7 Ways Sex With Yourself Is Good for Your Health

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It may cause blindness, but it will cure cancer. Two scientists in Australia have been busy studying all the health benefits of self-pleasure, and the results show that it’s quite possible that teenage boys are the healthiest humans on the planet.

According to Anthony Santella, a public health scientist at the University of Sydney, and his colleague Spring Chenoa Cooper, a senior lecturer, masturbation “can ward off a host of illnesses, from cystitis, diabetes to prostate cancer.”

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Don’t worry ladies, there are distinct advantages for you too when it comes to flying solo, since orgasms help prevent cervical infections and urinary tract infections by increasing fluid circulation in the cervix. Increased fluids, more bacteria flushed out, healthier girly bits!

The duo also claims that tending to yourself can “lower the risk of type-2 diabetes (though this association may also be explained by greater overall health), reduce insomnia through hormonal and tension release, and increase pelvic floor strength through the contractions that happen during orgasm.”

Studies have also shown that men that have sex regularly have a lower risk for prostate cancer, so the sex scientists say that the same effect can be achieved with a tube sock as with another person. A release is a release, right?

Masturbation may also prevent depression by releasing endorphins and spiking cortisol levels. This is turn may also boost the immune system.

Holy moly! Who knew that taking care of business could make you so healthy? Let’s see, we’re preventing UTIs, diabetes, cervical infections, prostate cancer, insomnia, depression, and basically everything else because we’re increasing our immunity too.

That’s seven ways masturbation is good for your health. You’re welcome, Internet.

Do you think masturbation is healthy -- either physically or psychologically?


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Robin Hartman

Woo Hoo, I'm super healthy! I've always thought it was healthy both psychologically and physically.

mseelen mseelen

I think I need to go"take my medicine".

nonmember avatar Lisa

Masturbation is sick and dirty

nonmember avatar amanda

Lisa, then I think you're doing it wrong.

Jan Marie Marcotte

Lisa, I have to agree with Amanda, I really think you are doing it wrong. You just need to wash you hand afterward and I have never gotten sick......

nonmember avatar Cassi

I'm a very sexual lady:) The fact is we all are doing it for the orgasms. The relief of tension between orgasms is unbelievable for the people who truly know what they are doing. I'd rather reach my climaxe with my husband, but there's times when it's not possible and I'll fulfill my wants by myself with my lube and toys:) @Liza you should invest in a dildo you can shower with preferably one you can stick to shower wall and work it with it behind you and gently rub your clitoris you'll exsplode if you're mind is focused on orgasms not on how dirty it is your in the shower or how others would think if they knew what you do. Truth is way more people do it then you'll ever know.

nonmember avatar Carla

Yes and yes it's healthy both physically and psychologically. I'd do it all the time if it didn't make my boyfriend unhappy.

Troy Plowman

Certainly fits the description of "safe sex" (no risk of STDs)
No risk of rejection.
You receive the touch and stimulation you crave without having to give instructions (nor endure misguided attempts)
You can start and stop when you want.
You learn what your body really enjoys and doesn't like.
It connects you with your sensual and sexual self, enabling you to be a more passionate partner when you have partner sex.

Natalie Voytek

Sick and dirty??? Are you one of those "missionary only, nighttime only, lights off only, in a bed only, penis touch vagina only, no looking at all" people? 

BGarcel BGarcel

I think its very healthy both psychologically and physically.

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