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The effects of masturbation on female health

Get to know a few curious facts about masturbation and its effects on female health in the article below.

Do women masturbate?

Did you know that the clitoris — the source of a woman’s deepest sexual pleasure — has approximately 8,000 nerve endings?

That is more than any other area of the female body and accounts for the sensations felt during intercourse and sexual activity. According to statistics, masturbation is very common among women.

More than half of American women ages 18–49 (both single and those with partners) masturbate at least once every 3 months.

How does masturbation affect health?

Stimulating your own erogenous zones is a quite common phenomenon.

However, many women are tormented by doubts about whether masturbation really is harmless to their health and whether it affects menstrual cycle regularity.

Fears regarding masturbation are groundless. Conversely, experts emphasize its positive aspects, for example, the chance to:

  • get to know your own body better;
  • improve your sex life, as masturbation makes you more confident and aware of your sexual responses;
  • relieve stress;
  • boost your mood due to the release of endorphins;

In most cases, masturbation is safe and even good for you. It can help you explore your body and relieve both sexual and emotional tension.

Contrary to myths, self-pleasure doesn’t cause blindness or infertility. It benefits sleep quality and does away with depression and irritability.

While masturbating, one cannot become pregnant or contract sexually transmitted diseases. The exception is when one uses someone else’s sex toys or comes in contact with the genitals of another person.

Infections are spread through seminal and vaginal fluids.

If masturbation doesn’t cause you discomfort or interfere with your daily life, it is absolutely harmless.

Can your clitoris become less sensitive if you masturbate too often?

Indeed, the clitoris was created for pleasure, but since it is an incredibly sensitive organ which has a huge number of nerve endings, its prolonged direct stimulation at the same rate and in the same way can result in a temporary desensitization.

You may feel that you have lost the ability to be aroused and reach orgasm, but after a while, everything will return to normal.

A loss of sensitivity for a longer period can be caused by menopause, breastfeeding, taking hormonal contraceptives, etc.
If you are very concerned, you can always turn to an experienced sexologist for help.

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Does masturbation affect sex with your partner?

Masturbation is common among men and women alike. It helps you discover your body and your needs, relieves stress, and improves your relationship with your partner.

However, despite all the advantages of masturbation, there are still issues to think about.

Too much masturbation can make it hard to reach orgasm during sex because the body gets used to the stimulation of specific places that may be neglected during sexual intercourse.

Self-pleasure can also become an addiction, and if clitoral stimulation is too intense, it may sometimes result in increased clitoris sensitivity, which will make sex painful for a while.

It is worth remembering that masturbation has no long-term negative consequences, but in this case, it is better not to overdo it.

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http://www.webmd.com/women/features/female-masturbation-5-things-know
http://www.medicaldaily.com/female-anatomy-101-7-eye-opening-facts-about-clitoris-will-make-your-jaw-drop-302630
http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodsex/pages/masturbation.aspx
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2518802/Masturbation-good-health-prevents-cystitis-diabetes-cancer.html

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