We write about masturbation a lot here at Gurl. But while we’ve written posts about our favorite masturbation scenes, reasons why you should masturbate more and how some girls are afraid to masturbate, we’ve never actually shown you guys a bunch of facts about masturbation. And, believe me, there are more than you would think.
You may think of masturbation as just a way to feel good or waste time when you’re bored, but it’s more than that. Masturbating actually comes with some pretty sweet health benefits, as well as some other awesome benefits. Want to know more about everyone’s favorite pastime? Read on to check out these 10 crazy and interesting facts about masturbation:
Masturbating Can Ease PainOrgasms are actually a natural pain killer. Bringing yourself to orgasm can help relieve menstrual cramps and backaches from having your period. So the next time you're feeling the effects of PMS, try doing it solo for a little bit. Source: ShutterStock
Kids Can - And Do - MasturbateMasturbation isn't just for horny teens and adults - kids can also indulge in a little self-pleasure (which honestly sounds so weird I can't even believe I just wrote it). Apparently, even babies can learn that touching themselves down there can feel good. Although it may be uncomfortable to talk about, it's perfectly normal and healthy for kids of any age to explore. Source: ShutterStock
Masturbation Can Keep You HealthyNot only can the orgasms resulting from masturbation help get rid of pain, but masturbation itself can help keep you healthy. It can help build up a resistance to annoying yeast infections. Some research even says that orgasms can help to prevent endometriosis, which is a pretty serious disease of the uterine lining that can lead to infertility. Source: ShutterStock
Single People Probably Masturbate Less Than People In RelationshipsYou might think that people who don't have sex on a regular basis masturbate the most - after all, that would make sense, right? But you would be wrong. People who have sex on the regular (generally people in relationships) masturbate more than those who aren't always hooking up (generally single people). This is because masturbation makes you more open to sex, which means you have more sex. Get it? Source: ShutterStock
Masturbation Can Get Rid Of InsomniaHaving trouble sleeping? Try getting down and dirty with yourself. You'll feel sleepy after you masturbate because it relaxes you. Beat insomnia by masturbating! Doesn't sound too bad, right? Source: ShutterStock
The Majority Of Masturbation Myths Aren't True...There are a lot of masturbation myths out there and the majority of them are not true. You may have heard that masturbating can lead to blindness, infertility and a decrease in libido. You also may have heard that masturbating make it more difficult for women to get pregnant and guys to produce sperm. None of this stuff is true. Masturbation is great and it's good for you and it's not going to make you blind. That's just silly. Source: ShutterStock
Masturbating Might Cause Yeast InfectionsRemember how I said masturbation is healthy and can help you build up a resistance to yeast infections? That's all true, but research has also found that in some cases masturbation can actually cause yeast infections. This can happen if you use your saliva down there - like, if you lick your finger and then put it down there to create your own lube. The saliva messes with your bacteria down there and all that. If you need something extra, go buy some lube. Source: ShutterStock
Women Can Orgasm Without Touching ThemselvesHere is a seriously awesome fact about women: we can bring ourselves to orgasm without even touching ourselves! Basically this means that we can use "thought masturbation" (I just made this term up) and orgasm just from thinking about sexy stuff. Crazy, right? I think you would need to be thinking some pretty intense thoughts, but think of this as a huge advantage we have over dudes. Go us! Source: ShutterStock
Masturbation Can Make Sex Even BetterRemember how I said there are a bunch of myths about masturbating that aren't true? One of those myths is that masturbating too much can ruin your sex life. That's actually completely false - masturbating frequently can help make your sex life better. That's because you learn exactly what you like and how to get yourself off. It also, like I said before, opens you up sexually. So go masturbate! Your partner will thank you. Source: ShutterStock
Solo Sex Helps With StressAnd remember how I also said that masturbation helps you sleep better? That's because, like I already mentioned, it relaxes you. Therefore, masturbating can help relieve stress. So the next time you're cramming for a final and freaking out over your potential grade, take a break for some very special you time and prepare to relax and feel better. Source: ShutterStock
Did you know any of these facts already? Why do you love masturbation? What other facts do you want to know? What did I miss? Tell me in the comments!