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Given half a chance, it’s likely that many men reading this article could easily list half a dozen or more things in their life that tend to cause them stress – money issues, relationship problems, sexual worries, in-law conflicts, workplace drama, sibling rivalries, political anxieties, etc. And those are just some of the big general topics, any one of which could have many much more specific sub-topics. Stress is far too big a part of many men’s lives, and it can have a negative impact on their general health, as well as on their penis health, too. Thus it really pays to take steps to limit stress as much as possible. There are numerous ways in which a person can try to mitigate stress; one of the more enjoyable ways is through masturbation.

Why masturbation

Many a man has noticed that his whole body feels more relaxed and that his mood is enhanced after engaging in a pleasurable masturbation session. Why does masturbation help a guy to de-stress? Basically because sex in all its forms, including masturbation, tends to release dopamine (a chemical which relaxes the body and produces a sense of pleasure) as well as oxytocin, which helps a person better deal with anxiety.

But there are other ways that masturbation can help de-stress a person. When a guy masturbates just before bed, he is much more relaxed and more likely to fall asleep more quickly – and that can be especially helpful if a man tends to lie awake tossing and turning at night thinking about work issues or other problems.

In addition, masturbation often helps lower blood pressure, at ;least temporarily, and blood pressure tens to shoot up during high stress times.


Masturbation alone is not likely to help a man totally manage his stress – and there certainly are times when a man simply does not have the luxury of masturbating. But for those interested in incorporating masturbation into a stress management approach, the following may prove helpful.

• Determine if it needs to be scheduled. For some men, the beauty of masturbation is that it can be “slotted in” to his schedule at the spur of the moment. If he becomes aware of high tension, he can sneak away to the men’s room for a quickie and find instant relief. But some men benefit from scheduling it, especially if they are going through a period of consistently high stress. In such cases, they may make it part of their daily wind-down routine or save it for bedtime. They may also schedule it in for, say, the middle of the afternoon, using the promise of a masturbation break as enticement for them to soldier on with their work until break time is here.

• Leave the guilt behind. Although there is much greater acceptance of masturbation today, many men still feel some degree of guilt when they masturbate. This can diminish the degree of stress relief they feel from masturbation. Such men may find benefit in reminding themselves that almost every man masturbates and that it is a perfectly normal activity. Some may find it helpful to repeat a few affirmations – “I am a man, and masturbation is one way I celebrate my manhood” or “I deserve to masturbate; I am using masturbation not just as a source of pleasure (of which I am deserving) but as a way to maintain my health” – before starting to masturbate.

• Enjoy it. The more that a man is able to feel uninhibited while masturbating, the more likely he is to de-stress. If in a private place, he should to moan, shout, curse, wriggle and writhe to his heart’s content.

Masturbation can help to relieve stress, but too aggressive a style can result in rawness – and the need for a first rate penis health creme (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil (, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin). Select a crème with both a high end emollient (like shea butter) and a natural hydrator (like vitamin E) to soothe overworked penis skin. And one with L-carnitine can help protect penis sensation so it is not diminished by aggressive fondling.

Visit for additional information on most common penis health issues, tips on improving penis sensitivity and what to do to maintain a healthy penis. John Dugan is a professional writer who specializes in men's health issues and is an ongoing contributing writer to numerous websites.

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