Most teens don't want to talk about masturbation. But, even though it might feel embarrassing to talk about it, many teens do it.
In fact, more than half of 14-year-old boys say 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.)
The football players, pro wrestlers, and MMA fighters you see on television may be packing serious muscle. But if you’re a guy in your teens, you have some body-building advantages they would love to have.
During your teen years, you’re in a phase of your life when your body wants to grow. You’re churning out hormones that are specially designed to help you get bigger. And right now you may be able to take in a huge amount of food and use it to build a strong body.
But it's easy to make mistakes...
Here are some honest answers to questions you might have been too embarrassed to ask about masturbation.
What happens when I masturbate?
When you masturbate, you release sexual tension. You'll have what's called an ejaculation. Ejaculation is the release of semen from the penis. Semen is made up of fluid and sperm.
But you may not ejaculate every time you masturbate.
Can masturbation hurt me?
Masturbation will not harm your body. Many teens have heard strange but untrue stuff about what it can do, such as:
You'll go blind.
You'll become mentally ill.
It will stunt your growth.
You'll grow hair or warts on your palms.
You'll never have normal sex with another person.
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 irritating 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. It's not wrong to masturbate, and it's not wrong to decide not to masturbate.
Can I catch an STD if I masturbate?
You can't catch a sexually transmitted disease (STD) from masturbating. You also can't lose your virginity by masturbating.
Can I masturbate too much?
How often you masturbate depends on you.
When masturbation starts to take over your life, then it could be a problem. If you'd rather hang out at home alone and masturbate than be with your friends, arrange to see a therapist or psychologist for help. If you don't know how to do this, ask your doctor or a counselor at school to help you set it up.
What if I have questions about masturbation?
It can be hard to talk about masturbation. You may be too embarrassed to ask your parents or even your friends about it.
Talk to a doctor or health counselor you trust. Their job is to talk to patients honestly about their body. They can answer any questions you have about masturbation.