For a woman to masturbate, it is seen as desperate for sexual pleasure and/or that they are lonely.
However, that is not the case, because masturbation has its benefits for women. Masturbation is a normal, enjoyable and healthy experience.
It’s time to put the taboo subject of women and masturbation to bed.
Masturbation can benefit your health by helping you sleep, relieving stress and simply being more comfortable with your body.
To add to that, similar to working out or getting a massage, self-stimulation is a great way for you to relax both emotionally and physically. Instead of buying an expensive massage, you can just stay in and give yourself one.
While we are at it, masturbation is great because it helps to keep one happier.
This is because the endorphins dopamine and oxytocin released during an orgasm can improve your mood and create a natural high.
Apart from that, masturbation is a great way to get to learn more about your body as a woman. It is of paramount importance to explore one’s body so that you know how to find pleasure.
This will also help when participating in sexual activities with other people; you will be able to help them navigate how to pleasure you. Once you figure out what you like, you can tell your partner where to touch you.
There’s a reason most of us feel so sleepy after those toe-curling climaxes:
Orgasms physically and emotionally relieve tension and exhaust the body, which allows you to fall asleep quicker.
You can also achieve peaceful sleep with masturbation, because, through it, you release sexual tension from your body.
If you have a uterine contraction while self-stimulating, uterine contraction can help menstrual blood come out faster... theoretically it’s going to help with cramps.
There’s no reason not to masturbate while on your period because it’s never a bad thing and if it seems to help you, then go for it.
Lastly, if you are in a relationship, it is also a great way to spice up your relationship. The more sex you have, the more sex you’ll want to have. It follows that the more you masturbate and become comfortable being sexual with your own body, the more you’ll want to be sexual with your partner.
We know that being self-sexual is going to stimulate the part of the brain that is going to keep your libido alive and well.
So, you are not lonely or miserable. Find how to pleasure yourself and explore your body. This helps to make it easier for yourself.
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