Male masturbation is an inherent part of what it is to be a man. The self-stimulation of the genital organs starts from a very young age and continues throughout a man’s life. At first, it’s just a process of curious self-exploration, but later on in life it becomes a sexual practice that helps us to get to know and control our sexual function.
For centuries, masturbation has been considered shameful and stigmatized. These days, however, we know that masturbation, just like having sex with a partner, offers numerous health benefits, both physical and mental. Here are 7 benefits of male masturbation and how it improves your life.
1. It improves your mood
Male masturbation stimulates the secretion of the so-called happiness hormones, which influence our health and mood. Endorphins are the most important natural chemicals of all, as they’re actually responsible for making us feel happier. The self-stimulation of the genital organs releases endorphins in the brain, which is responsible for regulating our moods. It also releases oxytocin, better known as the love hormone, whose main effect is to create or strengthen bonds of proximity and closeness between people. Finally, we have dopamine, which is responsible for motivation and pleasure.
2. It reduces the risk of prostate cancer
Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer in men. According to a study published by the scientific journal European Urology, conducted by researchers from Harvard University, masturbating for at least 21 days in every month reduces the risk of prostate cancer by up to 33%.
3. It helps you to get over to sleep
Another benefit of male masturbation is that it helps you to get over to sleep. Ejaculation releases an array of hormones, catecholamines, and cytokines, which act as natural chemical relaxants that help to induce sleep. In addition to this, masturbating before going to bed lowers blood pressure and relieves body tension, which helps you to get over to sleep quicker and ends those sleepless nights.
4. It strengthens the immune system
According to an article published in Sexual and Relationship Therapy, masturbating can help your immune system to function better due to an increase in white blood cells. White blood cells are an essential part of the human body’s immune system and help to fight infections and other diseases.
5. It helps fertility
Despite what most people think (or have been told) masturbation doesn’t affect semen quality. In fact, several pieces of research have indicated that men actually improve the quality and motility of their sperm when they practice masturbation, thus helping their fertility levels. This is due to the fact that ejaculation releases residual sperm, meaning that younger and healthier sperm are released during intercourse.
6. It helps to combat premature ejaculation
Premature ejaculation is the most widespread sexual dysfunction among men. In Spain alone, 3,300,000 men currently suffer from premature ejaculation. However, masturbation really can help to combat premature ejaculation and ensure that sexual intercourse lasts longer. This is because self-stimulation of the genital organs helps to improve ejaculation and makes you last longer in bed.
7. It strengthens the pelvic floor muscles
The pelvic floor (a group of muscles and ligaments attached to your pubic bone and tail bone) is a great mystery as far as most men are concerned. However, the strengthening of this muscle is essential, especially as a prevention of possible dysfunctions that may develop over the years due to its weakening. Regular masturbation helps strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, preventing erectile dysfunction and incontinence.
Author: Anel Martínez (Sexual Coach at MYHIXEL)
Sexologist specializing in sex therapy and sex education, mental health and human behavior.
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