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Revealed: The benefits of masturbation

It's a surefire cure for that stuffed nose
Masturbating or having sex may help men suffering from hay fever clear those bunged noses, say scientists.

Sina Zarrintan, a neurologist from the Tabriz Medical University in Iran, says that the logic behind this proposition is based on the fact that the nose and the genitals are both connected to the same part of the nervous system that controls certain reflexes – the sympathetic nervous system.

Sex and relationships, benefits of masturbation

The researcher points out that swollen and inflamed nasal blood vessels, irritated either by an infection or by pollen in the air, generally lead to blocked nose.Zarrintan reckons that a well-timed ejaculation, during which the sympathetic nervous system constricts blood vessels across the body, should soothe the swollen nasal blood vessels and, thereby, free the airway for normal breathing.

It can ease restless leg syndrome
A study has suggested that masturbation can be beneficial clinically, as it can help give relief from restless leg syndrome (RLS).

Around 7 to 10 percent of people in the US and Europe suffer from RLS, which is a distressing neurologic disorder characterised by an urge to move the legs, New Scientist reported.

Those suffering from it usually feel unpleasant sensations in the lower limbs such as tingling, aching and itching.

Though drugs that increase dopamine reduces RLS when taken at bedtime, a 41-year-old man with the condition, found complete relief after masturbation or sex.

The authors of the report, Luis Marin and colleagues at the Federal University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, speculate that the release of orgasm-related dopamine might play a role in the alleviation of symptoms.

An orgasm provides one of the biggest natural blasts of dopamine available to us.

When Gert Holstege at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands, and colleagues scanned the brains of ejaculating men, he said the resulting images resembled scans of heroin rushes.

This temporary increase in dopamine may act in a similar way to drugs that mimic the hormone, granting the man in question enough relief from his restless legs to allow him a full night’s sleep.

For some women it's the only way to pleasure
Only about a third of women experience orgasm regularly during intercourse. One third can reach orgasm with intercourse but need extra stimulation. One in three never achieve orgasm during intercourse, but can, by manual and oral stimulation. Having orgasms by means other than intercourse is a normal variation of female sexuality.

About two-thirds of women masturbate at some time in their lives. They may engage in self-pleasuring whether they have a partner or not. Most women experience orgasms through masturbation, and research indicates that these orgasms tend to be more physically intense than those they experience with a partner. This is probably because his absence lets them focus on their own pleasure. Many women have their first orgasm through masturbation.

Japan opens first masturbation bar for women
Love Joule, a colorful new bar in the Shibuya district of Tokyo, is the first "love and sex bar dedicated to women."

Megumi Nakagawa, the bar’s proprietor, explains that typically a bar will have bottles of alcohol lining the wall. The appearance of vibrators, however, provides women with more confidence in speaking about spanking.

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