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In case you needed another reason to masturbate (which you don't, but here you go anyway), it's this: A good old-fashioned pleasure sesh can help alleviate menstrual cramps.

No, really!

In fact, it may actually be the best solution, according to OB/GYN Dr. Alyse Kelly-Jones in an interview with Aly Walansky for The Berry.

“Orgasms help strengthen the pelvic floor and improve blood flow to the genitals,” Dr. Kelly-Jones said. And during orgasm, your tolerance for pain goes up — hence the sweet, sweet relief.

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Family nurse practitioner Sandy Knauf hasn't seen any research proving that masturbation really does solve period cramp problems, she told Kotex, but acknowledged that orgasm releases feel-good chemicals in the brain and "in that respect, I would agree that masturbating might help with your period cramps."

If it helps you, she said, then go for it.

In short: Masturbation is a godsend, and if you're not doing it already, then get on that, STAT — doctor's orders.

h/t The Berry