Feeling unsure about what you might like or dislike when it comes to sex or your sexuality? What better way to learn what YOU like than self-exploration— in the form of masturbation!
We’ve heard the myths—“just for guys,” “too much masturbation is bad,” “masturbation causes STDs.”There are also the judgmental thoughts—“gross,” “dirty,” “not lady like,” associated with the word “masturbation.”
The truth is, masturbation is totally normal and can be a healthy way to experience self-love and pleasure, and understand your personal preferences and likes and dislikes. Getting to know your body through self-exploration and self-love in a private setting is a normal part of adolescent and human development. It could be a good way to release stress and tension without risk of pregnancy or STD’s. Teens who masturbate are normal and those who do not masturbate are normal as well.
Some positives to think about the next time you have an intimate moment with the good old “Me, Myself, and I.”
Relieves Stress & Tension
Research suggests orgasms increase endorphins. The very same endorphins that are released during 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.
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