Masturbation helps combat vaginal dryness, boost health

September 9, 2015 at 9:01 am in Love & Sex by VN Editors

Vibrant Nation member “Enjoying New Life” is doing just that! She’s a recently single woman who said she has read the medical studies that “say us 50 year old non-sexually active women need to masturbate in order to not dry up like a prune…”

Enjoying is right. Doctors often encourage women who experience vaginal dryness and dyspareunia (painful intercourse) to experiment with self-touch, partner-touch, and/or vibrator-touch, using pressure all around the visible part of the clitoris.

In addition to treating dyspareunia and encouraging more lubrication for those suffering from vaginal dryness, masturbation has been shown to be a boost to your health in many ways. For example, masturbation and self pleasure have been credited with:

  • Providing stress relief.
  • Acting as a natural sleep sedative.
  • Boosting the mood by releasing endorphins.
  • Boosting energy.
  • Building resistance to yeast infections.
  • Combating pre-menstrual tension, cramps, and backaches
  • Relieving chronic back pain and increasing pain thresholds
  • Building stronger pelvic floor muscles, which can ultimately lead to better sex.

Other Vibrant Nation members were quick to support Enjoying New Life.

ThurmanLady said, “The point of your post is absolutely right. It’s good for you in the sense of maintaining your “female” health. It’s also good for lots of other things, as orgasms are definitely a good thing for your complete well-being.”

Scribbler added, “…Your body is your own personal temple. Treat it with love and respect. ‘Use it or lose it’ applies here – not to mention your sanity is involved. Research indeed that for once has solid merit.”

If it’s been a while since you’ve experimented with self pleasure, be prepared for it to be a bit different than you may remember. As Dr. Pepper Schwartz explains in Vibrant Nation’s Best Lubricants After 50, “What once worked for you may be a bit different now that you’re discovering sex after menopause. If you learned how to masturbate effectively long ago, those techniques may not be work as well today because of the change in hormones, blood flow, lining of the vagina and sensitivity of breasts and clitoris. Your body may have changed and so you might have to re-think how your body wants to be treated now.”

 

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