While it has been reported that 92 percent of women do it, female masturbation is still somewhat of a taboo subject. “It’s important, however, to know that your body is capable of pleasure,” says Dr. Logan Levkoff, sexologist and featured sex/relationship expert on Married at First Sight. Levkoff adds that this is crucial, regardless of your relationship status. “You can’t expect a partner to magically give you pleasure — especially if you are working with different operating systems.” With that in mind, we asked Levkoff to outline the reasons why you shouldn’t just leave masturbation to the boys.
It Helps You Fall Asleep
Masturbation is a great way to relax and release tension before bed, so you are able to sleep. By releasing endorphins, your orgasm becomes the best kind of sleep medicine you can get.
It Helps Alleviate Menstrual Cramps
Believe it or not, many women masturbate to relieve menstrual cramps. Orgasms naturally help relieve cramps. Using a vibrator will deliver an intense, focused external stimulation and relieve stress.
You Want to Enjoy Better Sex with Your Partner
You can’t expect a partner to magically give you pleasure. But there are ways to make sure you’re prepared and know what you like. If you don’t know what feels good, no one else will know, either.
It Helps with Stress Relief
Taking a few moments dedicated to yourself is a great way to relieve stress and tension. It’s also an instant mood enhancer and can help boost your body image.
If you don’t know your body’s baseline — feel, look, etc. — how do you know when something is wrong or unusual for your body?
You Have a Simple Desire for an Orgasm
Whether you’re tired, relieving cramps or just want to know yourself better, there really doesn’t need to be a reason to masturbate. Sometimes being in the mood is reason enough. Adding a fun vibrator into the mix can really help spice up solo play and help give you greater orgasmic pleasure.