Self-pleasure obviously feels good, but research shows it’s also central to our well-being. So, in the name of Masturbation Month, we’re sharing a few ways to support your sexual wellness through self-pleasure.

When it comes to supporting your pleasure, it’s never a bad idea to start with the basics—like spending time exploring your body and finding what feels best. A reported 80% of women masturbate at least once a month, and sometimes ditching those go-to moves to consider ones you’ve never tried can help keep things fresh. And, if you’re looking for a little extra support, a clitoral stimulator or warming vibrator may be just what you need to give your solo play a boost. 

According to OB/GYN Dr. Heather Irobunda, engaging in activities that bring you sexual pleasure allows for feel-good chemicals like oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin to be released in the brain. “Vibrators, stimulators and the like allow you to see what works. You can learn more about your body by exploring with them to find out what’s pleasurable and what’s not.” 

Additionally, while focusing on the physical aspect is important, the body and mind are closely connected. Masturbation releases an incredible amount of dopamine, endorphins and oxytocin, connecting the mental you to the physical you. To nourish your body and mind, consider adding daily supplements to your routine for an additional boost of energy and to stimulate your sexual and overall wellness. 

Lastly, let’s just talk about it. Self-pleasure need not be awkward or taboo. The great thing is there’s no one way (or right way) to do it, and the more we discuss it, the more we normalize it.