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.
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