We don’t talk much about masturbation, and because of cultural and religious restrictions, sexually indulging in self-indulgence can be considered shameful or even wrong. But there is nothing wrong with masturbating unless you hurt yourself and it becomes a kind of addiction.
Studies confirm that masturbation has several benefits:
1- Reduces stress
Orgasm itself can take away the stress. But whether you feel arousal or not, concentrating on your body and pleasure will distract your mind from stressful thoughts. You can give yourself time to take a deep relaxation, or you can masturbate so that you can relax quickly, it’s all up to you! When the pleasure center in the brain is stimulated, the hormones you secrete will help you feel more relaxed, pleasurable and. Calm your body by reducing stress hormones:
Dopamine: Known as the happiness hormone, dopamine is also important for boosting motivation.
Oxytocin: The behavioral and psychological effects of the love hormone oxytocin are very strong. It makes you feel good both sexually and socially.
Serotonin: Serotonin, which creates a feeling of satisfaction, is the best natural chemical for relieving stress.
Endorphins: The hormone endorphins, also known as feeling-good chemicals, also exert pain-relieving effects. The endorphins that we secrete during sports are also secreted in large quantities during sexual activity.
Prolactin: The hormone prolactin, which plays an important role in stress management, is triggered during masturbation and makes it easier for us to achieve emotional balance by reducing our stress response.
Endocannabinoids: Endocannabinoid hormone, which plays an important role in our exercise, social interaction and eating-drinking function, reduces pain, reduces inflammation in the body, improves cardiovascular function and reduces the symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Norepinephrine / Noradrenaline:These hormones, which stimulate neurotransmitters, facilitate the processing of dopamine and enhance the feeling of happiness.
Adrenaline: It reduces stress by relaxing the heartbeat and blood circulation.
2- Improves sleep
A 2019 study of 778 adults studied and found that sexual relaxation has many benefits for sleep patterns. Reduces body pressure, improves blood circulation and respiration, increases sleep quality and supports our health in general.
3- Reduces pain
If you have pain for any reason (menstrual pain, migraine, etc.) you may not think of sexual pleasure, but research has shown that masturbation and sexual relaxation help relieve pain by triggering endorphin secretion.
4- Strengthens the immune system
Stress can overload our immune system and make us more susceptible to various diseases. Masturbation releases our endocannabinoid and prolactin hormones which stimulate our immune system to protect us against disease.
5- Increases focus and motivation
The neurotransmitters we release during masturbation also play a role in our ability to focus. If you feel confused and lack inspiration, you can try masturbation as a very easy way to support your body and mind.
6- Improves sexual function
The hormones we secrete during masturbation are very effective in improving our sexuality. At the same time, discovering pleasure points in your body, understanding what you are enjoying, stimulating yourself to reach orgasm will help you understand what you like during sex and what kind of sex you want to have with your partner. In this way, you can express yourself better and gain confidence for more comfortable sex.
Jennifer Huijen. “How does masturbation affect the brain?”. Retrieved from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/masturbation-effects-on-brain (27.10.2020)
Rachel Jacoby Joldan. “14 Benefits of Female Masturbation and Tips to Engage Yourself”. Retrieved from https://www.self.com/story/13-reasons-every-woman-should-masturbate-b besides-the-obvious (27.12.2020).