By Joseph W., Licensed & Registered Counsellor
Date: 12 Feb 2023
Masturbation is a normal and common behavior that is seen across all cultures and age groups. People may choose to engage in masturbation for a variety of reasons, including:
Sexual pleasure: Masturbation can provide physical sexual pleasure by stimulating the genitals. This can lead to orgasm and release of sexual tension. According to a study by The Kinsey Institute, 95% of men and 89% of women reported having masturbated at some point in their lives.
Stress relief: Masturbation can be a way for people to relax and release stress. The physical pleasure and release of sexual tension can be a form of self-soothing. A study by the University of British Columbia found that masturbation can reduce stress and improve mood.
Exploration and self-discovery: Masturbation can be a way for people to explore their own bodies and learn about their sexual likes and dislikes. According to a study by the University of Guelph, people who have a positive attitude towards masturbation tend to have better sexual function and sexual satisfaction.
Improved sexual function: Masturbation can improve sexual function by increasing blood flow to the genitals, promoting healthy sexual response, and helping to maintain sexual health. According to a study by the University of California, masturbation can improve sexual function in both men and women, including increased sexual desire and improved sexual responsiveness.
Improved sleep: Masturbation can also help people to fall asleep more easily and sleep more soundly. According to a study by the University of Michigan, masturbation before sleep can lead to better sleep and more vivid dreams.
Self-expression: Masturbation can also be a form of self-expression and self-empowerment. It allows people to take control of their own sexual pleasure. A study by the University of Guelph found that people who have a positive attitude towards masturbation tend to have better sexual self-esteem and sexual autonomy.
It's important to note that masturbation is a normal and healthy behavior, and it should not be stigmatized or shamed. Masturbation is generally considered to be a safe and healthy way to explore one's own sexuality, and it can be a form of self-care.
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