One of the benefits of masturbation is stress relief. During orgasm, dopamine, oxytocin, and serotonin are released from the brain, which can decrease cortisol levels and thereby diminish stress.
2. Counts as physical activity
Mix up your daily walks and weekly workouts with something different—masturbation. One of the benefits of masturbation is that it counts as physical activity.
Although solo sex is less intense than partnered sex, it’s still in opposition to a sedentary lifestyle. Go ahead and add masturbation to those active rest days and get physical with yourself.
3. Dulls pain, especially period cramps
Remember how one of the benefits of masturbation is that it releases the feel-good hormones dopamine, oxytocin, and serotonin? (Okay, good, you’ve been paying attention). Not only does this trifecta of hormones help you feel good, but they can also dull pain, including period cramps.
4. Helps you get to know yourself better
We know our likes and dislikes when it comes to things like fashion, fitness, and food, but shouldn’t we also know what we like sexually? “When you explore your body through masturbation, you feel empowered to feel pleasure and better understand what arouses you and turns you off,” says Moore.