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Can masturbating really help reduce menstrual cramps? Here's what we found out

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Go ahead, touch yourself. May is International Masturbation Month—or Masturbation May—and we want to fill you in on a climactic secret. Masturbation relieves stress and helps you understand your body. Furthermore, masturbating also relieves menstrual cramps. Yep, you read that right. The big O is a godsend.

International Masturbation Month was conceived after the U.S. surgeon general, Dr. Joycelyn Elders was fired in 1994. She said that masturbation should be taught in sex-ed. The sex toy company, Good Vibrations, sought to find a solution to the criticism. As a result, International Masturbation Month was born. The month encourages positive dialogue and informative conversation around sex education—and masturbating, of course.


Masturbating makes us feel the obvious. Hint: fantastic. But that’s not all. Masturbating can also help ease the pain we experience once a month when we’re menstruating, so having an orgasm during your period may turn out to be a beneficial solution for your body. Forget the heating pads and Midol; bring out the vibrators.

This has been confirmed by Judith Golden, a sex therapist based in Toronto, who said, yes, masturbating can bring you great joy when you’re on your period. In more ways than one.

“The strength and intensity of an orgasm can relieve cramps,” Golden told Besthealthmag.com. “The hormones released during sexual excitement can also help.”

It also might interest you to know that your pain tolerance goes up while having an orgasm and masturbating increases blood flow, so your period pains may very well vanish during your one-on-one time. Furthermore, masturbating can make us happy, warm, de-stressed, and sleepy. In other words, The big O is sort of a miracle cure.

What are some other benefits of masturbating?

  • Aids morning sickness
  • Helps with migraines
  • Alleviates stress
  • Increases productivity
  • Decreases tension

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