If you’re a woman who has indulged in a sex toy or two, you’ll know that it has the ability to transform not only the masturbation experience, but also helps one to achieve stronger and more powerful orgasms. In short, using a sex toy is a quite the delight.
But did you know that there are actual medical and mental health benefits for women who use sex toys? Here are eight reasons why you should continue giving yourself pleasure.
- A Fun Cure for Vaginismus
Vaginismus is a condition that mostly affects women between the ages of 26 and 35 (as found by a study conducted by Women’s Therapy Clinic in the U.S). It’s a condition that brings women pain when something is inserted into the vagina, due to involuntary muscle spasms.
Things such as using a tampon, inserting a menstrual cup, undergoing a pap smear during a gynaecological visit, or engaging in sexual intercourse brings agony for women experiencing this condition. But studies have found that using a vibrator helps to alleviate some of the discomfort experienced by creating a sedative effect for the pelvic floor muscles. In this way, you’re feeling physically more comfortable and relaxed.
- Sexual Healing Post-Child Birth
Using a vibrator after child birth not only gives you a little pleasurable boost, but also helps in one’s recovery. Using this sex toy helps to increase blood flow in the pelvic region, thus speeding up the healing process. It also strengthens the vaginal tissue, bringing about more elasticity while keeping the tissue stronger.
- Achieving Orgasm
For many women (three quarters, according to a 2009 study), achieving orgasm during sex is extremely difficult or almost impossible. This is also due to the fact that a majority of women find themselves climaxing with clitoral stimulation as opposed to penetration.
For those feeling a low sex drive or lack of sexual arousal at all, toys, candles, and massage oils can prove to be very relaxing and sexually stimulating.
During menopause women experience, among other things, vaginal dryness. This is obviously not ideal when it comes to maintaining a healthy sex life. Using sex toys however promote vaginal lubrication, and improves sexual sensation, helping women during menopause to feel a higher sex drive and more pleasure.
- Spice Up Your Relationship
Adding a sex toy to your relationship, while it may seem daunting for you or your partner, is actually a positive step. It’s a way in which to spice up your sex life if you feel that it’s perhaps a bit stale, and it’ll help change things up in a new and exciting way.
What’s also great, is that you don’t only necessarily have to use a sex toy for women. There are many toys for him that may be equally as thrilling for both of you. Combine toys for him and her, or even go as far as trying some other kinky fun such as light BDSM or wearing sexy lingerie, and you’ll certainly reap the benefits.
- Anxiety and Depression
A common side effect for those who take SSRI’s for treatment of anxiety or depression, is a lack of arousal and a low sex drive. This can be utterly frustrating, becoming yet another factor in your mental state.
Making use of a sex toy, such as a magic wand, can do wonders for your libido and make you feel more at ease, relaxed and happy at the same time. According to Rachel Brodsky, a magic wand is the “LBD of vibrators,” and assisted tremendously in her achieving great orgasms during her usage of SSRI’s.
- Stress and Pain Relief
When you orgasm, endorphins are released in the brain. Endorphins are the “happy hormones” that give off a feeling similar to that of morphine, and leave you feeling less stress, and more joy and positivity.
But these hormones don’t just relieve stress! They also reduce the perception of pain. For that reason, many doctors and sexual health professionals highly recommend masturbating during your period. Doing so will not only relieve those painful cramps, but will also aid in your period ending sooner. This is because, when a woman orgasms the muscles contract and expand, expelling blood. Interesting, isn’t it?
Here are just eight reasons why you should consider using a sex toy, but the golden reason is very simple: it feels great! Go out and embrace your sexuality – whether alone or with your partner!
Helena Lorimer, Sexual Health and Wellness Expert at JOUJOU