Most teens don't want to talk about masturbation. Even though it might feel embarrassing to talk about it, many teens do it.
In fact, more than half of 14-year-old boys admit they've masturbated. That means at least one out of every two of your guy friends has done it -- even if they won't admit to it. (About half of the girls in your class are doing it, too.)
Have you ever woken up to find a wet, sticky spot on your underwear or PJs? At first you may have worried that you wet the bed. But if you're going through or have already gone through puberty, you probably had a wet dream.
Doctors call wet dreams "nocturnal emissions." Nocturnal means "at night." Emission is another way to say release.
Wonder what wet dreams are and why you have them? Here are the answers to frequently asked questions that teens have about wet dreams.
You'll run out of sperm and won't be able to have children.
Other people will know just by looking at you.
None of these things is true. Masturbation won't hurt you and no one will know that you're doing it unless you tell them.
About the only risk to masturbation is that it might irritate the skin of your penis. You can reduce that risk by using a lubricant such as lotion or K-Y Jelly.
Is it bad or dirty to masturbate?
Masturbation isn't bad or dirty. It's a normal part of your sexuality. You shouldn't feel any guilt or shame about doing it. Feeling guilty about masturbation can make you think badly about yourself. And that can be unhealthy.
Is it OK not to masturbate?
Whether or not you masturbate is up to you. There is nothing wrong with choosing to do it or not to do it.