Masturbation is a common activity that is natural and safe. It allows you to explore your body and feel the sensual touches that give you pleasure. Excessive masturbation may disrupt your everyday life and your relationships with others. However, this is rarely an issue. When done in moderation, it is actually a fun, healthy and totally normal act to partake in.
Side effects of Masturbation
Many people feel guilty about masturbation because of religious and cultural beliefs. Some were taught from young that masturbation is bad, sinful and should be avoided. For others, they feel guilty due to the lack of information when growing up, no one talked to them about self pleasure or that it is a normal aspect of human sexuality.
Masturbation is neither wrong nor immoral, although you may still hear messages about how self-pleasure is ‘dirty’.
Some people do develop an addiction to masturbation. Signs that you may be spending too much time masturbating if it causes you to:
Suffer in your work or personal life
Feel negative emotions, such as anger, stress or sadness, and your go-to response for comfort is to masturbate
Masturbate even if you do not want to
Find it difficult to stop thinking about masturbation
This addiction can disrupt your life greatly in a negative way. It may hurt your romantic relationships and friendships. If you are worried that you may have an addiction to masturbation, seek out help from a doctor to find ways to cut down on masturbating so that you can lead a happier and healthier life.
Benefits of Masturbation
Masturbation is a healthy sexual activity that is beneficial to your physical and mental well being, among other positive effects. Here are a few ways that show why masturbation is good for you.
Masturbation can help you develop self-awareness, self-love and self-confidence. Humans are incredibly sexual beings yet many people are completely out of touch with their own sexual needs and wants. Masturbation is an amazing confidence booster and good for the soul too. If you think that orgasms are elusive, consider masturbation. Find out what touches, strokes and pressures make you feel good. Get in tune with your own body and find out what exactly you need to reach the point of ultimate bliss. It makes you realize that orgasms are totally accessible as long as you are willing to put yourself through trials and errors, and at the comfort of your own pace with no judgement from others. It can make you feel so much more sexually empowered.
More Pleasurable Partnered Play
If you don’t even know yourself what makes you feel good in bed, it is not realistic to expect your partner to know intuitively what your ‘that’s it’ spots are. We suggest you should explore your own body on your own and get in touch with yourself first. Through masturbation, you can learn exactly what feels good to you sexually and communicate this information to your partner.
Masturbating activates the parts of your brain that are responsible for pleasure such as the hypothalamus and at the same time, decreases the activities in parts of your brain that are responsible for fear and depression. If you have an organsm, this leads to the release of feel good hormones such as dopamine and oxytocin, which contribute to your happiness and mood regulation. These hormones also help you to relieve stress and put you in a more relaxed state of mind. Do not be surprised if you find yourself smiling more!