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5 Reasons Why Masturbation is Healthy For Women

Lifeberrys 2017-12-05 14:20:50

Everyone masturbates, right? Or do they? And why is it so embarrassing to talk about? Should we be doing it more? Well, here are my answers: yes, everyone masturbates. But yes, we should also be doing it more. Men masturbate more frequently than women do, and it’s time to change that.

Masturbation has gotten a bad reputation, mainly because religion and culture tell us it’s a sin. Here are 5 great reasons that masturbation should be an essential part of your wellness and self-care routine:

* No More Junk Food Carving

Higher levels of oxytocin makes us feel happier, which keeps those emotionally-triggered food cravings for sugars, cheese, and other “comfort foods" at bay. Oxytocin levels are usually increased simply through the physical stimulation of the clitoris, vagina, cervix, and breasts. So even if you don't reach climax, you'll still release this powerful neurotransmitter.

* Improved Sperm Quality


Higher levels of oxytocin makes us feel happier, which keeps those emotionally-triggered food cravings for sugars, cheese, and other “comfort foods" at bay. Oxytocin levels are usually increased simply through the physical stimulation of the clitoris, vagina, cervix, and breasts. So even if you don't reach climax, you'll still release this powerful neurotransmitter.


* Positive effect on the microbiome

The gut and the mind are inextricably linked. In my book Women, Food, And Desire, I tell the story of a client who wasn't dating, and wasn't masturbating. She had been suffering from bloating, gas, and a frustrating "muffin top" that wouldn't budge for years. I took her to Babeland, a clean, well-lit sex store, and we spoke with a knowledgeable staff member who helped her pick out her first nontoxic vibrator.

* Positive About Body


This, unsurprisingly, leads to higher confidence, and a positive upward spiral of self-care. When you know what you need to bring yourself pleasure and orgasm, you strengthen your emotional intelligence and connection to your body.

* Less Pain

Orgasms (and to a lesser extent simple sexual arousal) increase blood flow to both your brain and reproductive organs, which helps soothe menstrual cramps and headaches.