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Masturbation May? Yep, It’s a Thing!

Masturbation is Worth Celebrating. Here’s Why

May has been officially declared Masturbation May, an entire month in which humans across the planet are to celebrate pleasuring themselves (in some cases, to the point of orgasms). Some might wonder why. Seriously though, why not? When I set on my personal journey of embarking on the 365 Days of Orgasms Challenge on January 1st, my focus was set on the orgasm, not on the process that produces the orgasm: masturbation. My research revealed the benefits of orgasm, but what I didn’t realize at the time is that masturbation also offers tons of benefits to people of all gender regardless of whether a masturbation session ends in orgasms.

Myths About Masturbation

Before I move on, let’s just get some bullshit that’s out there out of the way. Believe it or not, there are still some really fucked up myths about masturbation being perpetuated in 2022. So let’s just get them out of the way.

The following myths about masturbation are absolutely untrue:

If you’re in a satisfying relationship, you shouldn’t have to masturbate: This is one of the most annoying myths. Masturbating with a partner can be extremely erotic and satisfying. Even more importantly, as you’ll read below in the benefits section, masturbation can improve partner play/sex and serves to keep your pelvic floor strong and healthy. Masturbation essentially keeps your sex life healthy

Excessive masturbation can lead to erectile dysfunction: Nope! Nope! Though doctors do suggest mixing up masturbation sensations (hand, toys, etc.) so that you don’t become habituated to a single sensation.

Masturbation can make you go blind: I can’t believe this is still a thing. There is absolutely zero scientific or medical evidence to back this up.

You can lose your virginity when you masturbate: First of all, virginity doesn’t exist, but we will get to that in a different article. But, if you still believe in virginity as it relates to the breaking of the hymen, you run the same risk as you would riding a bike or using a tampon.

There are no benefits to masturbation: Scroll down to find out how many wonderful benefits masturbation actually offers.

The Benefits of Masturbation

Masturbation offers people of all genders many research-backed benefits.

Sexual Health Benefits of Masturbation

  1. Allows you to explore your sexuality in a stress, expectation, and judgment-free environment.
  2. It’s a form of sexual activity available to people of all genders, including people in partnered relationships, people who don’t have a partner, people who are not having sex with their partner, or people who are abstaining from sex.
  3. Masturbation gives you the opportunity to discover your sexual responses so that you can better communicate your sexual wants and needs with your partner(s).
  4. It can help increase your libido
  5. It may help people with penises last longer in bed

Health Benefits of Masturbation

  1. Stress reduction
  2. Improves sleep
  3. Strengthens your pelvic floor
  4. Reduces pain (can help with headaches and body aches)
  5. Can help with cramps
  6. Can improve self-esteem and increase confidence
  7. Helps with body image
  8. It releases endorphins which promote a sense of well-being.
  9. Increases energy levels
  10. Improves your skin
  11. It may reduce the risk of prostate cancer
  12. It improves your cognitive function as you age
  13. May help with weight loss
  14. May help flatten your stomach
  15. It can help prevent erectile dysfunction
  16. It may make people with penises harder
  17. It boosts immunity
  18. Increases lifespan
  19. and improves heart health

My Favorite Masturbation Toys

Throughout Masturbation May I’ll be sharing some of my favorite masturbation aids. But I’ll get you started with some of my current favorites.

Aer by Dame

Clit suction toys are a MUST during Masturbation May and the Aer is a powerful clit sucking toy that gets the job done. Aer creates thrilling pulses of air and a soft seal around your clitoris, so you can go all the way, right away. 

The Aer uses pressure wave technology to create rhythmic pulses of air that’ll give users a next-level pleasurable experience. Aer mimics the flutter of a tongue and the suction of a mouth—kinda…but what it definitely is, is the right toy for when your arousal needs a kickstart, or if you just prefer a quick and intense peak.

Cost: $95.00

(Use the code SheExplores10 for a 10% discount!)

valentine's day gifts for her, lady bi vibrator

Lady Bi By Fun Factory

Penetrative masturbation helps keep vaginal walls strong and as you age, it keeps women from experiencing vaginal atrophy. This dual motor vibrator provides deep, strong rumbling through the shaft and the clit stimulator is soft enough to keep your bean from getting too sensitive while providing sweet vibrations. I use this baby regularly.

Note: Use my discount code SELS20 for a 20% discount at checkout!

sex toy used for masturbation may

The Laska By Love. Not War.

I love this toy for clit play and internal stimulation throughout Masturbation May. This eco-friendly sex toy is a sustainable twist on the infamous rabbit and packs all the punch of a larger toy and is perfectly shaped to massage your clit or hit your g-spot while also being green. The charged base can be used on other Love. Now War Toys.

Note: Use discount code SELS20 for 20% Off

valentine's day gifts for her, koi wand

The KOI Wand By Love. Not War

This is the world’s most sustainable want vibrator and the perfect sex toy full enjoyment of Masturbation May. If solid vibrations are your thing, then this wand is exactly what need. The Koi is the newest addition to the Love Not War eco-friendly sex toy collection. This wand is petite enough to be easily maneuvered during sex with a partner, but it’s a powerful sex toy that delivers explosive orgasms.

Note: Use discount code SELS20 for 20% Off

vagina toy to use for Masturbation May

Cheryl – Remote Control Vibrating Love Egg

This tempting multi-function vibrating egg with remote control is wrapped with body-safe silicone, smooth and waterproof, and slides in like a dream. The dense and small bumps on the head offer stimulation in all the right places while helping to restore the elasticity of postpartum muscles. That’s right, you get all the benefits of masturbation with this baby.

Both the ball and the controller have an on a switch, and you can enjoy whisper-quiet vibration in 7 rhythms.

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Annette Benedetti
Annette Benedetti
Annette is a writer, editor and photographer from Portland, OR. Her work appears in a variety of publications including Bust, Red Tricycle, Motherly and Domino. When she’s away from her desk she can be found teaching women yoga at wilderness retreats, exploring new cities across the states and hiking the trails at Mt. Rainier—one of her favorite places on earth.