Masturbation is one of those rare activities that everyone does, but no one talks about -- and if, for whatever weird reason, someone asked why you masturbate, you’d probably answer something like, "'Cause it feels good," or, "What else am I supposed to do with all this coconut oil?"
Of course, most people don't have this conversation, because there's a ton of shame associated with autoeroticism, and sex in general -- women in particular are conditioned to sublimate their sexuality. And while male sexuality isn’t as taboo, it’s not like men sit around trading masturbation tips.
Pleasure is definitely the most obvious and immediate benefit of masturbation. But guess what? Masturbation is actually GOOD for you -- as in, science has shown that there are actual health benefits associated with masturbation. Let’s look at some of the best ones.
It's a proven stress-buster
You know how people always say exercise improves your mood? It’s annoying, but you know they’re right. The reason for that post-workout mood boost is because working out releases brain chemicals called endorphins, which make you feel happier and less stressed out.
Well, having an orgasm is kind of like exercising, except much more intense. Orgasm stimulates a flood of hormones and neurotransmitters, including oxytocin, dopamine, and endorphins. All of these chemicals are associated both with pleasure and stress reduction, and explain why you might feel like spaghetti after getting off. Sometimes, solo sexy time may even make you sleepy -- which is a good thing for the insomniacs out there.
All of this means masturbation is therefore a viable way to relieve stress, so you can choose to masturbate instead of meditating or doing yoga if that kind of thing is more up your alley