Making the Most Out of Your Alone Time: The Pros and Cons of Masturbation

Masturbation is one amazing way to show love to our bodies. After all, our bodies need to be loved too. Read all about the pros and cons of masturbation here.

The body we have is the body we should love, and part of loving our bodies is taking care of it and exploring ways to get to know it better. This is where masturbation comes in.

Masturbation helps release happy hormones

Behind an active and happy person is successful masturbation. A lot of people don’t know that masturbating promotes the production of happy hormones namely; oxytocin, dopamine, and endorphins. This results in improved mood, appetite, and stamina.

Masturbation helps develop body positivity

The idea of masturbating can make others feel guilty and conscious of their bodies, and that’s valid. Getting to know how our body works and accepting that masturbation is just a normal thing to do takes time. One of the pros of masturbating is developing body positivity especially when you are able to grasp that there is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of.

Masturbation is one of the keys to a good night’s sleep

Whether you’re having a hard time sleeping or simply want to end the day with a bang, all you have to do is masturbate. The best way to set the mood is by dimming or turning of the lights, having your favorite erotica to watch or read by your side, and having wipes or tissue ready when you have to clean up.

Before we talk about the cons of masturbation, here are a few tips to help you enjoy your alone time.

  • Give lube a try; friction is the enemy of masturbation
  • Try exploring other ways to stimulate your mood
  • Read about sex toys and consider incorporating them in your routine

Now that we’ve talked about the pros, here are the cons of masturbation.

Masturbation has a risk of developing into addiction

If you become too dependent on things that make you orgasm such as porn, it can develop into an addiction which is never a good thing. This is because it can cause you to not enjoy sex anymore when the time comes. Just like doing anything else, masturbate in moderation.

Masturbation can cause feelings of shame and guilt

Since masturbation is a taboo topic, doing the deed can feel shameful to do for some people. Depending on the values ingrained and how masturbating is portrayed as, it can make them feel as if they did something bad. But it is important to keep in mind that it is only normal is one of the best ways to get to know your body better.

There is still a long way to go in terms of normalizing masturbation, but baby steps are the most powerful ones. Towards the journey to removing the stigma surrounding masturbating, it’s important to practice acceptance and patience with yourself and your body.

by Anna Luna

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