Category: Health & Fitness
Published on Monday, 16 December 2013 00:00
Masturbation - Not only does it feel good, it is good for you too in terms of health. Many people are embarrassed of using that term which is probably why there exists a mass amount of alternative words and phrases out there to describe the act of masturbating, such as “wanking”, or “buffing the banana”. Because of society's aversion to talking about masturbation, little is known about it, and therefore there are many myths associated to “jacking off” that include: masturbation may cause blindness and insanity; masturbation can make sexual organs fall off; and masturbation causes infertility. All these rumors are NOT TRUE. In fact, masturbation has numerous health benefits.
From a sexual point of view, masturbation is one of the safest sexual activities - there is no risk of pregnancy or contracting sexually transmitted diseases when administered properly. From an emotional point of view, there is no risk of disappointing a partner or of performance anxiety.
For women, masturbation can help prevent cervical infections and urinary tract infections though the process of “tenting”, which means the opening of the cervix that occurs as part of the arousal process. Tenting stretches the cervix, and thus the cervical mucous. This enables fluid circulation, allowing cervical fluids full of bacteria to be flushed out.
For men, masturbation helps reduce risk of prostate cancer, presumably by giving the prostate a chance to flush out potential cancer-causing agents.
For both men and women, masturbation can lower the risk of getting type-2 diabetes, reduce insomnia through hormonal and tension release, and increase pelvic floor strength through the contraction that happen during orgasm.
And that is not all that masturbation offers. Masturbation also improves immune functioning by increasing cortisol levels, which can regulate immune functioning in small doses. In addition to that, masturbation can prevent depression as it increases the amount of endorphins in the bloodstream.
Concurrently, masturbation can also indirectly prevent infertility by protecting people from sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that can lead to infertility.
There are plenty of other further health benefits that masturbation which if you are lucky, can lead to orgasm will bring, including reduced stress, reduced blood pressure, increased self-esteem, and reduced pain.