8 Facts about Female Masturbation You'd Like to Know
Female masturbation is one of those issues that causes embarrassment in many women. This isn’t only because of a lack of information but because of all the taboos that exist.
Unfortunately, women’s knowledge has been limited with respect to their bodies and their sexuality. This is a direct result of false beliefs and information about the topic. Overall, the belief that female masturbation is bad or improper is one of the biggest barriers to women enjoying its benefits.
Fortunately, nowadays, most of the myths have been debunked. Increasingly, there are more women giving themselves pleasure on a regular basis. The interesting thing is that it’s now even being recommended by sexologists and psychologists, since it can help improve your well-being.
Because of this, we’ve dedicated this post to eight interesting facts about female masturbation that will encourage you to enjoy it without fear or embarrassment.
8 curiosities about female masturbation
According to a publication in the Indian Journal of Psychiatry, in women, masturbation can occur in many ways. In general, the hand and finger make circular movements, back and forth, or up and down, against the clitoris.
However, many prefer to avoid direct stimulation of the clitoris due to its extreme sensitivity. Also, this study indicates that, through masturbation, many women need less than four minutes to reach orgasm. Best of all, it’s a practice which has many benefits. Here are the details.
1. It improves your mood
Women who masturbate have a more relaxed state of mind. Plus, they tend to not get stressed as much as those who deprive themselves of this wonderful practice.
The pleasure that you feel in doing it provides the release of endorphins and serotonin, two neurotransmitters associated with happiness and well-being.
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2. I’ts a safe sex practice
As long as proper hygiene measures are applied, female masturbation can be considered a safe sexual practice. As a Planned Parenthood publication points out, with masturbation, there’s no risk pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases.
3. Female masturbation helps you sleep better
The feeling of pleasure and well-being achieved with masturbation has a positive effect on your quality of sleep. Women who tend to masturbate before bedtime often enjoy deeper and uninterrupted sleep.
This is due to the release of hormones inducing physical and mental relaxation ,which is key to sleeping soundly.
4. It could reduce menstrual cramps
Masturbation isn’t a miracle cure against physical pain. However, it can help in the reduction and control of menstrual cramps. The arousal that you get by stimulating the clitoris and the vagina helps to reduce the feeling of pain in your stomach during menstruation, especially thanks to the release of chemicals in the brain, such as serotonin and endorphins.
5. It improves sexual performance
Women who aren’t afraid to enjoy this pleasant activity tend to have better sex. This is a result of being more secure about themselves and knowing their bodies well. During masturbation, you can explore sensitive places. This can then help stimulate couples and help them enjoy sex to the fullest.
It also gives licence to imagination and fantasies, heightening your sexual desire and a willingness to try new things.
6. It helps you reach orgasm more easily
Those who have problems regularly achieving orgasm can get a lot out of exploring the most sensitive parts of their body. Female masturbation is exciting, it works the pelvic floor muscles, and enables you to reach climax easier.
The clitoris has more than 8,000 nerve endings. After being stimulated, they lead to untold sensations of pleasure. In fact, contrary to what many people think, most orgasms are achieved thanks to the clitoris and not penetration.
7. It helps avoid anorgasmia and vaginismus
In addition, self-stimulation and the pleasure that you experience work as therapy for those who fail to achieve orgasm during sexual intercourse.
Also, as it increases arousal, it’s a great remedy against the contraction of the vaginal muscles, better known as vaginismus. This condition is one the most common reasons for gynecological consultation, as it tends to affect sexual performance.
You should also read: Sensory Stimulation: Senses That Give Us Sexual Pleasure
8. It helps burn calories
Looking for a healthy way to burn calories? Look no further! According to anecdotal data, female masturbation can help you burn calories, depending on how long you do it for, the stimulation, and the intensity of the pleasure.
Overall, don’t be afraid to enjoy all these benefits of masturbation. As a woman, you’re entitled to know and enjoy your body whenever you wish. Throw out your fears and prejudices and begin experiencing all the feelings that will give you a better sense of well-being.
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