During such extraordinary times, it’s more important than ever to understand our bodies. Here we explore the multiple benefits of masturbation and how it can support a healthy immune system.
An Orgasm a Day….
Keeps the doctor away, sounds too good to be true? Well, it isn’t! For anyone with a clitoris, regular orgasms are REALLY good for your health, both physically and mentally.
Before we dive into the medical whys and wherefores there are a few other benefits of masturbation we need to talk about. Firstly, masturbation helps us to figure out what we like in the bedroom, what works for us and more importantly, what doesn’t. Women that regularly masturbate report to have happier, healthier, and more satisfying sex lives than those that don’t. It also helps us to know what’s normal, for us as individuals. Regular masturbation helps us to notice any changes that may occur to our vulva or vagina, this means that if we notice something odd, we can get ourselves to the doctors far quicker.
Research suggests that there’s a plethora of health benefits when it comes to masturbation. Think of regular climax as being as essential to a healthy life as lime is to a good gin and tonic! Firstly, it reduces stress, which is fabulous because, when it comes to orgasm, stress is hugely toxic. When you climax your brain releases a whole host of feel-good chemicals such as oxytocin and serotonin, this boost helps to reduce stress and can help to elevate your mood too, what’s not to love! This also means that stress triggered skin conditions such as rosacea and psoriasis can also be helped by an orgasm a day.
Orgasms also help to produce the sleep-inducing hormone, prolactin. So, theoretically, you should enjoy better, and more restful sleep after an orgasm, and with a good night’s sleep under your belt, you’ll be better equipped to face the day.
A study from The University of Michigan indicated that regular orgasm can help to raise oestrogen levels, which is great because oestrogen appears to have a number of anti-ageing properties. Orgasms also increase blood flow, to the entire body, including your face. This, in turn, helps the production of collagen, meaning that climaxing regularly can help to keep us looking fabulous!
Now, as we’ve looked at the exterior, it’s probably time we took a look at the interior too and the benefits of masturbation. Climaxing releases a chemical called DHEA, which helps to support a healthy immune system. A healthy immune system means fewer illnesses such as colds and flu. Another study of university students showed that those students reporting an orgasm of more than two per week had up to thirty per cent more immunoglobulin, also known as antibodies, in their blood. These are molecules produced by plasma cells which are an integral part of a strong immune system as they bond themselves to antigens such as bacteria and viruses, aiding in their destruction.
A little known, and very happy side effect of regular climax, can be indulging in a better diet, consisting of healthier and more wholesome foods. Some studies have shown that having an orgasm releases Phenethylamine, a natural Amphetamine that helps to regulate your appetite, this means that you may make healthier food choices on a day to day basis. There’s also further evidence to support this, a study from the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy showed that regular sexual activity, such as intercourse or masturbation, was connected to smaller hip and waist circumferences in both women and men.
Regular orgasms also help to boost your libido, as it turns out, the more sex you have, the more you want.
Sexual activity helps to up our lubrication production levels, increases blood flow to the genitals and improves vaginal elasticity, all of which help make sex great!
Orgasms will make you superwoman! OK, so this isn’t entirely true, however, they do heighten your pain threshold. An orgasm releases pain-blocking chemicals, so if you accidentally stub your toe on the way to the bathroom for a post-coital cleanup, it won’t hurt as much! Many women also report that regular orgasm can also aid in the relief of period pains and cramps.
An orgasm can help you to avoid any ‘oops’ moments. Around thirty per cent of women will experience bladder control issues in their lifetime, well fear not, thankfully the orgasm is here to help! A weakened level of bladder control tends to happen when our Pubococcygeus (or PC) muscles weaken. Having an orgasm contracts all those muscles, helping to strengthen them. Think of sex, or masturbation, as a sort of workout for these muscles, and the more you have the better tightened and toned they will be. This will result in better bladder control, and more confidence, all round.
It also counts as exercise, especially if you change position a few times. Add zest to your solo sessions or partnered play by switching things up during. I’s recommend trying three positions at least during your sexual encounter, whether it be with yourself, your partner, or several partners depending on what you’re into. Turn on yourself, and your Fitbit, and see how beneficial your sex session really is!
Orgasms are really good for your heart, plus they can also decrease your risk of having certain health problems, such as suffering a heart attack. Regular climax helps to keep your oestrogen and testosterone levels balanced, as well as to elevate your heart rate, all contributing to a healthier heart.
Other overall benefits include feeling closer and more connected to your partner, and to yourself. Couples that engage in regular sexual activity, that is both mutually beneficial and sexually satisfying, have higher levels of both emotional and physical intimacy. Their levels of trust are also increased, which makes for a happy and healthy relationship, both in and out of the bedroom.
Annabelle Knight is one of the UK’s most popular sex and relationships experts – with a belief in the positivity of good porn and passion for female empowerment, she brings sex and all its joys into the mainstream.