The Sexy Way to Get Healthier and Happier

The Health Benefits of Masturbation

 

By Robin Westen

There are times when you’re just in the mood to take pleasure into your own hands and masturbate. Well, you go, girl! You’ll not only have fun but experience these health benefits:

Prevents cervical infections and relieves UTIs:When women masturbate, the orgasm “tents” or opens your cervix. This stretches and pulls the mucous within the cervix, allowing for a rise in acidity in the cervical fluid. This increases “friendly” bacteria and allows more fluid to move from the cervix into the vagina. When “old” fluid moves from the tented cervix, it not only lubricates the vagina, but also flushes out unfriendly organisms that can cause infections.

Bumps up cardiovascular health: A number of studies show that women who experience more orgasms, and overall greater frequency and satisfaction with sex (whether with a partner or not) have greater resistance to coronary heart disease (CHD) and type-2 diabetes.

Helps you sleep better:After a climax, the calming hormones oxytocin and endorphins are released, making for the warm afterglow that helps us fall asleep and catch extra zzzz’s.

Increases pelvic floor strength: In the “plateau” stage of orgasm, the pelvic floor gets a real workout. The clitoris surges with increased blood pressure. Muscle tone, heart rate, and respirations also increase. The uterus “lifts” off the pelvic floor, increasing pelvic muscle tension and strengthening the entire region.

Lightens mood: As we become aroused the hormone levels of dopamine and epinephrine soar in our bodies. Both of these hormones are mood-boosters. Relieves stress: When we masturbate, we’re taking time for ourselves amidst the demands of home, family, and work. Think of it as a mini-vacation. Builds confidence:When we know, love, and nurture ourselves on emotional and physical levels, we grow through self-awareness. Being able to recognize and experience what brings pleasure is a powerful step toward feeling good about ourselves. Robin Westen is ThirdAge's Medical Director. Check for her daily updates. Her latest book, co-authored with Dr. Alyssa Dweck, is "V is for Vagina."  
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