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Is Masturbation Good for Health?

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With knowledge being widened on sexual health, masturbation has become a hot topic being discussed. One of the most prominent questions is, is masturbation good for health? Are there any benefits? If so, what are they?

You don’t have to wonder about these possibilities any longer. Listed below are the major health benefits associated with masturbation.

  • Reduces the risk of Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer is the most prevalent cancer found in men, with lung cancer coming in for a close second. Although lung cancer is responsible for more deaths, there is a higher percentage of men that will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. What if I told you there is a free and easy way to reduce your risks of developing lung cancer. Yeah, you guessed it. Masturbation.

According to a research study published by the Journal of the American Medicine Association, masturbation can reduce your risks of being diagnosed with prostate cancer. The study consisted of 29, 342 men between the ages of 46 to 81. Researchers used questionnaires to gather their data and followed up with participants every 2 years. The research reported that men who ejaculated more frequently, approximately 21 times a week, saw a decreased risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer in comparison to men who ejaculated less frequently. This study shows the positive effects of ejaculations on reducing our risk of developing prostate cancer, which means that all ejaculations are included such as masturbation- induced ejaculations, ejaculations, and sexual intercourse and nocturnal emissions.

According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 1,735,350 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2018. You can lessen your chances of being a part of this static by masturbating

  • Boosts Immune system

Is Masturbation Good for Health?Your body does amazing things during and after an orgasm. Not only is your brain sending signals to release hormones and stimulate pleasure and satisfaction, but your body is also being flooded with white blood cells. A research study published by the Neuroimmunomodulation journal explored how masturbation affects the immune system of men. The researchers looked that the white blood cell count among the participants after a masturbation-induced orgasm. The research study reported that masturbation causes an increase in the number of leukocytes (or white blood cells) in the blood. Leukocytes are the body’s primary defense against fighting bacteria, viruses and germs that are harmful to the general wellbeing of the body. The presence and effectiveness of leucocytes allow the body to ensure its immunity against developing the illness. Therefore, this research shows that masturbating can boost your immune system and help your body to maintain a state of health.

  • Improves sleep

If you’ve ever masturbated right before bed, you know that after your orgasm you know that it’s only a matter of time before you drift to sleep.

This is not just because you’ve had a long day, but as a result of the hormones that the brain releases after you orgasm. As oxytocin and dopamine begin the fade away (which spikes due to orgasming), the brain then releases prolactin, vasopressin and a few other hormones.  A research study published by the Biological Psychology journal looked at prolactin levels after you organism and the effect this had on the body. The study consisted of 38 male and female participants who engaged in masturbation or heterosexual intercourse based on a division of control groups. The research reported a significant increase in the level of prolactin in the people who engaged in masturbation. However, this data is overlooked by the data that show that the participants who engaged in sexual intercourse reported a 400% increase in comparison to participants who masturbated.

Prolactin plays an important role in drifting off to sleep after an orgasm. Prolactin blocks the transmission of other hormones that function to keep the body awake thus causing to feel drowsy. The increase of prolactin does not affect your sleep cycles; it simply causes you to drift to sleep more quickly and easier.

  • Improves heart health

Is Masturbation Good for Health?As we get older, our risks for developing diseases that alter the way we experience life and others can even be fatal. One of the most prevalent diseases in today’s society is a Cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease is responsible for the death of 610,000 Americans yearly, which is an estimate of 1 in every four Americans. There are many ways that you can reduce your risk of being diagnosed with a cardiovascular diseases such as having a healthy lifestyle with a balance between a death diet and frequent exercise.  Another way you can reduce your risk of being diagnosed with the cardiovascular disease is, you guessed it, masturbating.

The American Journal of Cardiology published a research study examining the relationship between sexual activity and a man’s risk of being diagnosed with cardiovascular disease. The Massachusetts Male Ageing Study studied men between the ages of 40 to 70 over a period of a few years. For this study, the men underwent blood tests and in-person interviews. The study revealed that men who engaged in sexual activity once a month or less 2 times biweekly had an increased risk of being diagnosed with cardiovascular disease. Therefore, engaging in sexual activity, which includes all types of sex and masturbation, frequently reduces your risks of being diagnosed with cardiovascular disease. This reduced risk is a result of the benefits that ejaculating has on the body’s health.

Masturbating can be the difference between having an unhealthy lifestyle or even being at risk for a major medical condition in the future. Masturbating or engaging in sexual activity, as mentioned in most research conducted, on a frequent scale can be beneficial to your health and the type of lifestyle that you may lead. Although, studies also indicate that masturbating too much can have negative repercussions on the body and health.

Simply looking at the benefits of masturbating expresses our need to widen the conversation about masturbation even further, addressing issues of the guilt or even shame associated with masturbation and promoting a confident and safe sexual health.

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