Even in today’s world where mind-blowing sex toys and stimulating arousal creams are only a click away — masturbation is still stigmatized but really Masturbation Is a Self Care Ritual. But, masturbation can be a powerful way to tend to your physical and mental wellbeing.
Tending to our pleasure and sexuality in a way that feels good can seriously enhance our physiological and psychological well-being. Simply put, masturbation is good for you and should be considered essential self-care.
Exploring our pleasures via partnered sex is widely accepted, but solo play is generally kept on the down low. But why, when the benefits are so numerous?
In this article, we’ll get into 5 major benefits of masturbation.
During masturbation, our body releases “feel-good hormones” that have all kinds of benefits
The “cuddle hormone”, also known as oxytocin, is released when we orgasm. This love hormone, alongside prolactin, serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins are responsible for the mental and physical benefits of masturbation.
Here are 5 major benefits of the orgasm hormone cocktail:
It can boost your mood
There are four main “happiness hormones,” they are dopamine, endorphins, serotonin, and oxytocin. Which is the exact cocktail that is naturally released after an orgasm. (Hello life hack!)
This is why masturbation is an amazing self-care tool. Feeling good, exploring your body, and regularly releasing natural “happiness makers” into your body can seriously lift your spirits.
It can release stress and tension
Orgasms relieve stress. When we orgasm there is a build-up of tension and an eventual release. The comedown from an orgasm is when we feel relaxed, sleepy, and even blissful.
Not to mention, the presence of oxytocin can lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol and may inhibit the release of cortisol.
After an orgasm, oxytocin, prolactin, endorphins dopamine, and serotonin are released into the body. After you have a flood of stimulating feel-good hormones, your body blissfully relaxes in the wake.
It can reduce pain
The endorphins released after orgasm have pain-killing properties. Having period cramps? Try masturbating.
It can help you fall asleep
People often feel sleepy after sex or masturbation because the body just got flooded with stimulating hormones. When that effect wears off, it can have a “crashing” effect — making you blissfully sleepy.
Additionally, prolactin, the “relaxation hormone” is released after an orgasm. This alone can make you feel tired and relaxed.
Want an all-natural sleeping aid, try masturbation. The neurochemicals that are released can help you drift off to sleep.
It can boost libido
Regularly masturbating can keep a healthy flow of blood circulation in the vulva and natural lubrication which can help enhance libido and desire.
For those who struggle with low libido, masturbating can expand your “orgasmic potential”
Masturbation as an essential self-care practice
While partnered intimate sex is a beautiful part of life that many find essential to their happiness, masturbation is equally as beneficial. While the chemical makeup is the same, during solo masturbation your attention lies only on your own pleasure. This intimate relationship with your own body can be nurturing and nourishing.
If you’re inclined, curious, or rearing to go — try masturbation as a self-care ritual that benefits your wellbeing and see how it affects your life, love, and relationships.
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