written by Megan Barnett at Jo Divine