Skip to content
    Font Size
    A
    A
    A

    Masturbation FAQ

    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.)

    Recommended Related to Teen Boys

    Wet Dream FAQ

    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.

    Read the Wet Dream FAQ article > >

    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.

    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 rumors 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 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.

    Can I catch an STD if I masturbate?

    You can't catch a sexually transmitted disease (STD) from masturbating. You also do not lose your virginity by masturbating.

    Today on WebMD

    Teen BMI Calculator
    fitTOOL
    dancing
    fitARTICLE
     
    Young couple holding hands
    QUIZ
    teen boy doing pushups
    QUIZ
     
    teens flirting
    ARTICLE
    burger and fries
    fitGAME
     
    Young man shaving, close-up
    ARTICLE
    Boy meditating in gym class
    fitSLIDESHOW
     
    Teen boy eating huge slice of pizza
    fitQUIZ
    boy looking at wall
    ARTICLE
     
    teen boy looking at apple
    fitSLIDESHOW
    boy popping pimple on face
    QUIZ