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Healing Hand

There’s more to self-love than just pleasure

By P. J. Ellison

By now you’ve come to the realization that masturbation will not cause blindness, hairy palms or madness. As one psychologist put it, for most of us, self-gratification is our introduction to sexuality. But what about masturbating as we age? Well, practice makes perfect. And there’s no shame in that. After all, just a little self-love goes a long way in improving our general wellbeing.

According to an Australian study, masturbation helps in the prevention of prostate cancer. Certain toxins can build up in the urogenital tract. Masturbation helps flush them out. According to the study, men who ejaculate more than five times a week are a third less likely to develop prostate cancer.

And it’s no surprise that after a long, stressful day—when a glass of wine or bubble bath just won’t do—masturbating before bedtime helps summon sleep. It makes sense considering the act helps lower blood pressure and releases all of those soothing, sleep-inducing hormones. According to the journal Sleep Medicine, “pulling the goalie” or “double-clicking the mouse” even helps people suffering from restless leg syndrome (RLS).

Menstruating women can masturbate to increase blood flow to the pelvic area, dulling the pain of PMS. Doing the deed also helps flush out bacteria from the cervix, which helps when suffering from a urinary tract infection. Well, it sure beats cranberry juice. And finally, battling the flu bug has never been more fun. Ejaculation releases a lot more than just fluids, it releases cortisol, which in small doses helps strengthen and maintain your immune system.

 

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