Does Female Masturabation Cause Hormonal Imbalance
“Masturbating has long been a taboo topic for women. In many cultures and religions it’s considered improper or even sinful to touch one’s genitals. But today more and more women are feeling comfortable enough with their sexuality that they’re exploring the idea of self-pleasure. However, while masturbating is something most people do at least once, female masturbation remains an area of controversy amongst medical professionals who generally see it as either medically unnecessary or potentially harmful. Some doctors have claimed that female masturbation can actually disrupt a woman’s natural hormonal balance. This article will explore whether this claim is factually accurate and what exactly happens when we masturbate.
Female Masturbation Basics
The clitoris is the organ primarily responsible for sexual pleasure for females (though some men also enjoy stimulating the clitoris). The main function of the clitoris is to create intense stimulation during sex and orgasm. Women typically reach climax through manual stimulation by a partner or through masturbation. While men may masturbate using only hands, women tend to use other objects such as vibrators and dildos. The reason why women choose to masturbate rather than simply having intercourse is because intercourse requires two partners, whereas masturbation can be done solo. It’s important to note that masturbation does not always occur naturally — it may require training, practice, or effort on the part of the person doing the touching.
Hormones and Masturbation
When discussing hormones and masturbation, there are three types of hormones which are relevant: estrogens, progesterone, and testosterone. Estrogen and progesterone are both produced naturally by the ovaries, and testosterone is made from male testes. All of these hormones play an essential role in maintaining healthy reproductive systems and regulating menstruation, fertility, and pregnancy. There are several different ways in which each type of hormone affects our bodies. For example, estrogen acts as a lubricant for internal organs like the vagina and uterus, helps maintain bone density, and regulates fat distribution within cells. Progesterone protects against uterine infections, reduces menstrual bleeding, increases milk production after childbirth, and prevents endometriosis. Testosterone works with estrogen to increase muscle mass, regulate body temperature, promote hair growth, and help keep skin moist.
Because all of these hormones are so integral to proper functioning of the human reproductive system, any change in hormone levels can affect reproduction. One common concern regarding masturbation centers around how it might impact hormone levels. When we masturbate, we stimulate certain parts of our genitals which contain nerve endings sensitive to particular hormones. As such, masturbation can lead to changes in hormone levels. These changes are usually very mild, however, and won’t result in any lasting effects. Here’s a look at how masturbation impacts various hormones:
As mentioned earlier, the primary effect of estrogen on the body is to moisturize internal tissues. Because of this, increased estrogen levels are associated with improved vaginal mucus quality (which makes sex easier), thicker breast tissue (making breasts firmer and larger) and better regulation of weight gain. A decrease in estrogen levels, conversely, results in thinner vaginal walls, less firm breast tissue and more rapid weight loss. During masturbation, the clitoris is often stimulated which leads to release of high amounts of estrogen into the blood stream. This causes an immediate drop in estrogen levels. Afterward, however, the level of estrogen returns back to normal. Thus, while masturbation can temporarily lower estrogen levels, they return to normal quickly afterward.
Like estrogen, progesterone plays a key role in supporting the health of the reproductive system. Its primary function is to protect the lining of the uterus (endometrium) and prevent infection. Increased progesterone levels can improve the strength of the cervix, make birth control pills work better, boost milk supply postpartum, and reduce symptoms of PMS. Similarly, when we masturbate, the clitoral gland releases large quantities of progesterone into the bloodstream. Like estrogen, this causes a temporary drop in progesterone levels. Afterward, however, the level of progesterone returns to normal. Therefore, although masturbation can briefly lower progesterone levels, they’ll return to normal shortly thereafter.
Testosterone is the major sex hormone produced by males. It stimulates muscle development, enhances sperm count, maintains libido, improves mood, supports bone density, builds strong bones, strengthens the immune system, and promotes hair growth. Similar to progesterone, when we masturbate, the clitoral gland releases large quantities of testosterone into the bloodstream. Unlike progesterone, however, this causes an immediate spike in testosterone levels. Once again, this causes a temporary rise in testosterone levels. Afterward, the level of testosterone returns to normal. Since masturbation doesn’t directly influence the ovaries, its effect on testosterone is negligible.
In conclusion, since hormones fluctuate naturally anyway, masturbation itself isn’t likely to cause any significant changes in hormone levels. If anything, it may slightly delay the recovery of certain hormones to pre-masturbation levels. Overall, the short term effects of masturbation on hormone levels aren’t worth worrying about.”
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