Why Masturbation Is Good For Your Health

Why Masturbation Is Good For Your Health

by Sammi

on Jun 13, 2016

Health Benefits of Masturbation

You'll be pleased to know being healthy is not all about green juice and burpees. There's a much more enjoyable way to improve your wellbeing:


Polishing the rocket, a night in with the girls, jerkin’ the gherkin - whatever you like to call it, masturbation has many proven health benefits that are far more than just a way to fill time between your next TV binge watch.

Chances are, you won't need much persuading, but if you're looking to justify that solo session, read on for six awesome reasons why rubbing one out is good for you. Have fun.

1. It's A Stress-Reliever

By their very nature, orgasms are a relief of tension. If you've found that life's getting a little too hectic and you need to 'blow off steam', as it were, then a swift dose of self-love could be the answer.

During any kind of enjoyable activity, the body releases the feel-good hormone, oxytocin which helps manage stress and elevate your mood, making you feel calmer and happier.

Now, you could get that high from boogying on the D-floor or going for a run, or you could lube up and get down to much more fun instead.

2. It Can Make You Better In Bed

Got a penis? If you find that you're often having to resort to thinking of your nan or tax returns during sex to hold off the inevitable, you may find that a tactical tug can help.

According to sex therapists (who apparently spend a lot of time mapping masturbation habits), men who struggle with premature ejaculation benefited hugely by masturbating around 2 hours before they had sex.

Well, if it’s in the name of science…

3. It Can Boost Your Immune System

Once again, you can thank your hormones for this one. During the big O, levels of cortisol in the body are elevated, boosting immunity and making it easier for you to fight infection and illness.

Masturbating regularly can also help to increase the number of bacteria-killing leukocytes in your blood, which help reduce your vulnerability to germs and decrease your recovery time during sickness.

Better than an apple a day if you ask us...

4. It Helps You Sleep

We all know (and love) the post-sex snooze, and post-wank isn't any different. As we've mentioned, the release of oxytocin and the subsequent relaxation of the muscles post-orgasm is the perfect preparation for your body to have a restful sleep.

So next time you're battling insomnia or you just can't switch off after a busy day, you know what to do…

5. It Can Reduce the Risk of Cancer

In 2003, an Australian study discovered that people with penises who ejaculated more than five times a week (you read correctly, 'more than') were up to 33% less likely to develop prostate cancer.

This is because over time, cancer-causing toxins can build up in your bladder, urethra, and testicles. Regular ejaculation helps to flush them out, reducing the chance of a tumour forming. So, when we say cleaning out the pipes, we mean it.

As excuses go, we think that's pretty unbeatable.

As for vulvas-owners, dispel any myths or rumours may have heard about masturbation immediately. It’s pretty much one of the safest sexual acts you can do and embracing self-love is always going to benefit you. Period.


Written by Sammi. Lovehoney's Student Sexpert
Covering everything you need to know about sex at college

Originally published on Jun 13, 2016. Updated on Aug 27, 2020