Each year, there’s a whole month dedicated to that thing we all do but pretend we don’t, allowing International Masturbation Month to pass by uneventfully. We could all do with a bit more love in the world these days but I dont think it’s ever going to happen with such a formal a title; preferring to call a spade a spade, I’m doing my bit and declaring it ‘Wank Week’ from this moment onwards!

So, how do you like your ‘me-time’ when you’re flying solo? Yes, I am really am still talking about the gift that keeps on giving – good old masturbation.

Whether you use your right or your left hand, or just happen to be one of the lucky buggers who’s lucky enough to perform what I like to call, ‘the tug of phwoar’ using both hands, there’s nothing wrong with spending time, and intimately getting to know your body and exploring what turns you on.

Just as taking a shower should be a regular occurrence, so too should be cleaning your pipes, as the health benefits of choking the chicken are plentiful. Here are the 9 reasons why you should firmly grip the matter right now.

1. WANKING MAKES YOU HARDER

With age, you naturally lose muscle tone – even down there. Regular sex or masturbation works out your pelvic floor muscles to prevent erectile dysfunction and incontinence. It keeps the angle of your dangle perky. You must aim to arrive three to five times a week for rock-solid results.

2. WANKING MANAGES PREMATURE EJACULATION

Sex therapists across the globe have found that men who experience premature ejaculation during sexual intercourse can benefit from masturbation about 2 hours before sex. This enables them to have a longer duration of intercourse before another ejaculation comes on.

3. WANKING PREVENTS PROSTATE CANCER

A 2003 Australian study found that men who ejaculated more than five times a week were a third less likely to develop prostate cancer. Disease-causing toxins build up in your urogenital tract and when you rub one out, you flush the bad guys out of your system.

4. WANKING HELPS YOU LAST LONGER

Taking yourself on a date with Rosie Palm and her five sisters may help you stretch your sack sessions. Train yourself by timing how long it takes you to orgasm, if it usually takes two minutes solo, try for three next time; or count how many strokes you need to get to your happy place. If you’re spurting after 50, shoot for 60. Practice makes perfect, right?

5. WANKING IMPROVES SPERM MOTILITY

Some studies found that masturbation improves some quality and motility. “Theoretically, a man masturbating before intercourse releases the residual sperms in the semen transporting tubules. This paves way for new ‘better’ sperms which are released during the sexual act and increase the chances of conception, which can add to your health benefits,” says Dr. Mahesh Nawal, an Indore-based sexologist and President of ASECT.

6. WANKING REDUCES NASAL CONGESTION

Another small study demonstrated reduction of swelling of vessels in the nose during sex and masturbation. This theoretically may improve on symptoms of man-flu aka, the common cold, hay fever, allergic rhinitis and other such health-related ailments.

7. WANKING MANAGES STRESS & DEPRESSION

Masturbation has been used in the management of stress, as it results in release of feel-good hormones in the body, called oxytocin. It has also been found useful in dealing with depression.

8. WANKING UPS YOUR IMMUNITY

Ejaculation increases levels of the hormone cortisol that usually gets a bad rap as a havoc-wrecking stress hormone, however it actually helps regulate and maintain your immunity in the small doses.

9. WANKING BOOSTS YOUR MOOD

Masturbating releases a slew of feel-good neurochemicals like dopamine and oxytocin that lift your spirits, boost your satisfaction, and activate the reward circuits in your brain. An orgasm is the biggest non-drug blast of dopamine available, and benefits your health in more than one way.

Now contrary to what you may have heard at some point in your life, please remember: masturbation will not put hair on your palms, make you go blind, kill a kitten, cause infertility, or a form of self-harm!

So lastly, take pride in every wank from now on because what it does first and foremost is get you off. Additionally it also allows you to understand your body better, help you to release tension, let you explore your own fantasies and pursue sexual pleasures all on your own – after all, your hand isn’t exactly going to say no is it?

Whatever your views on masturbation, consider this – how can you love somebody else, if you don’t know how to love yourself?

About the Author: Amir Hussein

Founder & Master of Occasions at InAnyEvent London. I am on a mission to generate ripples that are felt in the ocean of social culture, and create an eternal legacy of impossibly perfect events that make your everyday ordinary, extraordinary.

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