Why Prioritizing Sexual Wellness is an Essential Part of Your Self-Care

Why Prioritizing Sexual Wellness is an Essential Part of Your Self-Care

Even though it’s 2022, sexual pleasure (especially female sexual pleasure) is still a taboo topic.

 

While we’re becoming more sex-positive as a society, with lots ofwomen beginning to prioritize their sexual pleasure through masturbation, it’s still a subject that makes many feel uncomfortable – whether taking part in the act, or just talking about it.

 

In fact, a 2016 study from the Journal of Sex Research found that almost 15% of women had never masturbated, while another survey found that only 1 in 4 women masturbate regularly.

 

Despite these statistics, masturbation has been proven to provide a host of mental and physical benefits – and can even enhance your relationships.

 

With this in mind, here are the top 5 reasons why taking charge of your sexual pleasure is essential for your self-care.

 

It’s a natural mood booster.

 

While masturbating – and particularly during climax – a number of mood-boosting hormones are released, including serotonin (nicknamed ‘the feel-good hormone’), oxytocin and endorphins.

 

Regular stimulation of the release of these hormones is good for our mental health, by helping us to maintain a balanced, happy mood.

 

It can help to relieve stress.

 

The hormones that boost our mood during masturbation can also help to relieve our stress – particularly serotonin, which promotes feelings of calmness and reduces anxiety.

 

More than this, simply taking the time out of your day and giving yourself permission to experience pleasure in a healthy way, is a great way to switch off and free your mind from the worries of the day.

 

It can aid with pain management.

 

Endorphins released during self-pleasure are known to reduce feelings of pain.

 

Masturbation is especially effective at reducing period pain because, in addition to the impact that endorphins has, the increased blood flow to this area during orgasm is thought to reduce cramping pain.

 

It can take the pressure off your sex life.

 

When we don’t masturbate, all of our expectations for pleasure rest on our sexual partner, who we expect to bring us to climax. Ironically, this pressure can actually make it more difficult to enjoy – and accomplish orgasm during – sex.

 

More than this, exploring your own pleasure helps you to understand what feels best for you – and you can guide sexual partners accordingly to have even better sex.

 

For both of these reasons, regular masturbation can help to take the pressure off your sex life and can even help to improve it.

 

It boosts confidence and self-esteem.

 

Getting to know your own body, learning how to please yourself and knowing that you don’t need to depend on anyone else to give you pleasure is a huge self-esteem boost.

 

Not only does this improve your confidence in the bedroom, but this can carry into many other aspects of your life, as you claim your independence through self-pleasure.

 

 

 

So, even if you haven’t found what works for you best yet, it’s worth taking the time to explore different techniques, toys and atmospheric aids to help you make the most of your masturbation and access the benefits self-pleasure has to offer.

 

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