Queensland Health in Australia is urging the public to masturbate.
The department issued the public health message on Thursday morning, November 4, advising people to ‘Give Yourself a Hand’, promoting the health benefits of masturbation.
In the Facebook post, Queensland Health explains that “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 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 latest article published by Queensland Health outlines the physical and mental health benefits while encouraging healthy conversation about masturbation.
According to Queensland Health, Masturbation leads to increased endorphins that influence mental wellbeing, can help reduce menstrual cramps, and can lead to body positivity.
Other added benefits also include protection from sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy as a form of safe sex.