Solo Sex for Period Pain: Become Part of the Menstrubation Initiative

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Every month many women suffer from pain and discomfort during their period. While pain pills offer quick relief, there are other ways, too. In fact, orgasms can relieve abdominal cramps and ensure that women feel comfortable in their own skin again. Womanizer and Lunette are championing masturbation during menstruation – they not only believe this is important but have jointly launched the Menstrubation Initiative.

Stop the gender health gap!

Women are often neglected in medicine and research. For example, it was not until 1998 (seriously!) that the full size of the clitoris was discovered. Even today, topics such as menstruation and masturbation are still considered taboo. No wonder that physical complaints such as period pains have not been adequately researched. Women are often told to simply  “take an Ibuprofen and make yourself a hot water bottle”. But this needs to change. For this reason, and to celebrate the annual Masturbation Month of May, Lunette and Womanizer are jointly launching the Menstrubation (Menstruation + Masturbation) initiative.

Become part of the Menstrubation Initiative

Masturbation during your period? This is still a taboo for many women. It’s a shame because solo sex can help against pain – well,  it’s actually the endorphins that are produced in the body during orgasm. That’s why Womanizer and Lunette are launching the Menstrubation Initiative. We are looking for 1000 women worldwide who have to deal with severe menstrual pain every month and want to become part of the community. All will be equipped with a Womanizer STARLET 2 in Cherry Red and a 3-month pack of organic tampons. Then the fun begins! For three months – that is, three cycles – the prescription to counteract stomach cramps is masturbation and sex toy use instead of painkillers. You fill out a questionnaire before, during, and after this test phase, and document your experiences either in writing or by video. The results are then evaluated and shared anonymously. The initiative starts on May 1st, so sign up!

And here are the results!

First, the participants made a list of the symptoms that typically accompany their menstruation. These symptoms were the starting point for the study. During the three-month test phase, the test subjects were asked to avoid painkillers and to masturbate instead.

Each month, they recorded the level of their period symptoms and then returned to their usual pain relief. The post-test period survey revealed whether and how masturbation affected period pain.

Here are the key findings:

  • 90 percent of respondents said they would recommend masturbation for period pain relief to others
  • 85 percent confirmed they would continue this masturbation routine after the study was over
  • Approximately one-third masturbated 4-7 times per month, or at least once per week
  • 70 percent said masturbation affected the intensity of their pain. 62 percent of them confirmed that it got “somewhat” better, and for 31 percent it got “very” much better
  • 42 percent reported regular masturbation reduced the frequency with which period pain occurred

Regular masturbation had an almost immediate effect on the intensity as well as frequency of period pain. In both cases, we saw a steady decrease over the course of the test months. -Dr. Jones, Sex Therapist

The reasons why orgasms can help against pain

First, a look at the numbers: Womanizer conducted a 6-month international study with 500 women with the aim of finding out whether orgasms are better pain killers. The result was that more than 95 percent of participants confirmed that they had less menstrual pain due to masturbation. Around 80 percent were able to go completely without painkillers and nine out of ten women stated that they generally felt happier and more relaxed.

Womanizer finally wants to destigmatize female masturbation. The results show that it is positive and healthy to choose masturbation over painkillers.

– Johanna Rief, Head of Sexual Empowerment at Womanizer

But why do orgasms help against pain?

First of all, as sexual excitement increases, other sensations in our consciousness take a back seat. Pain too. Relaxation in the body displaces negative feelings. In addition, the brain produces its own painkillers during sex, namely endorphins. These hormones work in a similar way to morphine – only they are much healthier. Good reasons to have a round of solo sex during menstruation, right?

The lack of studies on women’s health has motivated us to take matters into our own hands.

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A few years ago, Julia Heyne moved to Berlin. Not because of love, but to deal with love on a daily basis. She headed the erotic department at for seven years and because that wasn't enough love, lust and passion, she wrote a book about online dating in 2016. Today she has renounced online dating, but continues to write for O*Diaries about the most beautiful minor matter in the world. In her spare time, she also enjoys unromantic things like mountaineering, reading and ghostwriting for various book projects.