When you hear the word masturbation, what goes through your mind?
I’m pretty sure the answer is, that’s a man’s world. Well, you wrong! Women masturbate just as much as men do although with different frequency. The latter does it more.
The only reason why they do not talk about it is all to do with cultural perceptions and social stigma.
Just as sex is taboo in our repressive culture, but everyone’s doing it, female masturbation is not uncommon at all and if you haven’t tried it out yet, there are plenty of reasons for you to.
Is it important?
Masturbation is an important and wonderful way of knowing yourself physically and emotionally.
Research shows that women who masturbate are more likely to have fulfilling sex lives, better health, better partnerships and marriages.
The fact is there is enormous potential for healing, growth and well-being through exploring your sexuality, expressing it, and experiencing it with joy.
Do it with moderation
Too much of everything is poisonous, the habit shouldn’t take toll on you to the extent of reducing your daily tasks. Moderation helps you achieve the desired result.
Women who masturbate experience a wide range of health benefits, and here are just a few.
Masturbation helps prevent cervical infections and urinary tract infections by flushing out unfriendly bacteria from the cervix. Not only that, when insomnia kicks in, masturbation can help you fall asleep.
Dopamine, a “feel-good” hormone, rises during the anticipation of a sexual climax. After the orgasm, the calming hormones oxytocin and endorphins are released that help you sleep.
Masturbation improves your sex life significantly. It increases body comfort and reduces body image issues.
You understand your body better and realize what works for you, making you more confident and vocal in bed. This helps your partner know precisely what to do to get you going.
Close to 80 percent of all women have difficulty reaching orgasm from vaginal intercourse alone.
Regular masturbation will help you actually reach orgasm and it will also make sex more satisfying, by increasing the likelihood of reaching orgasm.
In her book For Yourself, sex therapist Lonnie Barbach, explains that the stress from avoiding sex can create body imbalances.
Masturbation can help relieve emotional stress because we’re taking time for ourselves, amidst the demands of home, family and work.
So the next time work gets too stressful, don’t be shy to have a solo party.
Masturbation is a positive, enjoyable and healthy experience. I hope that knowing more about the very real health benefits of masturbation will encourage you to give it a try, if you haven’t already.
By Linah Mwangi