India has treated sex as a taboo subject for too long. That is why one is often skeptical when it comes to discussing topics like intercourse, masturbation, orgasms, and so on. However, it is important to know certain things about sex for a healthy and fulfilling life. Take masturbation for instance. It is natural and common for men and women to masturbate and be curious about the act. There are a number of myths about masturbation that many people believe in. One such myth is that masturbation is a bad thing to do and has no health benefits. You will be surprised to know that apart from the pleasure, there are several health benefits of masturbation everyone should know about. These facts will bust all the myths about masturbation that you might have heard from people. Here are some health benefits of masturbation that nobody tells you about:Also Read - Shameful! Bengaluru Man Masturbates in Front of Woman Journalist After Asking For Address

Masturbation reduces stress and boosts your mood

Masturbation is a natural anti-depressant and stress-buster. Whenever you are stressed after a tiring day at work or your personal life has taken a toll on you, masturbating will help reduce the stress. It releases neurotransmitters that make you feel de-stressed and the same endorphin release that boosts your mood after sex works after masturbation too. Also Read - Something Fishy! Doctors Remove Dead Fish From Chinese Man's Rectum After He 'Accidentally Sat On It'

Masturbation strengthens pelvic and cervix muscles

Your pelvic muscles are hardly in play during regular life activities other than sex. Masturbation employs these muscles thus keeping them active and fit. Studies have shown that female masturbation prevents cervical infections and cancer as the cervix is flexed during masturbation. Also Read - What Even! Harvard Study Advices Couples to Wear Face Mask During Sex To Prevent COVID-19 Spread

It improves sleep

When men ejaculate, it releases chemicals like oxytocin, vasopressin, and prolactin which in turn calms their mind, makes them feel relaxed and helps them sleep better. This is also why you feel like going off to sleep after climax in sex.

Masturbating reduces risk of erectile dysfunction

The act of masturbation keeps your penis active and provides exercise for it to stay healthy. When you masturbate, the blood-flow to your penis increases, therefore keeping its fluids flowing. Studies have shown that men who have sex or masturbate thrice a week have lower chances of erectile dysfunction as compared to those who so it just once or less.

Masturbation prevents prostate cancer

Flushing out old semen and toxins from your body is important to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. According to a Harvard study, those who masturbate around 21 times a month are less likely to develop prostate cancer as compared to those who masturbate around 4 times a month. This is because their body gets rid of carcinogens (that can cause cancer) regularly.

It improves heart health

That’s right. Masturbation is good for your heart too. The act of masturbation increases your heart rate which is good for your cardiovascular health. Studies have shown that masturbating twice a week reduces the risk of heart diseases in people as compared to masturbating or having sex just a couple of times a month.

Strengthens immune system

Masturbation bolsters your immune system and helps you fight diseases like the common cold. It increases the number of cells called leucocytes which help fight foreign substances in the body therefore strengthening your immunity.

Just like the health benefits of having sex, there are several amazing health benefits of masturbation too. This means that you need not hold back when you feel like going at it all by yourself. So do not get deterred by the myths about masturbation and next time someone tells you how bad it is, show them these reasons why it is good for your health.