Sexual Health Week runs annually in September and aims to normalise the conversation around sex and relationships for all people.
Something I feel is still fairly taboo when it comes to sexual health is how much of an impact it can have on the rest of your wellbeing, from stress relief and mental health to physical side effects too.
Let’s start with a bit of science, shall we? Masturbation can cause the release of the chemical dopamine into your body and an orgasm releases the hormone oxytocin. Dopamine, in short, is a “happy chemical” which does what it says on the tin – makes you happy – and oxytocin can lower your cortisol levels (with cortisol being something that makes you stressed).
Struggling to sleep? Sleep is one of the main things the human body needs to manage to get by day to day. Getting good, decent sleep helps your immune system to function better, and missing even just one night of sleep can cause similar effects in the brain to anxiety, amongst other reasons for needing it. But how can you help yourself sleep if you’re struggling?
An orgasm can help you sleep due to the release of not only oxytocin, but also serotonin and norepinephrine, which help your body to cycle through REM and deep sleep.
What are some other ways sexual health can impact your day-to-day health?
- Orgasms can help control your appetite.
The release of oxytocin can stimulate the increase of CCK in the body, which helps to control your appetite, which can, in turn, stop you from stress-eating.
- Better skin.
Orgasms can raise levels of estrogen in your body, which prevents the decrease of collagen. Collagen is what helps to maintain the elasticity in your skin and prevents wrinkles.
- Masturbation can help your confidence levels in the bedroom.
How is your partner supposed to know how to get you off if you don’t know how to get yourself off? Bedroom anxiety is a very real thing, but if you learn about your own body, you can feel more confident knowing what to ask for in the bedroom which can help your sexual relationships with partners.
So Divine are a brand that pride themselves on putting sexual health first, and sent me their Wicked Game magic wand* to try out for Sexual Health Week. I was also gifted a bottle of their Sandalwood & Fig Massage Oil* and a bottle of the So Divine Classic Lubricant*.
What I love about this wand is that it’s so much more than just a sex toy. It’s a dual-ended personal massager than can not only be used for masturbation, but for a full-body massage as well. I’ve been really putting this massager through its paces this week. After a lot of walking I’ve been using this with the Sandalwood & Fig massage oil on my legs which really feels like a spa day at home. The oil is lovely, non-sticky and not too heavy, which I love in a massage oil, and the sandalwood scent is so relaxing. All the So Divine lubricants and oils are vegan friendly, too.
As for the massager itself, given that it’s double-ended, it really feels like a treat. Something I love about So Divine as a brand is how much thought they put into their products. This isn’t just a sex toy. It’s something that can be used for sexual health, physical health and on your own or with a partner.
Whereas magic wands can be notoriously loud, the Wicked Game wand is actually surprisingly quiet. It can be submerged in water, charged via the mains (with a plug and cable even included) and comes with its own storage bag. The dual motor, double end vibrations and different pulsating speeds mean you can really tailor your massage to what you need from it, which is exactly what I want when I’m looking for a product to aid with my health and wellbeing.
Thank you so much to So Divine for collaborating with me for Sexual Health Week 2019!
If you’ve got any tips or info on how you combine looking after your sexual health and day-to-day health, drop them in the comments!
*Disclaimer: Products included in this post were provided for review but all opinions are my own.