That thing we all do could be the best medicine ever.

Leading sex brand LELO is urging the department of health to open up to the idea of prescribing masturbation to patients as part of a wellness programme over a range of stress-related health problems.

LELO’s UK sex therapist Kate Moyle commented: “Sexual wellness is a part of all-round wellness, and as a Psychosexual Therapist it is clear to see that when there are challenges in our sex lives and sexuality, that can impact other aspects of our health and wellbeing. 

There’s a lot of research to show that having a handy shandy can relieve a variety of ailments because it boosts endorphins, reduces stress, improves sleep, improves immune system functioning, and can help with menopausal symptoms.

Could help patients

Moyle continues, “The function of pleasure is to make us feel good; and self-pleasure and masturbation can have positive benefits for our health in a variety of ways, including the release of the hormone oxytocin which can lower cortisol levels, getting to know our bodies better, and building sexual self-confidence.

“Potentially recommended as a part of an integrated wellness programme, masturbation could be of benefit to some patients, when put forward with confidence and educative information.”

It’s NORMAL

In addition to the wealth of positive side-effects, masturbation has also been linked to an improved self-esteem and body image – championed by a wave of feminists who helped women discover sex-positivity. And in 1972, the taboo of self-masturbation was finally lifted when the American Medical Association declared it “normal”. 

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An Marcella Zanchi LELO UK Marketing Specialist commented: “We call on the Department of Health to act now and review and refresh the current practices when treating wellness issues, and to include the prescription of “masturbation” and self-pleasure to patients as and where needed as part of a wider wellness programme.”

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