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What's the Deal with Masturbation?

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It is perfectly normal for boys and girls to masturbate.

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Question: What's the Deal with Masturbation?
It is normal for gay and straight teens to masturbate. Though not everyone masturbates, most people touch their own genitals at some point during their lives.
Answer:

Masturbation is perfectly health and safe and simply refers to touching your own body for sexual pleasure. It's common for people of all sexual orientations whether your a teen or an adult, single or in a relationship.

Masturbation is a great way to explore your sexuality without worrying about the emotional complications that can come with partner sex. It is also a form of safer sex. That's because you can't contract a sexually transmitted infection from yourself.

When it comes to safer sex, a 2011 study published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, even found that teens who masturbate are more likely to be sexually active with a partner and to practice safe sex.

Interestingly, the study also found that boys report masturbating more frequently than do girls. Of course, this is not automatically a sign that boys actually touch themselves that much more frequently. The findings could also reflect the fact that it is still more socially acceptable for boys to masturbate and girls might feel more embarrassed reporting the practice even in an anonymous survey.

Sometimes people worry that masturbation is somehow wrong or bad for them. It's not. In fact, masturbation is a great way to learn about your body and reduce stress. Plus, people who masturbate, are often better able to show a partner what they enjoy sexually.

Here are some myths that you might have heard about masturbating.

  • It is only for lonely people who can't get a date.
  • People who masturbate are perverts.
  • Masturbation will prevent you from enjoying sex with a partner.
  • Masturbation will use up all a guy's sperm or make a girl sterile.
  • Masturbation will make you go blind, cause hair to grow on your palms or give you acne.

Look, a lot of people masturbate and that's A-OK. But it's also cool if you decide it's just not your thing. Like any other sexual act, different strokes work for different folks. But if you choose not to masturbate, it should be because you aren't interested, not because you have been given outdated misinformation.

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