Masturbation: ultimate self-love and its benefits

Masturbation is a perfectly normal and healthy sexual behavior that has many benefits to your health and overall sexual well-being –plus it feels good! Masturbation, also known as selflove, has been identified as one of the most important steps in promoting greater sexual health1.

Women who masturbate are found to be more successful in achieving their own pleasure, more reflective on the sexual aspects of their lives, more expressive in intimate relations and are more resistant to gendered double standards in sexuality3.

Masturbation can provide both a sense of independence, especially when single, by not relying on a partner for sexual satisfaction as well as continued self-pleasure to supplement your sex life while in a relationship.

An important aspect of masturbation, that can often be overlooked, is the simplistic fact that it acquaints yourself with your own body. Learning what feels good for you, and what doesn’t, is crucial to know for yourself and also essential so that you can communicate your preferences with a sexual partner on how to best please you. This alone can lessen sexual frustrations within an intimate relationship, affording better peace of mind.

More benefits of masturbation:

  • Enhances overall sexual well-being and increases sexual satisfaction1
  • Relieves tension & stress
  • Has the potential to lessen menstrual cramps
  • Increases sexual responsiveness and orgasmic potential1,2
  • Can increase sexual self-esteem/body image
  • Increases sexual agency and confidence by being self-reliant in achieving pleasure
  • Induces relaxation, which can help you fall asleep at night
  • Happens to be the safest form of sex
  • Can cure headaches
  • It feels good!

Take control of your own uniquely beautiful sexuality. There are a myriad of ways that women masturbate: with their hand or a solo sex toy, with or without lube, in the shower or bedroom… so go about your favorite way or try something new and masturbate today for your sexual health! If you would like to incorporate a fun self-pleasure toy, check out the Bloomi’s non-toxic, 100% medical grade silicone suggestions along with great water-based lubes, made with organic ingredients that help compliment your sensual experiences.

1 Coleman, E. (2002). Masturbation as a means of achieving sexual health. Journal of Psychology & Human Sexuality, 14(2), 5-16.

2 Griffitt, W. & Hatfield, E. (1985). Human sexual behavior. Greenview, IL: Scott, Foresman, & Co.

3 Hogarth, H. & Ingham, R. (2009). Masturbation among young women and associations with sexual health. Journal of Sex Research, 46(6), 558-567.

About the author

Jennifer Olsen, MA

Jen is a sexologist based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her research examines how young women learn about masturbation and specializes in topics related to women’s sexual wellness including agency, pleasure and the menstrual cycle.

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