By Elizabeth Elemi
Masturbation is a natural and common sexual behavior that many individuals, both male and female engage in.
According to a certified sex educator in Los Angeles, Lou Paget, stated that masturbation releases the “feel good” hormones such as dopamine and oxytocin, it increases blood flow to genital areas and it strengthens the pelvic floor.
Masturbation have various effects on the body and mind, both positive and negative.
Here are some points;
Masturbation allows individuals to experience sexual pleasure and achieve orgasm. It can provide a sense of physical satisfaction and release built-up sexual tension.
Stress Relief and Improved Mood
Engaging in self-pleasure can help reduce stress levels by triggering the release of endorphins, which act as natural mood boosters. It can promote relaxation and enhance overall well-being.
Sexual Health Benefits
Regular masturbation can contribute to maintaining sexual health. For people with penises, it helps in improving erectile function, promoting healthy blood flow, and potentially reducing the risk of prostate problems. For people with vaginas, it can aid in the maintenance of healthy vaginal tissues and increase lubrication.
Masturbation has been reported to have a sleep-inducing effect for some individuals. The release of endorphins and relaxation that follows can potentially promote better sleep patterns.
Masturbation can positively impact mental health by improving self-esteem, body image, and self-acceptance. It can provide a sense of empowerment, fostering a healthy relationship with one’s own sexuality.
While masturbation has many positive effects, excessive or compulsive masturbation can have potential negative consequences.
In most cases, it interferes with daily activities, relationships, or professional life. If it becomes a source of distress or becomes uncontrollable, seeking professional help may be beneficial.
Meanwhile, many Clerics have termed it a ‘sin’, Lust in the things of the flesh.