Sexual Health Benefits Of Masturbation

Masturbation is considered to be one of the safest forms of sex - if done alone or with a partner(s). Despite the negative connotations around it - especially among women - it is commonly practised. Masturbating has a significant effect on your sex life - physically, emotionally, and mentally.

Here are some benefits of masturbation:

- The release of sexual tension
- Encouraged exploration of the body and sexual likes/dislikes 
- It is a safe form of sex and has reduced chances of STIs or STDs
- It helps individuals understand their sexual response, ie. what arousal or orgasm feels like.
- Helps in relaxation which is beneficial for stress
- Promotes a better sleep cycle
- Endorses the release of endorphins
- Aids to mental health by encouraging positive body image and better-self esteem
- Lowers the risk for certain cancers such as prostate cancer
- It helps boost immunity
- It aids in mood-boosting: masturbating helps in the production of the "feel-good" hormones such as dopamine and oxytocin 
- It improves the health of your heart
- Helps strengthen the pelvic floor muscles
- Helps relieve period pain or cramps