Okay, so maybe you’ve never thought about why men masturbate, but perhaps you should. Masturbation is, thankfully, becoming a frequent topic of conversation and is no longer relegated to the shadows and looked on shamefully. There’s more to stroking the salami than just a few minutes of pleasure. Experts now encourage men to take a little time to love on themselves for a wide range of reasons. It’s the only kind of immediate gratification that has long-term compounding benefits. Here are some reasons why men masturbate. You may know some and some, well, they may inspire you to say hello to your little friend a little more often.

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Seven Reasons Why Men Masturbate

It Feels Good

Sure, it’s the obvious reason, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be omitted. Orgasm produces oxytocin, the feel-good, love hormone, giving a man all those warm fuzzies.

It’s Free

Again, an obvious point, but one that should be stated. When the rent is due, and things are looking tight, masturbation is one of the most pleasurable activities that a man can do that costs him nothing. It’s a nice reminder that some of the best things in life are indeed free.

It Improves Sleep

Many a man uses masturbation instead of Ambian. Why? Studies show that the chemicals produced by masturbating to climax increases sleep latency, which is a fancy way of saying how quickly someone falls asleep. Men release a mixture of brain chemicals, including norepinephrine, serotonin, oxytocin, vasopressin, nitric oxide, and the hormone prolactin, which all lead to greater relaxation and a fast track to lullaby land.

It Reduces Prostate Cancer

Several clinical studies are finding that regular ejaculation, like that produced by masturbation, decreases the risk of prostate cancer. Looking for a specific number of times you need to pencil in some strokin’? An Italian 2016 study found that men who climaxed at least 21 times each month experienced a 20 percent reduction in the likelihood of prostate cancer. It’s like loving yourself twice!

Beat Stress by Beating Off

Despite being a great pun, beating stress off with your stick is an ideal way to manage anxiety and worry in your daily life. The dopamine released during orgasm alters a man’s mood because it releases built-up stress, induces relaxation, and boosts happy feelings.

 It’s a Workout in Itself

What if you could tone up, get better sleep, and perform better in and out of the bedroom? Simply add a little wank to your Wednesday.  Masturbation releases muscle cramping and improves the muscles in the pelvis and anal areas. Oh yeah, it also leads to better sex.

Tips for Pre and Post Self-Love Care

Be sure to give your penis some TLC before and after your solo sesh. First, manscape the grounds. Keeping pubes nice and neat is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it also protects against those tiny hairs getting caught in places that can pull, which does not feel so good.

Next, keep the penis as clean and fresh as possible. Always wash immediately after masturbating, being sure to use warm water and a gentle cleanser. Be thorough but gentle. Rinse well and pat or air dry. Remember, penile skin is very delicate!

Finally, take that extra step and apply a specially formulated penis health crème  (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which has been clinically proven safe and mild for skin) to soften and fortify the skin. This type of crème is specially created to preserve penis sensitivity and prevent against tiny cuts and scrapes, which can lead to irritation and infection. Use after every washing for best results.