Most of us have done it while growing up. Most women over 18 years old have done it at least once. So, why is female masturbation still a taboo? We believe one of the best ways to shake a taboo is knowledge; so here are a few things you should know about masturbation.
Fact #1: Masturbation's side effects
Many people think that masturbation might have side effects, but actually there are no physically harmful effects. In fact, masturbation has a series of benefits: reduce stress, release tension, enhance sleep quality, boost concentration, elevate your mood, relieve menstrual cramps, alleviate pain, and improve partnered sex.
Fact #2: Feeling guilty
Some may feel guilty about masturbating or have issues with chronic masturbation. The guilt, most of the time, originates from cultural, spiritual, or religious beliefs. One thing to keep in mind is that masturbation is something natural that provides pleasure and knowledge about your own body.
Fact #3: Addiction
Some people can develop an addiction to masturbation. It’s okay to have a high drive to masturbate, but it becomes a problem when you are skipping your daily activities, missing work or school, canceling plans with friends and family, or missing important social events to masturbation. The bottom line is if you want to stop doing it but can’t, then you’re probably dealing with an addiction.
Masturbation addiction can be treated by attending sex addict anonymous groups, accessing self-help, or going to group therapy.
Fact #4: Benefits of sexual stimulation
Masturbation is a healthy sexual activity that brings a better understanding and connection to our own bodies. Masturbation benefits your mental and physical health. Studies suggest that sexual stimulation, aka masturbation or partnered sex, may help you relieve built-up stress, sleep better, boost your mood, relax, feel pleasure, relieve cramps, release sexual tension, have better sex, and better understand your wants and needs.
Fact #5: Relieve tension during pregnancy
Masturbation is a safe way to release sexual tension during pregnancy. Self-pleasure may also help ease pregnancy symptoms, such as lower back pain. You may feel mild, irregular cramping, or Braxton-Hicks contractions, during and after orgasm, but they should fade away right after.
If the contractions don’t disappear and become more painful and frequent, contact your doctor right away. Masturbation may not be safe for women with high-risk pregnancies. This is because an orgasm can increase your chances of labor.
Does masturbation cause a decrease in sexual sensitivity? The answer is no. Some studies made in 2009 have shown that vibrator use among women and men has been linked to an increase in desire, arousal, and overall sexual function. Women reported an increase in lubrication, while men reported better erectile function.
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