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Masturbation: Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Miss Out

And, no, it doesn't cause blindness.

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Masturbation is considered an excellent form of self-care, but the majority of women consider it a taboo. Based on research conducted in the US, more males (73.8%) reported masturbation than females (48.1%) across all age groups. In Sri Lanka, it’s a bigger problem because sex education is still not encouraged, and parents rarely educate their children about sex believing it will corrupt their kids.

As such, many millennial and Gen Z women have come to associate the term, “masturbation” with negative connotations. With the many myths floating around, we’re here to set the record straight and encourage all women to not shy away from a little self-pleasure. Sure, not everyone does it, but whether or not you’re in a relationship, you have every right to explore it.

It’s really not that complicated.

Basically, masturbation is arousing sexual pleasure by stimulating your sexual organs. “There is no real harm in doing it,” revealed Dr. Nilani Kaluarachi MB ChB (UK), D.R.C.O.G (UK), DFFP (UK). “You can do it as many times as you want as long as it does not interfere with your daily activities or you’re using it as an escape from your relationship.” Masturbation is actually really good for your health, both mentally and physically. And, what’s more, it’s the safest sex out there — you don’t run the risk of getting pregnant or catching a sexually transmitted disease (STD).

Masturbation is good for the soul. Period.

It’s a pretty simple act, but the benefits go beyond just the euphoric feeling when you reach a climax. Here are a few more advantages…

  • You feel pretty darn good. Masturbation boosts blood flow through your body and releases endorphins and oxytocin (your feel-good hormones), making it a great way to elevate your mood! Plus, it can clear stress and anxiety in the same way as yoga and meditation. Just so you know, the best time of the month to reach a higher number of orgasms is mid-cycle. You’re welcome.
  • Increases body confidence. It helps you build a positive relationship with yourself helping you realize that you’re enough to pleasure yourself.  Self-love FTW!
  • The risk of cervical cancer drops. Anthony Santella, a public health scientist at the University of Sydney, and his colleague, Spring Chenoa Cooper, believe for women, masturbation can help prevent cervical infections and urinary tract infections through the process of “tenting” or the opening of the cervix that occurs as part of the arousal process. This enables fluid circulation, allowing cervical fluids full of bacteria to be flushed out.
  • It’s good for your vagina. It keeps your pelvic floor strong and healthy, which can avoid uncontrolled leakage of urine, and help relieve cramps during your period.
  • You’ll get a good night’s sleep. You know that feeling of utter relaxation post-sex (and climax, obvs)? Well, masturbation does pretty much the same thing, too. Why? “After you orgasm, you release hormones; this is what relaxes and tires you sending you into a deeper sleep,” shared Dr. Nilani.

There are far too many misconceptions flying around.

Ladies, pleasuring yourself is completely okay. It’s important to note that the following are not a result of masturbation…

  • Blindness
  • Hairy palms
  • Impotence later in life
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Acne
  • Penis shrinkage
  • Penis curvature
  • Low sperm count
  • Infertility
  • Mental illness
  • Physical weakness
  • Reduction of sexual pleasure – Experts say that masturbation is one of the best ways to figure out what you like in bed so it helps you to guide your partner.
  • Prostate cancer – Some say if you masturbate in your 20s and 30s, it might increase your chance of prostate cancer. But, a majority of professionals (including Dr. Nilani) believe that masturbating will reduce the risk of getting prostate cancer as it stimulates the prostate gland and flushes out the toxins.

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Sure, there are some side-effects but they’re not very alarming!

Like everything you do in life, it’s always best to practice solo sex with care and control so you don’t face any repercussions.

  • Vaginal injuries/infections. You can damage your clitoris with long fingernails, so watch out! And make sure your hands and sex toys are clean before they’re put to use.
  • Penis injuries. In the case of a guy, applying too much force can injure his penis, but it usually heals on its own. According to Dr Nilani, getting rough during masturbation (especially with an erect penis) can cause penile edema, where the penis swells up or fractures (it’s a very rare occurrence, but important to note). Moreover, men can get used to a tight grasp, and lose sexual pleasure with a woman as no vagina can be as tight as his grip! So, ask boo to be gentle with himself, so it won’t ruin the sexual chemistry between the two of you! 
  • Interruptions to day-to-day activities. Getting addicted to playing with your clit, and letting it be an obstacle towards your normal functioning can take away from a healthy lifestyle. Balance is key, girlfriend!
  • Reduces fertility prior to giving a sperm sample. Do note that this has nothing to do with overall fertility of the body and only applies to the men. “People are asked not to masturbate and ejaculate 48 hours before giving a sperm sample as the sperm count will be lower than normal in the sample,” explained Dr. Nilani. (If too many days have passed since the last ejaculation, for example, when one thinks of ‘saving up’ sperm, the motility of the sperm will be lower than normal!)

Post-masturbation habits.

After sexual intercourse, the pros always recommend hitting the loo to pee and wash up to help flush out bacteria before it can travel to the bladder. It’s not a requirement, it just decreases your chances of catching a urinary tract infection (UTI). But, after masturbation,  you don’t need to do this unless you really want to. Just make sure you thoroughly cleanse any toys you use.

 

In a nutshell, masturbation is perfectly safe. Just make sure you don’t injure yourself in the process. Loving yourself enough to enjoy the experience and understanding what turns you on is key to a better relationship with yourself and with a potential partner. After all, you can’t love someone else until you learn to love yourself.

 

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