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Masturbation Benefits

It seems to be a cruel rule of the universe — things that feel awesome are usually not that great for you. A prescription of booze, drugs, and Netflix binges just isn’t going to impress your doctor, no matter how good those things make you feel in the moment.

 

Though chowing down on hot wings and waffle fries won’t give you a six pack and the resting heart rate of an Olympic sprinter, there is one notable exception to this fickle rule.

 

Masturbation.

 

Major tip of the hat to whatever deity made this dream come true. Because it’s a fact: masturbation is good for you. Not just excellent feeling, but… actually a positive thing for your health.

 

You likely don’t need more reasons to masturbate, but if you’re wondering about the proven scientific health benefits, or looking to win a very interesting trivia game, keep reading for our countdown of the top eight health benefits of masturbation.

 

8) Masturbation creates a natural high (which reduces disease development)

Some people call it a “sense of well-being.” Some people call it “feeling reaaalllly good.” Whatever the label, masturbating to orgasm releases a whole orgy of positive neurochemicals, flooding your body with bliss.

happy man

A big one here is dopamine, which is a happiness hormone directly linked to your brain’s reward system. All the really good stuff, like opiates, nicotine, and cocaine are huge triggers of dopamine. But for a natural boost that won’t send you tumbling down a wormhole of addiction and other personal problems, there’s always jerking off.

 

Adequate dopamine levels have been shown to be important for brain health. Low levels of dopamine are associated with the development of Parkinson’s Disease.

 

Plus, replacing truly destructive dopamine-triggering habits like drug, alcohol, and sugar addition with a little palm action? Sounds healthy to me.

 

Basically, masturbation creates a safe, free, always accessible sense of euphoria and is also healthy. Awesome.

 

7) Masturbation enhances relationship quality and sexual satisfaction (which extends your life)

“Know thyself,” said some philosopher (Socrates) who was probably talking about how to have great sex. Basically, when you masturbate you’re learning your own likes and dislikes. You’re learning your favorite erogenous zones, what fantasies really get you there, and reducing embarrassment.

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When you know yourself, you’re much more likely to know how to communicate your sexual preferences to a partner. And as we all know, good sex is all about communication. One study from the Journal of Sex Education and Therapy even found that masturbating improved marriage satisfaction among women.

 

Having a stable, enriching relationship (that just happens to involve wild sex) is also proven to be an extremely important factor in longevity, according to a variety of longitudinal studies.

 

So don’t limit yourself to masturbation when you’re out of a relationship. Masturbation is not the sad replacement for a non-existent partner. It is, as Woody Allen put it, “Sex with someone [you] love.” Getting to know yourself — and bringing that confidence into sex with others — is not only healthy… it’s fun.

 

6) Masturbation improves sleep quality and ease

Sleep is like… really important.

sleeping man

Sleep has all sorts of insanely positive effects on memory, as well as mental and physical health. And for anyone who’s ever dealt with insomnia? It’s a feeling more aggravating and crazy-making than the worst expletives you can think of.

 

Which is why masturbation is here to save the day.

 

Ride one out, cowboy, because masturbation releases invaluable neurochemicals like endorphins and oxytocin, which put our bodies into a state of relaxation. Additional chemicals like prolactin and serotonin are released when you orgasm, and are linked to stress reduction.

 

Masturbation can help you get to sleep more easily, and sleep more deeply.

 

5) Masturbation is good for your heart

If you’ve got an achy-breaky heart, jerking it off to memories of your ex probably won’t help with that.

man forming a heart using his hands

But all jokes about failed romance aside, masturbation, like any cardio activity, is actually a pretty good way to get your blood pumping. When you orgasm, the elevated heart rate and blood pressure are equivalent to climbing two flights of stairs.

 

So it’s not a marathon… but it’s better than nothing.

 

In fact, data in 2010 from the Massachusetts Male Aging Study indicated that men who have sex at least two times a week cut their risk of death from cardiovascular disease by over 31%.

