We talk about this a lot, but seriously, masturbation is so good for you it’s, like, wild. Orgasms can help relieve stress and making them happen for yourself allows you to get in touch with your body like nobody’s business. Allegedly, there is another magical outcome of making yourself come, but it sounds almost too good to be true. It has been said that masturbating (and orgasms in general) can help alleviate the pain of menstrual cramps. If you’re raising your eyebrows right now, know that you’re not alone.


However, most medical professionals actually confirm the potency of this trick, to a degree. Toronto-based sex therapist Judith Golden told Besthealthmag.com that "the strength and intensity of an orgasm can relieve cramps. The hormones released during sexual excitement can also help." The article also states 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.”


As we wrote in our guide to PMS, cramps happen when your uterus contracts in order to shed its lining, giving you what you would call your period.Though lame, the cramps are actually the reason why you’re able to expel all that blood and unused tissue! It’s important to know that, according to Planned Parenthood, ultra severe cramps can be an indication of the following: Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (an infection in your reproductive organs), Endometriosis (a condition where the lining of your uterus grows outside of your uterus), Adenomyosis (when the tissue that lines your uterus grows into the muscle wall of your uterus), Fibroids (non-cancerous tumors that grow inside your uterus, in the walls of your uterus, or on the outside of your uterus).


It’s not exactly as easy as pushing a button and turning off your cramps—but let’s get started on that right away, Science!—but the sexual arousal and release of an orgasm is an excellent tool for fending off those painful tummy crushers—and helping with a bunch of other woes in the process. Talk about good vibrations.

 

by Emma Glassman-Hughes

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