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7 Reasons you should be masturbating

Jennifer Wider, M.D., is a nationally renowned women’s health expert, author and radio host. Dr. Wider is a medical adviser to Cosmopolitan magazine.

If you were looking for an excuse to make a date with yourself, here are seven good ones

Ok, maybe you laughed when you read the title of this article. But truth be told, masturbation offers all sorts of physical and mental health benefits. And statistics tell us that you're probably doing it already: according to several studies roughly 80-90 percent of women masturbate; a significant portion of those do so on a regular basis.

So aside from feeling good, here's a sample of what you're taking home in your masturbatory swag bag:

A better night's sleep

When you have an orgasm, hormones are released that can stimulate a sense of warmth and relaxation; perfect to snuggle down afterwards for a good night's sleep!

Cramp relief

Masturbating to orgasm actually increases blood to the pelvic area, alleviating menstrual pain for many women during their cycle.

Lower number of yeast infections

Some studies show a link between the frequency of masturbation and resistance to yeast infections.

Stress relief

The endorphins that get released during an orgasm can trigger a positive feeling in the body, and as a result can calm you down, ease stress and help you relax.

A rockin' sex life

By exploring what feels good, you can definitely clue your partner in on what is enjoyable for you in the future. It increases your self-awareness and helps you understand what you need to have an orgasm.

Fewer UTIs

Certain studies have shown that masturbation can lower your risk of getting a urinary tract infection or UTI by enabling cervical fluid circulation and flushing out bacteria.

Fewer colds

Although controversial, there are a few studies that show masturbation can boost your immunity, which can potentially result in fewer colds. Good news in the middle of flu season!

Needless to say, if you were looking for an excuse to make a date with yourself, here are seven good ones. Otherwise, no excuse needed. Masturbation: it's good for your body and your mind!

Read more from Dr. Jennifer Wider here.

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