 

Now, sex isn’t exactly the same as masturbation, but why take the chance? Take your heart health into your own hands. Your cardiologist will thank you.

 

4) Masturbation helps fight erectile dysfunction and incontinence

man holding his penis outside his pants

Practice makes perfect, right? It’s pretty cringey when you just can’t get it up, for whatever reason. And as you get older, those bladder muscles just aren’t as strong any more.

 

The good news is that masturbation helps with both. If you have mild-to-moderate ED caused by psychological or emotional factors, masturbation can be an amazing tool to reduce anxiety and boost confidence. Similar to #7, knowing what turns you on and being confident in your sexuality can majorly reduce anxiety around getting and keeping an erection. If you know that you can find your own groove, it’s less stressful when you jump into intimacy with a new partner.

 

And not only does masturbating feel beyond great, but it forces your pelvic muscles into strong contractions when you orgasm. Similar to Kegels, these contractions are working that pelvic region, and strengthening your pelvic muscles. This can help reduce ED, if there’s a physiological factor, and keep incontinence at bay.

 

3) Masturbation reduces stress

happy man in bed

Just like getting enough sleep is unbelievably important for all facets of your health, reducing chronic stress is also vital. It can’t be overstated: chronic stress is a killer.

 

Luckily, one solution isn’t too hard.

 

Masturbation reduces stress. When you orgasm, neurochemicals like oxytocin and endorphins rush into your body. Not only do they relax you, give you a sense of euphoria, and help you sleep easier, but they also reduce blood pressure and cortisol levels. Oxytocin specifically reduces pain and promotes healing.

 

Masturbation essentially silences your body’s adrenal alarm bells. If your body is perpetually stressed, you can gain weight, feel anxiety and depression, and develop chronic headaches and heart problems.

 

And if you’re stressed out just reading that sentence… now you know a way to make that feeling go away.

 

2) Masturbation benefits your immune system

Okay, remember that stress hormone cortisol mentioned above? While it’s bad in large doses, it does get released in small amounts when you orgasm. And this is actually good for your immune function. Cortisol assists in regulating and maintaining your immune system. Which means if you’re looking to fight off the flu and avoid colds, masturbation can help.

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Sleep is also extremely important for immune function. And as we proved above, masturbation can help with that too.

 

Though more data is needed, there’s also a small amount of proof that masturbation can boost men’s white blood cell counts. In 2004, a small study by the Department of Medical Psychology at the University Clinic of Essen, Germany, found that after a masturbation-induced orgasm, young men increased their lymphocyte circulation and cytokine production.

 

Translation? Masturbation helps keep you healthy.

 

1) Masturbation reduces the risk of developing prostate cancer

That’s right, clearing out those nuts reduces your risk of prostate cancer.

man in pain of prostate

The prostate gland takes most men on quite a roller coaster through their lives. It can be a source of amazing pleasure when stimulated, and a source of incredible frustration as we get older. But a fundamental truth is that nobody wants cancer. Down there, or anywhere else.

 

What can you do?

 

Multiple studies have demonstrated that men who ejaculate at a higher frequency experience a lower risk of prostate cancer. According to a Harvard Health Professionals study, those men who ejaculated 21 or more times per month had a 33% lower chance of developing prostate cancer as opposed to those who only ejaculated four to seven times.

 

Sounds like your daily habit has more benefits than you knew.

 

Give yourself a hand (or more).

Now that you know the many health benefits of masturbation, it’s also time to start thinking about how to change up your routine. Masturbating every day may be healthy, but without some fun new add-ons it risks getting boring.

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We always suggest a  . If you’re upping your frequency of masturbation (for your health!), chafing is the last thing you want.

 

Sexually confident men are also unashamed to explore the vast frontier of masturbation enhancement, which is why we suggest checking out our exciting selection of sex toys .

 

Live your best life and pursue your pleasure. Health and happiness don’t always overlap. But when they do?

 

Go for it.

 

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