Masturbation benefits are real! Here’s the breakdown:
Can masturbating relieve pain?
Yes and no. Masturbating itself doesn’t necessarily reduce pain, but orgasm does. When you have an orgasm, you release a cocktail of hormones including endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain-killing hormones. This is why cramps, headaches and other pain gets reduced.
Can it impact my mood and sleep?
Yes and yes. Endorphins released during orgasm can make you feel happier and more relaxed. When you orgasm, you also release oxytocin, which counteracts stress hormones and helps you fall asleep. You also release norepinephrine and serotonin which help your body get into a flow of REM sleep cycles better too.
Disclaimer: some people say they get a boost of energy after orgasm, not a sleepy feeling. If you can relate, a quick morning orgasm is a great way to start the day refreshed.
How can masturbating help me with my sexual agency?
Being able to pleasure yourself may not feel natural for some, especially if you didn’t grow up talking about sex or are healing for sexual trauma. However, when you learn what type of touch and movement you like, you are able to be in control of your pleasure and you can teach your partner how to please you. It’s a win, win but it’s OK if it takes some time to master.
How can I level-up my solo sessions?
Being able to identify what type of touch, motion, pressure, and speed you like and don’t like is part of healthy self-exploration. To take your self-pleasure sessions to the next level, practice holistic sex techniques where you focus on mind-body connection and learn to play with your sexual energy. Create a sacred space in your home, be protective of who enters it, and have deep exploration sessions with products that bring out the best of you.