Experts from Queensland Health want to break the taboo and hush-hush culture around self-pleasure and have decided to use their social media accounts for this purpose.
In a Facebook post, the institute decided to give some advice to their followers about how masturbation can be useful for one’s health. Loaded with multi-coloured infographics, the post began with a pun-based statement saying, “Give yourself a hand”.
The study’s lead author, Prof Juliet Richters, said the sex differences in masturbation prevalence and frequency were consistent across many studies.
The research found masturbation was relatively uncommon among younger women, a “disappointing” finding “as it is generally agreed to have benefits for women in learning about their own bodies and negotiating more rewarding sexual practice with partners.”
The whole Judeo Christian obsession with sex and masturbation is both crazy and unhealthy.
This teaching and thinking has disturbed the sanity and peace of mind for many, many millions of people down the ages.
Sexual arousal and sexual relief are absolutely normal and indeed are a vital part of how our human bodies work.
THE SCIENTIFIC BENEFITS OF MASTURBATION
Gloria Brame, Ph.D., a clinical sexologist, believes masturbation should become a regular part of your personal care routine, kind of like brushing your teeth. “Masturbation is part of a healthy sex life,” Brame says. “It’s totally safe and harmless.”
1) It can help lower your prostate cancer risk.
A 2004 study found that men who ejaculated more than 21 times a month reduced their risk of prostate cancer by roughly 33 percent, compared to guys who only did the deed four to seven times a month. In 2016, researchers followed up with that same group of guys from 2004 and found that those who ejaculated 8 to 12 times per month reduced their prostate cancer risk by 10 percent.
2) It makes you harder.
As you age, you naturally lose muscle tone—yup, even down there. Regular sex or masturbation works out your pelvic floor muscles to prevent erectile dysfunction and incontinence.
3) It helps you last longer during sex.
Sometimes, guys don’t last long in bed simply because they haven’t had enough practice, either with a partner or solo. Regularly taking yourself to palm prom may help extend your sack sessions. “[Masturbating] an hour before a date will give you more control,” said Brame.
4) It boosts immunity.
Ejaculation increases levels of the hormone cortisol, according to Jennifer Landa, M.D., a specialist in hormone therapy. Cortisol, which usually gets a bad rap as a havoc-wrecking stress hormone, actually helps regulate and maintain your immune system in small doses.
“Masturbation can produce the right environment for a strengthened immune system,” she said.
Plus, a very small study from 2004 showed that guys had more white blood cells 45 minutes after they had a solo orgasm.
5) It boosts your mood.
Masturbating releases a slew of feel-good neurochemicals like dopamine and oxytocin that lift your spirits, boost your satisfaction, and activate the reward circuits in your brain.
“An orgasm is the biggest non-drug blast of dopamine available,” said Brame.
6) It can help you fall asleep.
There are many things you can do to improve the quality of your sleep, from losing weight to eating certain kinds of food (hello, turkey and cheddar cheese). Masturbation can also help: having an orgasm releases chemicals like prolactin, serotonin, and oxytocin into the brain, all of which have been linked to feelings of happiness and relaxation. So if you find that you’re tossing and turning at night, paying a lil’ visit to Pornhub might be worth a shot.
7) It can increase your lifespan.
Yup, really: according to a Welsh study of 1000 men over the course of 20 years, the men who had two or more orgasms per week died at half the rate of men who had less than that number of orgasm per month.
8) It can improve your skin.
Orgasm causes increased blood flow to the skin, which makes your blood vessels open up; for some people, this can result in slightly rosy cheeks, or what’s better known as the post-sex glow. What’s even better? The oxytocin that’s released with orgasm can reduce inflammation, making zits and rashes less noticeable.
9) It helps you get to know your own body better.
Sure, you might think that you’re pretty well-acquainted with your body, particularly if you started masturbating at a younger age. But it’s always helpful to try new things and give yourself a refresher course in what your penis likes — and what it doesn’t. (If you want tips, check out these male masturbation techniques.)
10) It improves heart health.
Contrary to popular belief that rigorous sex can up your risk of a heart attack or stroke, regular orgasms can actually help protect you against cardiovascular disease. A report from the Massachusetts Aging Study found that men who had sex once a month or less were 45% more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than men who had two or more orgasms per week. So if you cancel plans with friends to stay home and M-bate, just tell them it’s for your own health. Hey, you won’t be lying.