The Benefits of Masturbation
Updated: Nov 18, 2020
Written by: Ashley Paul
Pay no mind to the old-timey myths, misinformation, and long-entrenched socio-cultural stigmas. Scientific research definitively supports the concept that masturbation is common among women of all ages and plays a huge role in sexual development.
The health benefits are diverse and profoundly positive.
Masturbation releases endorphins, which improve general mood and wellbeing.
It can reduce stress and relieve pain while improving sex and sleep quality. Health benefits aside, masturbation feels amazing – which is reason enough to try it.
According to Nan Wise, a cognitive neuroscientist, licensed sex therapist, and bonafide pioneer in her field explains there are pleasure pathways in the brain that are strengthened by masturbating.
Wise has spent years researching and mapping out the pleasure pathways — specifically for women, which had never been attempted.
Her findings indicate that masturbation relieves menstrual cramps, improves sex and sleep, reduces stress, and provides pain relief in a way that is non-destructive to the human body, unlike alcohol or prescription opiates.
Masturbation also aids relationships and marriages. Once you figure out how you like to be touched you can teach your partner — to mutually benefit. Additionally, masturbation reduces sexual reliance on a partner. Sex shouldn’t be a chore and making it into one breeds contempt.
Some women masturbate multiple times per day, while other women do it less frequently or hardly at all.
This is all completely normal.
Every woman’s body has different needs and celebrating that organic diversity is how we can destigmatize female masturbation and combat shame.
Nan Wise says “we become powerful” when we masturbate, “we stand up and say hands off my body, let me put my own hands on my body.”
Your clitoris has 8,000 nerve endings, so charge up the vibrator, dust off the dildo, and get ready to get down with your sultry self!