The UK’s National Health Service has recently received a peculiar proposal from a prominent sex toy manufacturer about improving people’s mental health via a somewhat hands-on approach, the Daily Star reports.
According to the newspaper, an open letter penned by LELO UK to the Department of Health suggested prescribing masturbation to help alleviate stress, as a survey conducted by the company showed that 78 percent of Brits say orgasms make them happier, while 66 percent of respondents claim they feel more productive after experiencing an orgasm.
"We call on the Department of Health to act now and review and refresh the current practices when treating wellness issues, and to include the prescription of masturbation and self-pleasure to patients as and where needed as part of a wider wellness programme", said Marcella Zanchi, a marketing specialist for the company.
A sex therapist at LELO UK named Kate Moyle also suggested that masturbation can help one build their "sexual self-confidence", while the release of the hormone oxytocin, which occurs during orgasm, "can lower cortisol levels".
"Potentially recommended as a part of an integrated wellness programme, masturbation could be of benefit to some patients, when put forward with confidence and educative information", she remarked.
Many social media users, however, seemed rather amused by the news.
Interesting, it appears that by accident I've been giving some good medical advice to people I don't like over the years ........— Vince Cordall (@VinceCordall) 26 ноября 2019 г.
I wonder if there will be a generic version at the pharmacy?— Some Loser Named Steve (@Laramie_Slims) 26 ноября 2019 г.
I hope they won’t charge prescription fees— MushyMelbowHead (@MushyMelbowHead) 26 ноября 2019 г.
And what you gonna tell all those stressed out kids.... Go do one?— Tony Smith (@lonewol18745310) 26 ноября 2019 г.
And a few of them apparently had some unflattering things to say about NHS.