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5 Health Benefits of Masturbation

Posted on November 1, 2014

Chances are, you can tick off a few reasons why masturbation is considered to be a real health benefit – but there are likely many reasons you would not have guessed so easily. Masturbation can be a very private, personal topic, but this does not mean that you should shy away from learning about how masturbation can benefit your health.

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Masturbation can benefit a person’s physical and mental health in a variety of ways, and we’ve outlined five of the top benefits of masturbation.

Masturbation is safe and educational.

Masturbation provides a way for men and women to experience sexual pleasure without the risk of sexually transmitted disease from unprotected intercourse. It also offers an opportunity for a person to learn about and explore their sexuality in a safe, comfortable environment. Finally, there is no risk of pregnancy with masturbation.

Masturbation relieves stress and tension.

Masturbation is an excellent approach to stress relief since it reduces physical and mental tension. Gratification experienced during masturbation can actually lower blood pressure and can improve sleep since it promotes relaxation. Masturbation has also been known to provide relief from muscle cramps.

Masturbation boosts your immune system.

When you ejaculate, your body releases cortisol, a stress hormone that suppresses the immune system. When cortisol is released in small amounts during masturbation, the body’s immune system is strengthened.

Masturbation improves self-esteem.

Studies show that individuals who masturbate often are likely to have a more positive body image, and consequently, a higher sense of self-esteem than those who do not.

Masturbation may prevent prostate cancer.

In recent years, studies have suggested that male orgasm clears the prostate of potentially harmful carcinogens that could lead to prostate cancer later in life.

As with most things, masturbation is most beneficial to a person’s health when practiced in moderation. Should you have additional questions, your doctor can further explain the health benefits of masturbation.

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