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SEXUAL HEALTH

10 Sweet Reasons to Get It on With Yourself

by M. CHRISTIAN
Published: NOVEMBER 10, 2014 | Updated: FEBRUARY 5, 2021
Presented by SPENCER'S
Explore the health and personal benefits of masturbation.

With all due respect to the legendary Beatles, I’d like to make a slight alteration to the title, and lyrics, of their famous song by adding one simple word: “All you need is self love.”

Because, in the grand scheme of all things sexual, masturbation is not only the safest activity you can engage in, but has loads of other, thoroughly pleasurable benefits to boot!

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The top ten of which I’m going to share with you right now. So buckle up, sit tight—and maybe put on “Come together”—as I delve into ten exciting reasons why self-pleasure is good for you.

#1: Get Those Juices Flowing

Moisture, sure—either be it sweat or other luscious bodily secretions are part of the sexy experience—but for the first of our ten, I want to talk about how masturbation is a sure-fire way to get all kinds of happy-making endorphins flowing.

Partner sex can do this as well, though what makes masturbation extra-good for this is you can slow down, speed up, or change your self-pleasuring however you want—doubly so if you’re using a sex toy like the excellent Oona's Surprise Suction Rechargeable Waterproof Vibrator. Bathtime just got a bit dirtier.

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#2: Masturbating Helps You Sleep

Along with releasing endorphins, a before-bed bout of self-pleasure also helps to wash away stresses and tensions to allow you to get a good night’s rest.

It’s particularly great if you sleep issues that interfere with quickly falling down into the soft cloudy world of Slumberland. So fire up your favorite sex toy and after a good rollicking orgasm, rest easy!

#3: Masturbation Can Boost the Immune System

Just like a bowl of homemade chicken soup, masturbation could help battle all kinds of illnesses. A recent study in Germany compared the levels of T cells (an immunity cell) in 11 men five minute and 45 minutes after orgasm and found that "components of the innate immune system are activated by sexual arousal and orgasm". So while we are big fans of soup, when compared with a little "me-time" well, there's just no comparison.

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#4: Better Than Dinner and a Movie

Masturbation isn’t merely amazing for the wonders it does for your body—and orgasms, mustn’t forget those—as it’s also nicely affordable.

Adding a fun toy like Oona's Thrill Multi-Function Rechargeable Waterproof Rabbit Vibrator to kick the experience up a notch won't set you back as much as date night, with the bonus being it will give you far more than just one night's pleasure.

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#5: Masturbation for Orgasm Control

If you feel you might be cumming a smidge too fast or a tad too slow, then I recommend good-old masturbation as an excellent way to hone your orgasmic skills.

What you want to work on is up to you, but no matter what you want to work on, masturbation allows you to observe your body’s reactions—then, armed with this knowledge, use it to develop all kinds of new sexual techniques.

#6: Self-Knowledge Is a Beautiful Thing

Staying with self-pleasure as a tool to learn about your body and sexuality, it’s equally fantastic as a tool for self-exploration. And a great way to begin this is through trying out whatever activities happen to tickle your fancy.

Curious about anal play? Get ahold of an Oona Cheeky Butt Plug and discover if it’s something you’re gonna want more of. Intrigued by things like cock rings, G-spot stimulating toys, prostate massagers, and the like? There's a sex toy for that!

And as you experiment, no matter if you like something or not, it all gives you one of the most important things anyone can receive: the gift of sexual self-knowledge!

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#7: Masturbation Is Safe(r)

The harsh reality of partner sex is even if everyone involved takes precautions, there’s always the possibility that a sexually transmitted infection (STI) could be transmitted or an unwanted pregnancy can occur.

Not with masturbation!

And its safety doesn’t stop there, as you can also engage in self-pleasure with a partner and (as long as no bodily fluids are exchanged,) everyone can have as much fun as they want at no risk!

#8: More Makes It Better!

There’s more to self-exploration than learning lessons on how you act or react to sexual stimuli—as your body can learn as well!

Consider it like physical training, as the more you put into it the better your body will respond.

So by regularly masturbating, you can get yourself to where it’ll easier, and quicker, to become physiologically aroused—and orgasm!

#9: It’s Empowering

At the core of self-pleasuring, beyond all the reasons I’ve listed here, is it’s all about your needs, your desires, and your pleasures: that you are the center of everything—and with that the power of emotional self-love.

In that, by doing whatever makes you feel good, you acknowledge and supporting the idea that you deserve happiness and as much sexual pleasure as you want.

So love yourself when and however you care to, and while doing it pat yourself on the noggin and say “you deserve this.” Because you absolutely do!

#10: No Reason Not To Masturbate

My final reason to get it on with yourself pretty gosh-darned simple, though I’m sad to say it’s still something that a great number of people still struggle with.

To be clear: there’s nothing—at all, ever—wrong with masturbation, and as long as it doesn’t cause physical harm or interferes with your day-to-day life then please yourself then have as much fun as you want!

Fire up some good porn, make yourself comfortable, charge up your favorite sex toy, apply lube, and get it on with yourself.

Your mind, body, and your self-esteem will thank you for it.

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M. Christian

M.Christian is an author who has been published in science fiction, fantasy, horror, thrillers, and even nonfiction, but it is in erotica that M.Christian has become an acknowledged master, with stories in such anthologies as Best American Erotica, Best Gay Erotica, Best Lesbian Erotica, Best Bisexual Erotica, Best Fetish Erotica, and in fact too many anthologies, magazines, and sites to name. In addition to writing, M.Christian is a respected sex and BDSM educator, having taught classes on everything from polyamory to tit torture for venues such as the SF Citadel, Good Vibrations, COPE (in Columbus, Ohio), Beat Me In St. Louis, Winter Fire, Floating World, Sin In The City (Las Vegas), Dark Odyssey, and many others.

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