Several studies have shown that close to 100 per cent of men masturbate, which is quite understandable, and for women it's about 82 per cent, depending on age. It's National Masturbation Month, don't ya know, and in honour of this glorious time of year we've compiled this list of reasons why you should go solo as often as you can. Take that hairy palms!
1. Keep Cancer At Bay
A 2003 Australian study found that men who ejaculated more than five times a week were a third less likely to develop prostate cancer. Regularly flushing your system, so to speak, keeps your semen healthy and prevents the build up of cancer-causing chemicals.
2. Help You Satisfy You Lady
Having a woman who masturbates is great. First, she's more likely to orgasm during intercourse and oral sex. And, if she lets you watch, "you can learn a ton about what makes her feel good and what's comfortable for her," says Brian Zamboni, Ph.D., a sex therapist in Minneapolis.
3. Fight Depression
It is held in many mental health circles that masturbation can relieve depression and lead to a higher sense of self-esteem.
4. Manage Stress
Masturbation has been used in the management of stress, as it results in release of feel-good hormones, called oxytocin, in the body. It has also been found useful in dealing with depression.
5. Prevent Heart Attacks
A study published in 1997 found an inverse association between death from coronary heart disease and frequency of orgasm even given the risk that myocardial ischaemia and myocardial infarction can be triggered by sexual activity.
6. Clear Your Nasal Passage
A 2008 study at Tabriz Medical University found ejaculation reduces swollen nasal blood vessels, freeing the airway for normal breathing. The mechanism is through stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system and is long lasting. The study author suggests "It can be done [from] time-to-time to alleviate the congestion and the patient can adjust the number of intercourses or masturbations depending on the severity of the symptoms."
7. Stay Happy and Sleepy
Sexual climax, from masturbation or otherwise, leaves one in a relaxed and contented state. This is frequently followed closely by drowsiness and sleep – particularly when one masturbates in bed.
8. It's A Workout
Some professionals consider masturbation to function as a cardiovascular workout. Though research is still as yet scant, those suffering from cardiovascular disorders (particularly those recovering from myocardial infarction, or heart attacks) should resume physical activity (including sexual intercourse and masturbation) gradually and with the frequency and rigor which their physical status will allow.
9. Calm Those Jimmy-Legs
Masturbation might relieve Restless Leg Syndrome symptoms. Researchers estimate that 10 percent of people suffer from RLS, a neurological disorder categorized by a constant urge to move the limbs, often causing leg pain, cramps, tingling, and itching. But there might be help in sight—a letter published in the medical journal Sleep Medicine reported on a patient who used sex and masturbation to relieve symptoms of RLS.
10. Immune System Boost
Masturbation boosts your immunity. Ejaculation releases the hormone cortisol. It’s a stress hormone, but in small doses, it can help strengthen and maintain your immune system.
11. Improve Your Sex Life
Masturbation makes sex better. Practice makes perfect, as the saying goes. “Sex therapists strongly recommend that women who have not had an orgasm begin by pleasuring themselves,” according to registered sex therapist Judith Golden. “This puts them in touch with the genital pleasure that they like.”
12. Tighten Up Your Game
(for the ladies) With age, you naturally lose muscle tone…even down there. Regular sex or masturbation works out your pelvic floor muscles to prevent erectile dysfunction and incontinence. It keeps the angle of your dangle perky. You must aim to (well!) arrive three to five times a week for rock-solid results.
13. Increase Your Game Time
(For the men) Taking yourself to palm prom may help you stretch your sack sessions. Train yourself by timing how long it takes you to orgasm, suggests Dr Nawal. If it usually takes two minutes solo, try for three next time. Or count how many strokes you need to get to your happy place. If you’re spurting after 50, shoot for 60. Practice makes perfect, right?
14. No Babies!
Last but not the least, this one is for both you and your girl! For couples not intending to get the girl pregnant, masturbation is a safe way of attaining sexual satisfaction without vaginal penetration which would otherwise lead to an unintended pregnancy. If the man’s penis is rubbed around the vulva and spills sperms there, there could be a chance of getting pregnant. Masturbation poses no risk of contracting an STD. However, mutual masturbation may however result in exchange of sexual fluids when partners touch each other’s genitals, says Dr Nawal.
15. For Those Of You Who Like Lists
Masturbation can enhance our physical, mental, and sexual health and the health of our sexual relationships. Masturbation may:
-create a sense of well-being
-enhance sex with partners, physically and emotionally
-help people learn how they like to be touched and stimulated sexually
-increase the ability to have orgasms
-improve relationship and sexual satisfaction
-increase self-esteem and improve body image
-provide sexual pleasure for people without partners, including the elderly
-provide sexual pleasure for people who choose to abstain from sex play with another person
-provide treatment for sexual dysfunction
-release sexual tension
-relieve menstrual cramps and muscle tension
-strengthen muscle tone in the pelvic and anal areas, reducing women’s chances of involuntary urine leakage and uterineprolapse