All About Teen Masturbation
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All About Teen Masturbation

The social stigma surrounding masturbation can make your child feel like there's something wrong with it, while in fact masturbation is a normal, healthy thing that most teenagers do as an act of exploring their sexuality.

Because there is so much talk about masturbation, it is sometimes hard for teens to understand what masturbation is, if it's okay, and to discover what they want sexually. If teens turn to the Internet or their friends to look for information about masturbation, they might not get accurate information. For example, it's a common misconception that masturbation can cause you to go blind, cause impotency, infertility, or any number of STIs, none of which is true. In order to encourage healthy sexual growth in your teen, talking to them about sex and masturbation would be a good idea.

Studies have shown that 80% of males and 59% of females have masturbated by the time they have turned eighteen, so the odds of your son or daughter knowing something about masturbation and sex before you actually talk to them about it are pretty high. When talking to them about sex and masturbation, asking them what they have heard or already know about the subject could be beneficial.

Medically, there is nothing wrong with masturbation. In fact, masturbation has been proven to mentally alleviate stress by releasing endorphins in the brain. While masturbation is somewhat frowned upon socially, it is not a bad action. Masturbation is something that most people will either encounter at some point in their life with sexual partners or discover themselves, and for teens to know that it is a perfectly normal urge to have and a healthy part of sexual development, they will be able to discover themselves as sexual beings in a safe, healthy way.

However, there is nothing wrong if masturbation is not a moral or religious belief for you or your teen, and as such is still something that should be talked about between the two of you. Talking about sex, masturbation, and sexual development with your teen is necessary to removing the stigmas and mystery surrounding it, and can give your teen a better viewpoint of what, exactly, sex is. It can also allow you to find out where they stand, and as such be able to offer your advice on the subject, as well as take the necessary precautions.

For example, if it so happens that your teen is interested in having intercourse but is not confident enough to buy condoms, birth control pills, or another form of birth control, you could potentially buy it for them, based on your beliefs. This way, you know that they are being responsible while having sex, and have the opportunity to educate them further on being safe.

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