Oct 2021

How Masturbation Can Alleviate PMS Symptoms

  • By: Samantha Denäe

Masturbation, self is a great way to learn yourself and your body, and honestly, it is pure magic! Typically, our sex drives goes into overtime when it is time for our periods but it is a mess to have, but masturbation can have some positive effects for alleviating your period pain especially if you experience PMS symptoms. 

PMS is caused due to how the body responds to a normal menstrual cycle, which is brought on by the changing levels of estrogen, progesterone, serotonin, the hormone that stabilizes the mood. The decrease of serotonin levels during the onset of the period, can create PMS symptoms, as when estrogen levels drops, so does serotonin. Meaning, serotonin levels are the lowest in the two weeks before the period. 

According to research, there is a six-day window in which you may get extremely aroused and it is typically during your monthly cycle. Called, the "sexual phase”, it starts three days before the triggering of ovulation, and surges during your period.

So, why masturbation? Masturbation can increase the serotonin and dopamine levels (in association with pleasure and reduced stress). When experiencing an orgasm, the body will release prolactin and oxytocin, hormones that helps you sleep restfully. Oxytocin is also a hormone that is a natural pain reliever. It is also thought that once having an orgasm and oxytocin is released, it will help to lower cortisol - the stress hormone, and decrease cramping.

The libido may also feel stronger during your period due to a slight increase of testosterone, the hormone that boosts the sex drive. 

So, if you’re experiencing PMS or cramping pain during your period, try masturbation, it could really help your symptoms. 

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