Self love is self care!

Looking for some ways to participate in self-care? Feeling unsure about what you might like or dislike when it comes to sex or your sexuality?

Getting to know your body through self-exploration and self-love (otherwise known as masturbation)  in a private setting is a normal part of adolescent and human development.

If someone wants to use masturbation as a form of self-care, there are some benefits to keep in mind!

  • Relieves Stress & Tension
    Research suggests orgasms increase endorphins just like when you exercise. Endorphins are responsible for that happy feeling and trigger a positive feeling in the body.
  • Relieves Menstrual Cramps
    The answer to your terrible cramps every month was there all along. It’s been shown that the strength and intensity of an orgasm can relieve cramps!
  • Reduces Risk of Prostate Cancer
    Research suggests that men who ejaculate at least monthly may be less likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer later in life. Safe sexual activity could be good for prostate health.
  • Improves Overall Self-esteem
    This simple act of taking responsibility for your sexual needs is bound to improve sexual self-esteem and self-confidence. Who knows your body better than you? Light some candles and draw yourself a nice bath, make it a night to yourself.

Learn more about self-love and other ways to have healthy relationships at And remember, if you choose to have sex with another person, condoms can help protect against pregnancy and STDs!

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