You'll Feel Happier
Sure, you might feel happier after an orgasm (who couldn't, right?), but you'll actually feel happier in general if you start masturbating regularly, says Kirk.
So, if you start to notice yourself smiling on that damn NYC subway — something that's pretty unlikely — it could be because you started your day with a morning quickie. A suggestion: try the Pure Enrichment Peak Wand Massager ($70).
And, even if you didn't wake up early enough, your hormones change based on habitual behavior, so as long as you're making time to masturbate sometime during the day, your hormones will change accordingly, says Kirk.
"Many hormones, including oxytocin and endorphins, are positively affected by regular masturbation, which can lead to a lighter mood and an overall feeling of wellness," says Kirk.
Here's why life just feels good. "When oxytocin is secreted in your body, it helps release those wonderful endorphins. Because of these natural opiates, sex — and specifically, an orgasm — become a powerful analgesic, elevating the pain threshold," says Kirk. Plus, get this: oxytocin spikes three to five times higher than usual just before orgasm, actually triggering it. It can also be elevated through touch, she says.
What's more, regular masturbation can build self-esteem and confidence, and you can channel that energy in the bedroom when with your partner.