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May 18, 2015
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For years, people have been coming up with countless arguments to end the stigma over masturbation.

Despite a relatively large percent of society admitting to choking the chicken, it remains a topic most tend to shy away from. Either over religious or superstitious grounds, the mere discussion of it more often than not elicits people to giggle or bat an eyelash.

Although apparently, previous claims have it that jerking off actually has health implications, and that spanking the monkey is not just a stress (and lust) reliever.

Iflscience.com was the latest to collate these said benefits of masturbation, in an article authored by Spring Chenoa Cooper, a senior lecturer at University of Sydney and Anthony Santella, a lecturer of HIV, STIs and Sexual Health at University of Sydney:

FOR WOMEN

  • Prevents cervical and urinary tract infections through "tenting"

Tenting is defined as "a process by which muscular tension in a woman’s body lifts the uterus upward, creating more space in the vagina," which is part of the arousal process.

More stretching for the cervix (lower part of the uterus) means more cervical mucous to clear out bacteria-filled fluid.

  • Lowers the risk of Type 2 diabetes (though this is still mainly credited to better overall health)
  • A form of hormonal and tension release, which gives way to a good night's sleep
  • Strengthens pelvic floor with contractions during orgasm

GIF via sheknows.com

FOR MEN

  • Reduces the risk of prostate cancer (as another way to flush out carcinogens)

  • Heightens cortisol (the stress hormone, but helps regulate sugar and fat usage in small doses) and endorphin (happy hormones) levels, improving the body's immune system

Aside from its personal benefits, they say that masturbation has also positive effects relationship-wise. Not only is it one of the safest intimate acts, engaging in the so-called "mutual masturbation"—two partners pleasuring themselves in each other's company—nurtures openness.

Discussing the oft-laughed at subject can also promote awareness among younger members of the society, which in turn, allows for better communication skills, minus the shame.

So what's the plan, FHM Nation? Either way, you might want to lock the door...

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