“We have the right to our own bodies,” said feminist Shere Hite, talking about the fact that even in the late seventies, female masturbation was looked down upon as unnatural and perverted. Most religions condemn female pleasure as morally impaired, while even noted psychologists like Sigmund Freud classed female masturbation as an infantile activity.
Masturbation and female orgasms are, in fact, so vilified in society that I have to sit here and write an article about why they are actually good for you! But here are some reasons why you should masturbate, even though patriarchy has taught us otherwise:
1. Relieves Stress
Just like sex, masturbation is also a great way to release tension and stress after a long day.
2. Helps With Insomnia
The release of the oxytocin hormone in the body after climaxing helps you sleep like a baby.
3. Cervical Health
Links have been found between regular masturbation and improved cervical health. Some studies have linked decreased risks of cervical cancer associated with increased masturbation.
Also read: 7 Things That Should NEVER Get Close To Your Vagina!
4. Makes You Happier!
Masturbation releases feel-good hormones - dopamine and epinephrine - that make you feel better instantly! It is a natural mood enhancer.
5. Releases Sexual Tension
So what if you’re not getting any action? Masturbation is a great way to release sexual tension on your own.
6. A Healthy Heart
Studies have also shown that female masturbation improves your heart’s health! So keep yourself guarded from the number one killer in women - heart disease!
7. It’s Empowering
Being in control of your own body and your own pleasure can be an incredibly empowering experience.
Also read: 7 Things Every 20-Something Girl Should Know About Masturbation
8. It’s Exercise...
...for your vagina! If you work on every other part of your body, why not your vagina too? Masturbation acts like a workout for your vagina and strengthens your uterine and vaginal muscles.
9. Lower Chances Of A UTI
Urinary Tract Infections are annoying and painful. Masturbation helps flush out bacteria from the cervix, improving cervical health and lowering the risk of catching UTIs.
10. Mental Health
Not only does masturbation relieve stress, but some studies also suggest that it can even prevent the onset of depression! We think this is an important benefit, considering that women are twice as likely to have depression as men.
11. Improves Body Image
Masturbation makes you more comfortable with your own body, which is very important for a positive body image.
Also read: 9 Things People Don’t Know About Masturbation – What About You?
12. No Drawbacks
There are literally NO known drawbacks or negative effects of masturbation - only positive ones!
Could there BE a more fun way to stay healthy?
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Published on May 26, 2016