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Health - Wellness
Unexpected Side Effects You'll Experience If You Stop Masturbating
By JEREMY BROWN
Stress
When we masturbate, several hormones are released that can boost our mood, like endorphins, dopamine, and oxytocin, which is also known as the "love hormone."
In a Health Map interview, Dr. Juliana Hauser said that orgasms promote relaxation, reduce stress, and can contribute positively to mental and physical well-being.
Sleep
Studies show that the hormones that accompany an orgasm can help you get a good night's rest and promote quicker sleep onset.
"Subsequently, norepinephrine and serotonin contribute to a flow of REM sleep cycles, ensuring a more comfortable and sustained sleep," Dr. Hauser says.
Men
For men, masturbating more might actually prove to be a life-saving decision. A 2016 European Urology study linked the frequency of ejaculation and prostate health.
Dr. Hauser says males who ejaculate fewer than seven times a month showed a higher likelihood of being diagnosed with prostate cancer compared to 20 times a month.
Menopause
The North American Menopause Society says masturbating can help to maintain the length and width of the vaginal canal and keep the vagina's tissues well lubricated.
Chiavaye notes that using a vibrator internally can help increase blood flow to the pelvis, keeping the muscles of the vagina working and preventing atrophy.
Women
Women who refrain from masturbation may find that the sensation in their clitoris is dulled or develop a temporary shrinkage and desensitization called clitoral atrophy.
Hauser notes, "Engaging in sexual activity [...] more frequently helps the vagina regain elasticity, the body adjusts to touch, and the clitoris regain its sensitivity."