Health Benefits of Female Masturbation

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Generally speaking, women have been socialized to believe our sexual needs and desires are less important than those of our partners. It is in our physical and emotional best interest to give our own needs and desires a seat at the table. Because of cultural taboos, many women feel that the urge to masturbate is somehow wrong, or they feel guilt or shame. There is enormous potential for healing through honoring our sexuality, expressing it, and experiencing it with joy.

Female masturbation involves the stroking or rubbing of a woman’s vulva, especially her clitoris, with an index or middle fingers, or both. Sometimes one or more fingers may be inserted into the vagina to stroke its frontal wall where the G-spot may be located. Masturbation aids such as a vibrator, dildo or Ben Wa balls can also be used to stimulate the vagina and clitoris. Many women caress their breasts or stimulate a nipple with the free hand and anal stimulation is also enjoyed by some. Lubrication is sometimes used during masturbation, especially when penetration is involved, but this is not universal and many women find their natural lubrication sufficient.

Common positions include lying on back or face down, sitting, squatting, kneeling or standing. In a bath or shower a female may direct tap water at her clitoris and vulva. Lying face down one may use the hands, one may straddle a pillow, the corner or edge of the bed, a partner’s leg or some scrunched-up clothing and “hump” the vulva and clitoris against it. Standing up, a chair, the corner of an item of furniture, or even a washing machine can be used to stimulate the clitoris through the labia and clothing. Some masturbate only using pressure applied to the clitoris without direct contact, for example by pressing the palm or ball of the hand against underwear or other clothing.

Benefits of vaginal stimulation and masturbation

The reality is that women who “self-cultivate” experience a wide range of health benefits, and here are just a few:

    • Masturbation helps prevent cervical infections and helps relieve urinary tract infections. While it’s general knowledge that regular masturbation can reduce the risk of prostate cancer in men, studies are showing that female masturbation can also provide protection against cervical infections because when women masturbate, the orgasm “tents” or opens the cervix.In her book Sex: A Natural History, Joann Ellison Rodgers describes how the process of tenting stretches and pulls the mucous within the cervix, allowing for a rise in acidity in the cervical fluid. This increases “friendly” bacteria and allows more fluid to move from the cervix into the vagina. When“old” fluid moves from the tented cervix, it not only lubricates the vagina, but also flushes out unfriendly organisms that can cause infections.Many women with urinary tract infections report the desire to masturbate when they feel a UTI coming on, and for a good reason: masturbating helps relieve pain and it flushes the old bacteria from the cervix. It’s the body’s way of getting the bacteria out.

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    • Masturbation is associated with improved cardiovascular health and lower risk of type-2 diabetes. In a number of studies, women who experienced more orgasms, and overall greater frequency and satisfaction with sex — whether with a partner or not — were shown to have greater resistance to coronary heart disease (CHD) and type-2 diabetes.
    • Masturbation can help work against insomnia naturally, through hormonal and tension release. Many women masturbate as a means to wind down after a hectic day or to fall asleep at night, but they often don’t know that there’s a hormonal reason why it works. Dopamine, or the “feel-good” hormone, is on the rise during the anticipation of a sexual climax. After the climax, the calming hormones oxytocin and endorphins are released, making us feel the warm afterglow that helps us sleep.

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    • Orgasm increases pelvic floor strength. There are so many benefits to having a healthy pelvic floor. In the “plateau” stage of orgasm, the pelvic floor gets a real workout. The clitoris surges with increased blood pressure. Muscle tone, heart rate, and respirations increase. The uterus “lifts” off the pelvic floor, increasing pelvic muscle tension. This strengthens the entire region, as well as your sexual satisfaction.

Psychological and emotional benefits of masturbation

Women most often cite fatigue as the reason for a decrease in, or loss of, libido. I haven’t met a tired woman yet who cares a bit about sex. Appropriately so, as a tired body is focused on taking care of itself. The second most common reason women tell me they have decreased interest in sex is their dissatisfaction with their appearance. Given the often unrealistic yet prevailing standards of American beauty, it is challenging for many women to feel attractive. Masturbation is one way to honor our sexuality conveniently and privately.

Because we are in control of our bodies when we masturbate, we can learn a lot about who we are. We can cultivate positive feelings about our miraculous bodies, giving us confidence from the inside out and the potential to heal any past negative sexual experiences.

