Female masturbation is not generally a subject much discussed or even acknowledged (unlike male masturbation), but there are some excellent health benefits of female masturbation you might like to learn about. And, no matter that we don’t talk about it much – female sexual needs and desires are as equally as important as males’. Never feel guilty, never need a reason, but if you want to feel just a little bit better about it, here are some great health benefits of female masturbation.
1. Stress Relief
One of the best health benefits of female masturbation is that it is a terrific way of relieving stress and tension. And why not? You retreat to your quiet space and for a few minutes (or however long), there’s no-one intruding in your world, no reminders of all those pressures or things that are closing in on you. It’s special time just for yourself.
Female masturbation is also exercise! Orgasm is a real work out for your pelvic floor. During the plateau stage of orgasm as the clitoris engorges due to increased blood pressure, your heart rate and respiration increase. The uterus lifts and contracts, which not only helps sexual satisfaction but strengthens the whole uterine/vaginal muscle area.
3. Sleep Aid
Another of the reasons why female masturbation is healthy is because it can help with sleep. It fights insomnia in a natural way, through tension and hormonal release. In anticipation of sexual climax, the “feel-good” hormone – Dopamine – is released. Then, after climax, oxytocin, the calming hormone, is released along with endorphins which provide that lovely afterglow that can lull you into sleep.
4. Mood Enhancer
Do you need any better reasons women should masturbate other than it makes you feel good? Masturbation is an instant mood enhancer. The hormones that are released before, during and after climax – dopamine and epinephrine – are natural mood-boosters.
5. Cervical Health
It is generally accepted that regular masturbation helps reduce the risk of prostrate cancer in men, and now, similar links are being made between female masturbation and cervical health. Regular female masturbation is healthy because of the muscular function known as “tenting.” During orgasm, the cervix opens and it is this “tenting” that stretches and pulls cervical mucus which has increased in volume and acidity. The acidity is due to an increase in friendly bacteria, and during tenting, the fluid moves from the cervix to the vagina, lubricating it and flushing out any unfriendly bacteria/organisms that can cause infections.
6. General Health
There have been multiple studies linking female masturbation to health issues. A number of studies have shown there are benefits of female masturbation to heart health and also in the risk factor for type-2 diabetes. Women who experience more or regular orgasms have a greater resistance to CHD (coronary heart disease) and a lesser risk of developing type-2 diabetes.
7. Strengthens Relationships
Not everyone is lucky to have a great sex life, and not everyone’s sexual needs are compatible with those of their life partner. Masturbation is an excellent way of ‘supplementing’ your sexual satisfaction. Importantly, it can also serve as a communication aid, opening a dialogue in a relationship where one partner thinks everything is great, not knowing the other is unsatisfied. Letting your partner witness how you masturbate can teach them where they might be getting things “not quite on the button.”
One of the spiritual benefits of female masturbation is that it helps you along the path of self-enlightenment. It’s a small step but knowing you can love and nurture yourself emotionally and sexually is essential to self-awareness.
9. Relieves Cramps
Don't you hate the cramps that accompany your period every month? Well, there's an easy way to get rid of them, and all it takes is a little effort. Masturbation is known to relieve cramps, so you don't have to spend your day suffering.
10. Can Cure a UTI
If you've ever gotten a Urinary Tract Infection, you know how painful and irritating they can be. In order to avoid getting another one, you should do more than drink cranberry juice and pee after intercourse. Masturbation helps flush out bacteria from the cervix, which means you'll lower your chances of getting any UTIs.
11. Boosts Your Immune System
Masturbation does more than lower your risk of getting diabetes and and developing heart problems. It also lowers your risk of getting colds. The more you do it, the lower your chances are of getting sick in any way.
12. Makes Intercourse Better
Practice makes perfect, as they say. Masturbating increases your ability to climax, which is something every girl should be able to do. It's more difficult for women to allow themselves to feel a release than it is for men, which is why it's always good to practice.
13. Eases Menopause Problems
After a woman goes through menopause, her body changes. Masturbation can help prevent narrowing in her lady parts, boosts blood flow, and increases sexual desire.
14. Lets You Learn about Fantasies
You should know yourself better than anybody else does. If you've never really thought about what you're looking for in a partner, masturbation is a great way to find out. It involves a lot of mental images, so you'll learn exactly what you like in a man (or woman).
15. A Safe Euphoria
You don't want to use drugs or alcohol in order to make your body feel good. That's why masturbation is the best way to increase your physical pleasure. It's a safe euphoria that you don't have to feel guilty about indulging in.
16. Importance of Sexual Health
Some women forget to make appointments for the gynecologist, even though it's important to do so. If you're frequently masturbating, then it will remind you of your vagina's importance. When you care about the state it's in, you'll go for checkups more often.
17. No Pregnancies or STDs
If you want to orgasm, but don't want to get pregnant, you don't need a partner. You can pleasure yourself, and it'll feel just as good as it would if you were with another person. It's a great way to stay STD free and avoid babies.
18. Releases Sexual Tension
Everyone knows what attraction feels like. If you can't stand how intense your feelings are for your crush, then masturbation is a great way to relieve the tension you're experiencing. Once you're finished, you'll feel way better.
19. Improves Body Image
You shouldn't be shy about your beautiful body. The more you allow yourself to be naked and bask in sexual pleasure, the better you'll feel about yourself. After a while, you'll start to feel more comfortable with your body, which will end up boosting your self-confidence.
If you thought that it was purely a sexual act, I hope you can now see there are some great health benefits to female masturbation. Do you think female masturbation is largely ignored or a taboo topic?
This article was written in collaboration with Holly Riordan.