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Everyone does it, but science thinks that you should be doing it more.

 

1. It makes you happier

Masturbation releases two endorphins – dopamine and oxytocin. These chemicals improve your mood and release a natural high.

Source: Sofe Minine

2. It can help you have better sex

Masturbation tones and strengthens the pelvic muscles – which means ‘training’ can lead to better and longer sex. As you age, pelvic exercise can even prevent erectile dysfunction and incontinence. And, according to the University of Chicago, frequent masturbaters have more sex than those who masturbate less often.

Source: Your Tango / Tandfonline

3. It’s a natural hay fever remedy

A blocked nose in the summer is caused by swollen and inflamed nasal blood vessels, irritated by pollen in the air. During masturbation, the nervous system constricts blood vessels, soothing those in your nose and allowing you to breathe normally.

Source: New Scientist

4. It can fight cancer

An Australian study found that men who masturbate more than 2 times a week are 36% less likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer before the age of 70 than those who masturbate less.

Source: Harvard Prostate Knowledge / WebMD

5. It boosts your self-esteem

Studies found that women who masturbate have overall higher self-esteem than those who don’t because they know what their body is capable of.

Source: Tandfonline

6. It fights off infection

For women, a morning pleasure session can help prevent cervical and urinary tract infections by encouraging fluid circulation, according to Anthony Santella of the University of Sydney. Masturbation also boosts cortisol levels, which regulates immune functioning.

Source: Daily Mail

7. It’s great for your hair

Dr Michael Roizen points out that blood flow is a major determinate of both internal and external beauty. The increased blood flow during masturbation is great for both your skin and your hair.

Source: You Beauty

8. It relieves cramps

Flying solo that time of the month increases blood flow to the pelvic area, easing pain. Muscle contractions that occur during masturbation relieve tension in the muscles of the uterus.

Source: Care2

9. It can help prevent diabetes

Studies have found that women who regularly masturbate could be less prone to type-2 diabetes.

Source: Daily Mail

10. It improves sleep

According to Dr. Sheenie Ambardar, masturbation releases the hormone prolactin, which is responsible for feelings of relaxation and sleepiness .

Source: WebMD

11. It’s a pain killer

When I'm getting ready to masturbate on another lonely Friday night

Sex researcher Beverly Whipple found that a woman’s pain threshold spiked by nearly 75% after climaxing through masturbation. This is most likely due to the avalanche of neurotransmitters released post-orgasm.

Source: NCBI

 

 

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