- by Dr A Chakravarthy
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- Jul 17 2017
Health benefits of female masturbation
It is true that female masturbation is considerably less common in comparison to male masturbation. According to the National Health and Social Life, 39 percent of American women ages 18 to 60 reported masturbating during the previous year, compared to 61 percent of American men. There are numerous benefits attached with female masturbation, however practicing masturbation techniques are particularly more for beneficial for older women.
Benefits of female masturbation
With growing age, our body undergoes number of normal physical changes which affects our sex life. The good news is that all these changes aren’t bad: Aging can have positive affects on the sexuality. For example, some women report freedom to sex in older ages as they do not have to worry about birth control issues anymore. However, on the other hand some women also experience emotional or physical changes which make sex less enjoyable for them.
During the older age, women commonly experience the physical changes in the vagina. As she ages, her vagina becomes shorter and narrow. Also, without regular supply of estrogen, the walls of vagina turns thin and stiff which results in vaginal dryness. This lack of lubrication or wetness makes intercourse painful for women.
Practicing masturbation techniques in older age helps in solving this problem. Masturbation stimulates brain to produce physical changes in the vagina. Cathy K. Naughton, MD. Director of the Metropolitan Urological Specialists’ Center for Sexual Health said, ‘masturbation, which may include stimulation of clitoris, urethra, and vagina, activates various neural pathways responsible for clitoral swelling, vaginal congestion, lengthening of the vagina, and lubrication’.
Age is not the only reason for vaginal dryness and painful sex. Even the lack of sexual arousal contributes to these problems. Practicing masturbation techniques helps in getting sexually aroused on frequent levels which is quite beneficial for older women who are experiencing less lubrication and more pain during sex.
All those women who do not have an active sexual life because of divorce, ill-partner, widowed can go for masturbation techniques as a satisfying substitute for sexual intercourse.
Sexual arousal in older women
According to researchers, there are no differences between premenopausal and postmenopausal women when it comes to being physically able to get sexually aroused. During the research, when researchers looked at the vaginal congestion in response to erotic stimulation, they found that increased circulation of blood to the walls of vagina is the marker of sexual arousal and that the older women become aroused when they were stimulated just as the younger women.
If problems like vaginal dryness are affecting your sexual life, try out masturbation techniques. But be sure to address any feelings of guilt you may have when it comes to masturbating to enjoy the act fully. You can also use masturbation techniques to compensate for lack of sexual satisfaction but make sure you avoid using masturbation to mask the problems which you may be having in your sex life with your partner.
Dr further added, ‘from a medical perspective, masturbation is physically safe and can offer individuals practice and sexual self-esteem. However, it may be problematic if it is associated with excessive guilt or used compulsively to avoid intimacy’.
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