Feeling stressed? Relieving stress is one of our top reasons to masturbate.
If we look at the brain when a human is experiencing sexual pleasure a whole host of incredible chemical reactions take place – imagine a firework display.
THE “FEEL GOOD” CHEMICAL
This chemical is released from the reward centre of the brain, the adventure chemical; it allows you to ‘act’ romantically, gives you that initial butterfly feeling of falling in love and can take some people to some crazy lengths when ‘in love’. It rewards you by making you feel good about what has happened, what is happening and what is going to happen.
HAPPY & SATISFIED
A potent orgasm may release serotonin, giving you a warm glow to relax and comfort you, and put a wide smile of satisfaction on your face.
THE LOVE HORMONE
Facilitating the bonding between partners, oxytocin creates the feeling of love, tenderness and wellbeing and can create the longing for romantic attachment.
HELPS REPAIR, RENEW AND BUILD CELLS
Testosterone has been found to increase in men when they sense a potential new mate and is what we can thank for the ‘morning glory’ phenomenon - as it is often released when men sleep.
‘LONG-TERM COMMITMENT STAGE’
Vasopressin is released after sex and is arguably key to commitment! A scientific study showed that when male prairie voles were given a drug that suppresses the effect of vasopressin, they lost their devotion and failed to protect their partner from new suitors. The relationship deteriorated immediately.
Next time you feel stress creeping over you, take a moment to think about what chemical reactions you can stimulate. With or without a partner, self-exploration through masturbation is a great way to relieve stress. Go ahead, take some time to yourself and change your mood.