We all know masturbation feels good. Practically everyone does it. Hell, even animals practice self-pleasure.1 But, what you might not know is all of the benefits masturbation can have on your day-to-day life.
In 2018, TENGA Co. Ltd. (a sexual health and wellness company) collected data from more than 13,000 respondents aged 18-74 across 18 countries – making it the largest survey on masturbation in the world.2
So, what did they find?
- 92% of American men masturbate
- 78% of adults (men and women) masturbate worldwide
- 57% of younger Millennials (18-24) masturbate weekly
It turns out lots of people are getting health benefits through orgasm-fueled self-pleasure. So, the next time someone tells you that you masturbate too much, feel free to spout some of the health benefits they’re missing out on by not masturbating enough.
What’s the Sweet Spot for Masturbation?
Regular orgasms (whether via sex or masturbation) are a good thing. But what’s “regular” for one guy might be entirely different for someone else. Some guys masturbate multiple times per day, while others only find time to masturbate several times per month.
Don’t judge yourself too harshly if you don’t fall into certain parameters. Masturbation only becomes a problem if it gets in the way of your job, responsibilities, or your social life. If you’re all good on those fronts, feel free to orgasm at will.
9 Health Benefits of Masturbation
There are tons of benefits associated with masturbation. And while self-pleasure can have a positive impact on numerous aspects of your life, we’re going to stick with the health benefits that come with masturbation. Let’s take a look.
#1 – Blast Your Brain with Dopamine
Arousal, prior to and during an orgasm, releases brain-healthy neurochemicals like dopamine. Dopamine is a “reward” pathway within our brain. It’s critical for stimulating pleasure and regulating our mood.
Our bodies literally crave dopamine. So much so that virtually all drugs of abuse (opiates, alcohol, and nicotine, among others) are designed to increase dopaminergic transmission.3 Dopamine is released when we do things that we enjoy.
But during an orgasm, your brain releases a surge of dopamine unlike any other. In fact, an orgasm is considered to be the biggest non-drug blast of dopamine available. This flood of dopamine causes an immediate euphoria burst. The long-term effects of dopamine help support our mood.
#2 – Lower Risk for Prostate Cancer
You might be surprised to learn that there’s a link between prostate cancer and ejaculation frequency. Prostate cancer is one of the leading causes of death in men. The prostate is a reproductive organ that produces fluid for the ejaculate.
Studies from The Harvard Medical School showed that men with “high frequency of ejaculation” early on in adulthood were less at risk for prostate cancer later in life.4 While more research needs to be done, there’s no harm in developing and maturing your prostate through masturbation.
#3 – Improve Sleep Quality
We already know that masturbation can help reduce stress. But having a climax can help you sleep, too. An orgasm releases endorphins that give your body a natural “high”. Aside from helping you fall asleep more quickly, masturbation can help you have a more restful sleep as well.
You’re more likely to have uninterrupted sleep on nights that you masturbate compared to nights that you don’t. During deep sleep, the body is able to repair and restore itself, leading to better physical and mental health. You can wake up more rested, feel rejuvenated, and ready to start your day on the right foot after an evening of masturbation.5
There’s good news for men with insomnia, too. The endorphins you get from a climax will help reduce feelings of stress and anxiousness – two major contributors to sleepless nights.
Unlike potentially harmful medications, masturbation has no downsides. It’s a safe alternative to sleep aids. It’s a win-win!
#4 – Give Your Immune System a Boost
Orgasms (alone or with a partner) release a chemical called cortisol.6 Cortisol is directly related to immune system response. While you don’t want too much cortisol in your system, the amount that comes from an orgasm could be just what you need to give your system a boost.
Physiologic amounts of cortisol are necessary for the development and maintenance of immunity.7 Additionally, cortisol is a well-known anti-inflammatory agent preventing widespread tissue and nerve damage.
#5 – Prevent Future Erectile Difficulties
Think of regular masturbation as a workout for your pelvic floor muscles. As we get older, these muscles are one of the first things to take a hit. Unfortunately, age-related muscle decline (sarcopenia) can negatively impact all areas of the body – including below the belt.
Sarcopenia is directly associated with severe erectile difficulties.8 There is good news, though! Masturbation can help. When practiced regularly, masturbation can help strengthen pelvic floor muscles now and in the future – thus preventing erection difficulties later in life.
#6 – Boost Heart Health
Regular orgasms have been shown to help improve cardiovascular health.9 According to a recent study done by The Harvard Medical School, sex may be a good form of exercise. Let’s take a look at what they found.
Thirty-two individuals (13 women/19 men) with an average age of 55 were monitored in two locations: walking on a treadmill in a lab and during private sexual activity at home. Heart rate and blood pressure were taken before and after each activity.
All in all, sexual activity ranked as mild to moderate in terms of exercise intensity. Still, sex is a form of exercise that helps strengthen your heart, lower your blood pressure, reduce stress, and improve sleep.
Orgasms alone can help increase the circulation of blood flow throughout the body. For this reason, masturbation is unlikely to raise your blood pressure to a dangerous level, even if you have high blood pressure.10
#7 – Last Longer During Sex
Masturbation is said to help a man last longer when the time comes to get in between the sheets with his partner. Because you’ve already climaxed, you’ll be calmer, more relaxed, and at one with your body. All of which helps you last longer during sex.
In addition to feeling more comfortable in your own skin, an orgasm can increase your refractory period (the amount of time it takes to be able to go again). A sexual response cycle goes like this: excitement, plateau, orgasm, and resolution.
The resolution step is when your refractory period begins. Masturbating an hour before sex can help you last longer when you’re ready for sex again.
#8 – Reduce Minor Aches & Pains
That’s right – masturbation can help reduce pain. During climax, our bodies release endorphins and other chemicals that are known pain-relievers. These pain-reducing hormones have been shown to aid in back and leg pain, menstrual cramps, and arthritis.
Have a headache after a long day at work? Try masturbating. Is your back killing you after sitting at a desk all day? Masturbate! Did you hit the gym a little too hard? Masturbation might just be the key to helping you recover.
Masturbating can be a great tool for eliminating regular aches and pains. It’s a safe and effective alternative for men (and women) looking to avoid the pharmacy.
#9 – Extend Your Lifespan
Masturbation can help extend your lifespan? Yep! More and more scientists are pushing the idea that more sex equates to a longer life. The benefits between orgasms and our longevity have been tracked for years.
Dr. Roizen from the Wellness Institute at the Cleveland Clinic has been studying sex for a long time. He says when it comes to orgasms, “For men, the more the better.” One of his studies showed that men who masturbated 350 times per year lived an average of 4 years longer than men who masturbated a quarter of that amount.
Roizen noted that self-pleasuring with 700 orgasms a year could add up to eight years to your life. Of course, there are conflicting theories regarding the correlation between masturbation and how long we’ll live. But Roizen has some interesting theories that are seemingly backed by real-world data.
Take Your Orgasms to the Next Level
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