6 surprising health benefits of sex you probably don't know

Suzannah Weiss

Though we often talk about the health benefits of sex, you know there's a long way to go toward a sex-positive society when some people still believe that masturbation is bad for you, that there's no such thing as truly safe sex, that your vibrator will permanently desensitize your vagina, and that watching porn will always lead to addiction.

The truth is, there are a ton of ways that sex and masturbation can boost your physical and mental well-being.

While nobody should ever feel pressured into sex, it's important to remember that you shouldn't feel guilty about doing it either: It's totally acceptable to explore your sexuality just because it feels good and you want to!

But in case you need another reason to get it on (with another person or just by yourself), here are some ways that sexuality, arousal, and orgasm can actually improve your health:

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