I had a friend once tell me that her grandmother used to say that touching herself in her "special lady area" would make her hand fall off. My friend's following comment made more sense. "I mean, they should be promoting masturbation, not bashing it. It's not like my fingers are going to get me knocked up!"

Masturbation is one of the greatest recreational tools and the safest form of sex that we can engage in. Anybody with a hand can get down and dirty with themselves. It’s free and it's safe.

In case those aren’t good enough reasons to spend some quality time with yourself right this very second, here are 10 more.

You’ll Get More Intimate With Your Body

When you’re having sexy solo time, you’re interacting with your bod in the most intimate way possible. While masturbating, you’re able to learn what turns you on, pay attention to your body, and create a greater awareness of your own sexual wants and needs. You can teach a future partner to use what you've learned about yourself to get you off in the future.


It'll Improve Your Health and Wellness

Contrary to some beliefs that masturbation is the devil’s work, it’s actually great for your health and wellness. It helps to increase blood circulation. Better blood circulation has great effects for your skin. It also makes the sex organs in both genders a lot more potent.


Masturbation has been proven to relieve stress. It helps women achieve orgasm and also helps to relieve different medical issues with men including premature ejaculation. It’s also an extremely important aspect when it comes to overcoming sexual addiction. (And don't worry about old wive's tales. Read Good News: These Old Myths About Masturbation Aren't True.)

It’s a Cheap Date

Single people (sadly!) do not have sex as readily available as most people in a relationship. Those choices can put your body - and your ego - in jeopardy. So, just hit the sack with your hand.


Make a special night out of it. Rent a movie, cook yourself a gourmet meal or take yourself out to somewhere nice for dinner. Then, when the time is right, you can add a bit of lube - voila! Party time begins.

Masturbation is instant relief for your sexual tension and will it can cause you to become drowsy. The oxytocin and endorphins that are released from masturbation are "lullaby" hormones. That's why it's such a great pastime before you go to bed.

It Beats Boredom

Why don’t you stop twiddling your thumbs or looking up pictures of dancing cats online and do something more productive with your time like get yourself off?


Masturbation is basically the easiest, cheapest, and simplest tool to beat boredom. It also makes for a great story when you do meet someone special. Many partners love the idea of knowing their partners touch themselves. Many also enjoy watching it happen or want to participate in mutual masturbation.

It Increases Your Willpower

Instead of taking any ole person home with you tonight from the bar, just masturbate. It’s been proven to decrease the need for sexual intercourse in both sexes. So, stick to your guns and don’t panic when the bar lights finally come on. You know exactly who you are going home with - yourself. Choosing self-love can also protect you against unwanted pregnancy and STDs.


It Boosts Self-Esteem

Having an orgasm can make you feel incredibly sexy and desirable. It also releases a whole lot of endorphins. Endorphins are your body’s natural version of happy pills.


Feel like you’re walking on clouds all of the time by jerking off some of the time.

It Makes You Last Longer

When you masturbate, your reception to sexual ministrations rises along with your resilience to them. This basically means that you’ll be able to last longer while you’re with your partner because your genitals are used to being aroused for a longer period of time.


It Helps You Have Better Orgasms

When you masturbate, you find out what gets you off. In turn, you can teach your partner what you like in bed.


It's Safe Sex

Scared of sexually transmitted diseases? Not you when you’re using your fingers! Choosing yourself over a stranger zeros out the risk of getting an STD or causing an unwanted pregnancy. You get all of the fun and none of the potential medical problems. It's a win-win!


Just Because

There’s always a good time and reason to masturbate. Is it Tuesday? Go ahead, masturbate! Did you get a promotion at work? Masturbate! You never need an excuse to feel good.