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Health Information For Teens
I’d like to know if it’s ‘OK’ to masturbate. Recently, when I’m by myself, I use it as a stress reliever, and I feel great afterward. But I see online sites that are saying it’s ‘wrong’ and ‘dirty.’ I really want to find out whether it’s normal or weird. – Shea*
From a medical standpoint, there is nothing wrong with masturbation. It’s perfectly normal for both guys and girls to masturbate. Masturbation can release sexual tension, as well as other tensions.
Masturbation goes against the beliefs of some religions and other groups. That’s probably why you’re finding conflicting information online. The TeensHealth doctors can only weigh in on the health effects: Masturbation cannot affect a person’s physical health in any way.
Rumors about masturbation causing physical problems are not true. Masturbation can sometimes conflict with a person’s religious beliefs or personal values. But it will not:
If you have questions about masturbation, consider talking to your parent or ask your doctor.
*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.
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