Masterbation Won't Hurt Your
By: Ann C.
Ever heard that song “She Bop” performed by Cyndi Lauper? And oh how that song was completely out- bolded every taboo subject ever was! She sang about masturbation and how every body does it. How masturbation won’t stunt your growth, it won’t make you go blind, and your hand won’t fall off. Despite threats made by our grandmothers and religious leaders, masturbation is actually good for your health! Benefits from masturbation include stress relief, relief from insomnia, and pain relief. Masturbation is also a safe and healthy way to get to know your body.
Studies have indicated that masturbation induced orgasms have a relaxing effect on the body and mind. “Particularly when used with sexual fantasy, masturbation can be a great escape, a way to let off some steam, and while masturbation alone might not be enough to deal with all the stress in your life, it’s a healthy, free, and non-pharmaceutical tool right at your fingertips” (Silverberg, Cory). While masturbation can not solve the cause of your stress, it can’t give you a temporary and pleasurable escape!
Other studies have indicated that masturbation can relieve symptoms of insomnia. “In a 2000 study of U.S. women, 32% said that in the past three months they masturbated as a way to fall asleep” (Silverberg, Cory). Having an orgasm as a result of masturbation can help lull you into a natural sleep, without the use of habit forming sleep aids.
Sexual arousal and orgasms have also been shown to reduce pain thresholds. Chronic pain, and temporary pain caused by things like headaches and menstrual cramps, is reduced in some people after having an orgasm. The exact medical cause of this is not clear (Silverberg, Cory).
Finally, masturbation is a great, safe, and healthy way to explore you body. Through masturbation you can discover what turns you on, without feeling embarrassed or self conscious. “Often when we’re having sex with a partner we might be too self-conscious, shy, or otherwise distracted to pay close attention to what’s happening in our own body” (Silverberg, Cory). Masturbation is a great time to play out fantasies, and focus on yourself and your body.
Despite negative taboos that are attached to masturbation, studies have indicated that masturbating to the point of orgasm actually has many positive benefits. Using masturbation as a way to become more familiar with your body, reduce pain, sleeplessness and stress is both healthy and safe. Read on for a “how-to”!