Even in today's world, where breathtaking sex toys and stimulating creams for greater arousal are available at the click of a button - masturbation is still stigmatized, but in reality masturbation is a self-care ritual.
But masturbation can be a powerful way to care for your physical and mental well-being.
During masturbation, our body releases "feel-good hormones" that have all kinds of benefits During orgasm, the "cuddle hormone," also known as oxytocin, is released. This love hormone, along with prolactin, serotonin, dopamine and endorphins, is responsible for the mental and physical benefits of masturbation. These hormones are also released during erotic massage.
There is an improvement in mood
There are four main "happiness hormones" which are dopamine, endorphins, serotonin and oxytocin. Which is exactly the cocktail that is naturally released after orgasm.
This is why masturbation is an amazing self-care tool. Feeling good, exploring your body, and releasing natural "happiness makers" into your body on a regular basis can really lift your mood.
You'll get rid of stress and tension
Although it's easy to get rid of stress and tension with an erotic massage, masturbation has that effect too. Orgasms relieve stress. When we reach orgasm, tension builds up and eventually relaxation occurs. The retreat from orgasm is when we feel relaxed, sleepy and even blissful. Not to mention that the presence of oxytocin can reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol and can inhibit the release of cortisol.
You'll get better quality sleep
People often feel sleepy after sex or masturbation because the body has just been flooded with stimulating hormones. In addition, prolactin, the "relaxation hormone," is released after orgasm. This in itself can cause fatigue and relaxation.
Want a completely natural sleep aid, try masturbation. The neurochemicals that are released can help you fall asleep.