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Masturbation actually has health benefits

Masturbation – are you doing it  ?

According to a nationally representative US sample, 94% of men admit to masturbating, as do 85% of women. But societal perspectives of masturbation still vary greatly, and there’s even some stigma around engaging in the act.

Related to this stigma are the many myths about masturbation, myths so ridiculous it’s a wonder anyone believes them. They include: masturbation causes blindness and insanity; masturbation can make sexual organs fall off; and masturbation causes infertility. In actual fact, masturbation has many health benefits.

Good for  women!

It can help prevent cervical infections and urinary tract infections through the process of “tenting,” or the opening of the cervix that occurs as part of the arousal process. Tenting stretches the cervix, and thus the cervical mucous. This enables fluid circulation, allowing cervical fluids full of bacteria to be flushed out.

Masturbation can lower risk of type-2 diabetes (though this association may also be explained by greater overall health), reduce insomnia through hormonal and tension release, and increase pelvic floor strength through the contractions that happen during orgasm.

Good for men!

Studies has shown that masturbating  helps reduce risk of prostate cancer. This is  probably by giving the prostate a chance to flush out potential cancer-causing agents. It  also improves immune functioning by increasing cortisol levels, which can regulate immune functioning in small doses and, it is reducing depression by increasing the amount of endorphins in the bloodstream.

And there are plenty of additional benefits.  From orgasms generally, including reduced stress, reduced blood pressure, increased self-esteem.  And reduced pain.