Masturbation—or sexually pleasuring yourself—can bring a lot of good into your life. I like to refer to it [as being on the same level of importance] as eating, sleeping, and brushing our teeth. Think of this as a primer or reminder of why you should touch yourself, bust out a toy, or otherwise go after it in the way that delights you most. As Dr. Getting to orgasm often requires putting any stressful thoughts out of your mind, and then the wave of pleasure compounds that effect.
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Masturbate, of course! The fact that it feels phenom is reason enough to get down with your bad self. I know what you're thinking: duh! But if you're looking to avoid pregnancy or eliminate your risk of STIs, masturbation is the way to go, says Wendasha Jenkins Hall , PhD, a sex educator and researcher. All the pleasure, none of the risk! Try masturbating!
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Plus, in addition to being safe and feeling real damn good, masturbation can improve body positivity, promote sleep, and instantly improve mood. We love to see it. You're welcome! Just like you would with your significant other, get yourself "ready" for the occasion.
Here's the lowdown on how to subscribe to Allure's print edition for more beauty routines, recommendations, and features. Masturbation can sometimes feel daunting. I also get frustrated by how easily I can get thrown off course, or about how particular I am with my environment. Ultimately, though, I feel happy to have one reliable way to get myself off. I know from my experience as an educator that there are many, many others who have yet to find a way they like to do it.