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Can masturbation hurt me?

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Masturbation will not harm your body. Many teens have heard strange but untrue rumors about what it can do, such as:

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.

The only real risk to masturbation is that it might irritate the skin of the penis. If you're a guy, you can reduce that risk by using a lubricant such as lotion or K-Y Jelly.

  • 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.

From: Masturbation FAQ WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Robbins, C. , August 2011. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine

University of Illinois McKinley Health Center: "Masturbation: Questions and Answers."

Massachusetts General Hospital: "Masturbation."

Rakel, R. Saunders Elsevier, 2011. Textbook of Family Medicine, 8th ed.

Planned Parenthood: "Masturbation."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 22, 2017

SOURCES:

Robbins, C. , August 2011. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine

University of Illinois McKinley Health Center: "Masturbation: Questions and Answers."

Massachusetts General Hospital: "Masturbation."

Rakel, R. Saunders Elsevier, 2011. Textbook of Family Medicine, 8th ed.

Planned Parenthood: "Masturbation."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 22, 2017

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