A Queensland Health campaign encouraging people to masturbate and "give yourself a hand" is going viral.
The post shared to the Queensland Health Facebook page, which seeks to "normalising sex-positive messages", has caused a stir among followers attracting thousands of hilarious comments since it was posted on Thursday.
"Masturbation is a normal and healthy part of a person’s sexual experience and a great way to discover what you are comfortable with," the post reads.
"The best part is, it’s for everyone — and also offers a wealth of health and sexual health benefits!
"It’s important for us all to work towards normalising sex-positive messages about masturbation to reduce associated feelings of shame and fear, and improve overall sexual health and literacy."
The post also included a link to an article which addresses stigmas and provides recommendations for parents and carers to consider before talking to their children about masturbation.
Despite the importance of the message, of course plenty of people couldn't resist joking around in the comments.
"Just brilliant! I wonder when all the funny comments will reach a climax?" one person quipped.
"In these hard times we need to all pull together," one person joked, while another wrote: "Old ‘Happy Harold’ never told me about this."
Plenty of others also thanked QLD Health for the "important" post.
"This is such an important topic!! Teaching our children to explore their bodies and get to know what is enjoyable, what’s not and to understand what is healthy has been a taboo topic for far too long! Thank you Queensland Health for this post!”
Health benefits of masturbating regularly
There is no shortage of health benefits to be had from masturbating. As an expert from sex toy retailer Wild Secrets explained to Yahoo Lifestyle previously, self-pleasure releases a whole wave of endorphins and hormones that work together to boost your mood and can even relieve pain from headaches, muscle soreness, and menstrual cramps.
A bit of self-loving for vagina-having people can also help keep your vagina healthy, our expert says, as it can increase the pH levels to prevent yeast infections and promote healthy flora, and she says, “post-climax urination can also reduce the risk of developing a urinary tract infection”.
Masturbating before bed can help you drift off with those same lovely calming and stress-relieving endorphins rushing through your body to help you get a better night’s sleep.
Beyond the physical effects, masturbation can also help your relationship with yourself. Think about it: you’re the only person who’s with you forever.
It’s important to take care of yourself, and that includes how you feel and think about yourself. Being intimate with yourself can really help you discover what you enjoy and what makes you feel the most pleasure which is so vitally important for building your sexual confidence.
Finding out what you enjoy alone can help you communicate what you enjoy with a partner, and that can only make things better.
While doing things the ‘old-fashioned way’ can work for you, there are so many new toys to help bring your experience of self-pleasure to a climax.
Gone are the days of the sad plain coloured vibrator that you buried under books and other assorted mess in your bedside table – these days, the range of tools to help you experience your best orgasm is amazing, and doesn’t just focus on penetration to get things going.
Additional reporting by Alex Anastassiou.
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