Maybe you haven't heard, but healthy is the new sexy. That’s right—wellness turns us on! Sexual wellness is important, but we know libido and sex drive are affected by all aspects of our health, including mental health care and physical health.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic,we’ve all been concerned with our sexual wellness, health, and even our immunity, making the moving parts of health more interconnected than ever. We know we’re all thinking the same thing—how do I keep myself healthy? And while it would take forever to cover that subject in depth, today we’re touching on one unexpected way to boost your immunity: masturbation.
Yep, masturbation has tons of benefits! While you can’t expect masturbation alone to boost your immunity if you aren’t practicing other kinds of self care, it certainly plays a role in sexual wellness and can offer pain relief, boost self-confidence, and so much more. It could be a missing piece of the puzzle in your wellness routine!
Can masturbation boost immunity?
Like we said, masturbation won’t fix all your healthcare problems, but it can help relieve some symptoms. And, masturbation can affect immunity! According to Planned Parenthood, masturbation is the safest type of sex because it doesn’t require intimacy with a partner, and it offers health benefits, too:
- Masturbation can reduce stress and anxiety.
- Masturbation can help you sleep.
- Having an orgasm releases dopamine and endorphins, feel-good brain chemicals that can relieve pain and stress.
- Masturbation prevents STIs, and mutual masturbation can be enjoyed long-distance or in person, making it easier to enjoy stimulation with partners—minus the risk.
At a time when many are worried about getting sick — stress reduction, better sleep, and pain relief through endorphin release — are incredibly important! Plus, the added bonus of reducing STI risk adds additional sexual wellness benefits.
Can stress and lack of sleep really make me sick?
The benefits of masturbation are great on their own, but they’re especially helpful if you struggle with sleeping and stress levels. According to the Cleveland Clinic, adults aged 26–64 need between seven and nine hours of sleep every night. If you’re chronically sleep deprived, it can take a serious toll on your life, including reduced attention span, drowsiness during the day, irritability, memory loss, and more.
It’s a good idea to plan some down time before bed to reduce stress and sleep better, and we’d like to publicly say masturbation counts as down time! All the above symptoms can take a toll on immunity. How many times have you pulled an all-nighter and felt run down or sick the next day?
In 2004, the American Psychological Association analyzed 300 studies on stress and its effect on health. They explained how quickly stress lowers immunity:
“For stress of any significant duration - from a few days to a few months or years, as happens in real life - all aspects of immunity went downhill.”
The APA also says fighting stress can help our bodies better fight off germs, and in our opinion, self-pleasure is the most fun you can have while managing stress. Deep breathing exercises are fun, too, but a masturbation session that leaves us out of breath is just as nice!
Does masturbation cause hair loss?
There are a lot of masturbation myths that, in our opinion, have long overstayed their welcome in pop culture. According to Medical News Today, there is no scientific evidence that masturbation causes hair loss. It also doesn’t cause hairy palms or make you go blind.
Medical News Today also says that orgasms improve circulatory health, another bonus of masturbation and sexual activity!
How Masturbation Affects Sexual Wellness
Like we’ve said, masturbation has tons of health benefits that include better sleep and less stress. Masturbation also improves your sexual wellness, an important component of overall health and therefore, immunity. For example:
- Masturbation helps you decide and learn what you like in bed. It’s easier to communicate boundaries, fantasies, and desires to partners when you’ve practiced on yourself first.
- Masturbation can reduce cramps.
- Masturbation can release sexual tension.
- Research suggests regular ejaculation may lower the risk of prostate cancer.
Masturbation increases sexual and reproductive wellness regardless of gender or orientation, and it helps make partnered sex more fun and explorative. What’s not to love?
To sum it up, masturbation alone can’t keep you from getting a cold, nor does masturbation mean you’ll never get sick. But it is a healthy practice that can make us happy and experience pleasure, even if we don’t have an orgasm. It also has provable physiological benefits that boost our overall immune system. As if we needed another reason to get under the sheets with ourselves!
If you’re new to masturbation, check out our guide to stimulating the clitoris or stimulating the prostate. Just be warned, you may not leave the bedroom any time soon, and that’s a good thing. If you’re looking for a new toy to help with your self-pleasure exploits, Baci is a powerhouse best-seller, a Cara Delevingne favorite and a clitoral crowd pleaser. Tilt is a warming, vibrating plug that everyone can use—because the one thing we all have is a butt! Go forth and enjoy responsibly with lube!