For many, the masturbation habit is one of those things where public discussion still feels a little naughty. Even those who regularly talk to others about sex may avoid exploring how many times they masturbate each week.
However, masturbation is an important factor not only for sexual health and sexual satisfaction, but also for mental health. Yes, the benefits of masturbation are manifold. In addition to sexual desire, it also involves sharpening your mind.
So is masturbation healthy?
In a word, yes! Letting go of yourself can promote physical and mental health, and reaching orgasm has many positive side effects. For example, it can lower blood pressure, thereby reducing stress. Orgasms also bring various health benefits, including the release of oxytocin, also known as the “binding hormone.”
If you’ve ever wanted to hug after sex (who hasn’t!), you’re probably experiencing some good oxytocin. Research shows that reaching orgasm is associated with warm ambiguity, including inspiring trust, empathy, open communication, and joy. According to oxytocin researcher and obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Felice Gersh, “regardless of how it is stimulated and produced, it increases feelings of love and bonding.”
It is also important to distinguish between masturbation habits and ejaculation. If you have a penis, you probably won’t ejaculate every time you masturbate. Some people think that it’s healthier for men who don’t ejaculate to masturbate (especially as they get older). Men can explore the whole world of non-ejaculatory orgasms (sometimes called energetic orgasms). Side effects of male non-ejaculatory orgasm include increased concentration, increased energy levels, and even improved skin.
Speaking of the benefits of male masturbation
It may sound crazy, but the benefits of masturbation may even include a lower chance of cancer. According to medical advice, if you have a penis, masturbation can lower your chances of getting prostate cancer.
Yes, current research shows that the more often a man ejaculates, the less likely he is to develop prostate cancer. A major study published in 2016 followed 32,000 men for 18 years. For the researchers, it didn’t matter if men masturbate, wet dreams or have sex with a partner. — A researcher counted any way to climax. The results of it? Men who ejaculated the most (at least 21 times a month, or more than 5 times a week) had a 20% lower chance of getting prostate cancer! (Compared to men who ejaculate 4-7 times a month or 1-1.75 times a week.)
Therefore, medical advice suggests that the more ejaculate each month, the less likely you are to develop prostate cancer. Experts aren’t sure why, although some believe it can help flush out toxic chemicals that can build up in semen.
So how many times a week should you masturbate?
There really is no set habit of masturbating every week. It is important to remember that this is a normal and healthy human activity and there is nothing wrong with you wanting to do something that makes you feel good. After all, a side effect of doing things that feel good is that when you do, you’re generally more friendly and open. In terms of how often you get off, it’s good to know that sometimes masturbation can be a trigger point in a relationship. Some people believe that married sex should only involve cooperative activities, not personal time. But sexologists and dating experts agree that even when you’re in a relationship, there’s a place where you can orgasm. This is an open discussion with your dear ones. Sometimes it can be sexy to enter a relationship with a vibrator or male masturbation toy. (Manage the toys, anyone?)
Are there other benefits of masturbation?
Glad you asked!
As we all know, masturbation is healthy for both men and women. Here are some unexpected benefits of orgasm:
If you’re a woman, orgasms can help regulate your menstrual cycle.
Researchers aren’t sure why, but it may have something to do with circadian rhythms. “Regular orgasm can improve immune health, mental health, and possibly circadian health,” says Dr. Gersh. “We know that the ovaries are very circadian, have melatonin receptors, and respond negatively to inflammation. Regular orgasms will work on all these levels to maintain our innate rhythm, reduce inflammation, and promote regular cycles.”
Having an orgasm can boost your immune system.
A 2004 study found that post-orgasm masturbation and arousal can boost men’s levels of white blood cells (white blood cells that protect you from infectious diseases like colds and the flu). Another study from Indiana University showed that women who were sexually active and had orgasms had “more changes in helper T cells.” T cells are another important element of the immune system.
Orgasms can make you smarter.
A 2013 study showed that when women masturbate and orgasm, they release a flood of hormones that increase brain activity. The cortical, subcortical, and brainstem areas glow, which means you can reap the physical and mental benefits of having an orgasm.
It makes your skin radiant.
Want to make sex a part of your skin care routine? Depends on your masturbation habit. – A side effect of orgasm is that all your blood vessels open up when you orgasm. That’s why you get a beautiful “hot flash”. It also stimulates collagen production. Collagen is part of what keeps your skin looking youthful and plump. )
It can make you live longer.
Although it may sound far-fetched, sexual satisfaction and orgasm are indeed associated with longevity. For example, a recent Welsh study found that men aged 45-59 with a “high frequency of orgasms” (git it) had a 50% lower risk of death. (Men who had two or more orgasms a week had half as many deaths as men who had orgasms less than once a month.)
An 80-year study of married heterosexual couples found a strong relationship between orgasm, health benefits and longevity. Women who often orgasm live longer than women who don’t.