These are all good reasons to reconsider our views on masturbation, but there are also several other reasons why masturbation can help us feel more confident and connected:

    • Improves our mood. Masturbation helps relieve depressive emotions. As we become aroused, the hormone levels of dopamine and epinephrine soar in our bodies. Both of these hormones are mood-boosters. Many studies show that women who report personal satisfaction with their sex lives live a better quality of life overall.

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    • Relieves stress. In her book For Yourself, noted sex therapist Lonnie Barbach explains that the stress resulting from avoiding sex can create the kind of body imbalances we mentioned earlier. She writes that masturbation can help relieve emotional stress by taking time for ourselves, amidst the demands of home, family, and work.
    • Strengthens our relationship with ourselves. When we know, love, and nurture ourselves on emotional and physical levels, we gain confidence and grow through self-awareness. Being able to recognize, articulate, and experience what brings pleasure is a powerful step toward fulfillment.
    • Strengthens sexual relationship with partner. Many couples have different sexual drives and needs. Masturbation is one way to meet personal needs not met by a partner. It can be shared with a partner. Witnessing a partner masturbate can teach us what methods our partners use so we can learn what they enjoy. It can also open the lines of communication between partners who otherwise might be assuming that the “routine” is still working.

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4 Responses to Health Benefits of Female Masturbation

  1. Aazeen Baig says:

    Health beneits are okay. But i dont believe in getting tips for masturbation. The truth is no one here can really tell you how to masturbate – you’ll have to figure out what feels good to you yourself. Just explore your body and you’ll find out what turns you on. Also, I wouldn’t recommend inserting anything other than your fingers in your vagina, as other objects may be covered in everyday bacteria and could give you an infection – also, if you use the wrong type of object it’s possible to get hurt. If you do want to use a household object though, it’s best to cover it with a condom if you have one. Apart from that, there’s really nothing else I can tell you – only you know your own body.

  2. WidowAt42 says:

    If you are having difficulty with your partner, you can do a lot of things. First of all you need to explore your clitoris. Find it and explore it. If you are unsure how to do this, the best way is to get some lubrication to begin with. If you only have household items available, the best and safest thing to use is olive oil. just a little bit. Lightly stroke your clitoris. you will probably need to relax yourself before hand and get fully undressed. If you are still uncomfortable think about the parts of your body you find attractive and the sexual acts you find most arousing. Rubbing your entire body will assist you as well. once you get the hang of it you probably don’t need to use lubricant anymore. You can use your own secretions as a starter. Don’t be self conscious about moaning a little because it does feel good. Turn off the ringer on the phone and rid yourself of any distractions. If you are active with someone, once you make yourself climax you can teach him/her what you like or what will bring you to the edge with just a few subtle directions as to not ruin the mood. So get off the computer and go make love to your favorite person (yourself).

  3. Gemma says:

    Take your time (it might take a whole afternoon the first time), and just enjoy learning what feels best for you… it’s fun. Sooner or later, you’ll have an orgasm, and they get better each time if you’re one of those lucky girls who can have them again and again. It can take anywhere from a few seconds to a couple of hours to reach orgasm… both of these are unusual but normal, and anything in between is just fine. Just before orgasm, you might have a feeling a bit like you have to pee, but it’s not quite the same, and when your orgasm first happens, there’ll be a very strong (sometimes intense and *powerful*), warm and sometimes tingly feeling that spreads from your clitoris to your vagina and then through your whole lower body. Then very quickly your clitoris, your vagina, your crotch muscles and your butt-hole will squeeze and pulse a few times while that feeling spreads all over you. During all this, your toes will probably curl, you might feel like you need to hold your breath or like you have to breathe really fast, your body will want to tense up and might jerk or shake or shiver, and you might make some noises (grunts, gasps, groans or cries) that you can’t really control. You might “squirt” or “ejaculate” a lot of fluid from your urethra (don’t worry, it’s not pee). The whole time, it’s just about the best feeling there is. (Everything you “might” feel or do above isn’t always going to happen… some orgasms are much less overwhelming than just *very* pleasureable.) As that feeling becomes more gentle and starts to go away (after maybe 5 to 20 seconds), your whole body will begin to relax, and you might feel sort of like having a nap… or like just lying there and letting your mind drift. Have fun and don’t worry. Masturbating is normal and healthy, and learning what pleases you sexually is good for you… especially because you’ll know what to tell your man about how to please you when you have sex.

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