Masturbation Month: 5 Surprising Facts About Self Love

May is Masturbation Month – and though the month is more than halfway over, you still have a few weeks to get some self-loving time in. Contrary to what many of us have been told about the act, masturbation is awesome and beneficial. No going blind here.

Below are some benefits to self love, that we think you will love:

1. Masturbation Benefits 1

Sleeping Aid

If you suffer from Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), masturbation can provide you with some relief. Researchers at the Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, reported the case of a patient who was able to ease symptoms of his syndrome through masturbation (and sex). Symptoms of RLS include unpleasant sensations in your calves, thighs or feet.

2. Masturbation Benefits 2

A little hand here…

According to a 2011 survey conducted by University of Indiana researchers, 53 percent of American women have used vibrators. It was also found that married woman are more likely to use vibrators. And what do you to with vibrators? Masturbate. We covered a few interesting ones here.

3. Masturbation Benefits 3

Relief from Depression

According to scientists at UC San Diego School of Medicine, the chemical oxytocin might prove effective in treating depression. Oxytocin is produced from the brain during activities like cuddling and sex. 

4. Masturbation Benefits 4

What prostate cancer?

A study (and several other studies) in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that more than 12 ejaculations per month was needed for men to protect themselves against prostate cancer. And what’s one way to ejaculate?... bingo.

5. Masturbation Benefits 5

Infection Fighter

Who knew? Masturbation actually helps prevent cervical infections and relieves urinary tract infections (UTI). Your cervix opens during masturbation and acidity rises and also new fluid goes up, sending good bacteria to it and pushing old fluid out.