...In case you needed an excuse.
Despite the stigma around masturbation there are a multitude of health benefits that come (pun intended) with it.
If you needed a reason to justify a good flick of the bean, look no further. Here are 6 unexpected ways masturbating can improve your health.
1. It reduces stress
Flicking the bean into an orgasm can actually release endorphins that have pain killing qualities. Masturbating can boost dopamine levels, resulting in a better mood and lowering stress levels.
2. It relieves menstrual cramps
For similar reasons, masturbating when on your period can release hormones that actively relieve pain. Climaxing increases blood flow and relaxes the uterus, making it the perfect pain killer. Swap your hot water bottle for a vibrator and you’re good to go!
3. It improves sleep
As well as dopamine the big O can increase levels of prolactin and oxytocin, hormones that assist in making you sleepy. Surprisingly having a solo session before bed releases the same feel good endorphins as eating chocolate.
4. It's a natural mood-booster
A healthy bout of menage a moi reduces stress, improves sleep quality and leaves you buzzing with feel good endorphins. Buttering your muffin doesn’t just feel good in the moment, the flow on effects will leave you feeling good long after.
5. It increases concentration
A little cheeky procrasturbation may actually be a good thing. After masturbating, the blood rushes back to your brain, replenishing hormones that assist in focus and concentration. You’ll feel better, more focused and anxiety levels will decrease. It seems like a win-win to me.
6. It'll put the sizzle back into your sex life
Masturbating is a valuable way of exploring your body and learning how to pleasure yourself. Once you figure out what you like, it’s much easier to communicate this with a partner. Opening the lines of communication and teaching your partner how to hit your pleasure points is a sure fire way of heating things up in the bedroom. Your sex life will thank you for flying solo.
*Featured image via instagram @stephanie_sarley