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Is it ok to masturbate?

When teens go through puberty, their bodies are changing and their hormones are out of control. They begin to experience intense sexual feelings towards people of the opposite sex, or even the same sex. Arousal of the sexual organs is a perfectly normal thing. Along with this arousal is the natural feeling to want to self gratify, and masturbation becomes a method for doing this.
Masturbation is the act of self gratification through the arousal of the sexual organs that leads to an orgasm. In males, the stimulation of the penis will lead to the ejaculation of sperm, when the male is developed enough to produce sperm. In females, the stimulation of the clitoris and vagina will lead to an orgasm where a physical ejaculation may or may not occur. It’s also important to understand that some females will ejaculate a fluid, that is not urine, during an orgasm, and this is something that is a normal, natural occurrence.

So what if masturbation is a part of your life? If masturbation is something you feel ashamed for doing, you are not alone. Many teens experience feelings and act on their hormones in ways that make masturbation a part of their lives. Since masturbation is seldom talked about, it’s hard to tell how many teens experience it. The important thing to remember is that you are not the only one who is masturbating.

Some teens may choose masturbation as an alternative to sexual intercourse, where the consequences of sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy and destroyed emotions are prevalent. Masturbation provides an outlet to control the intense sexual feelings and urges that teens experience. It can also help develop healthier relationships where the pressures of sexual intercourse are subdued.

Masturbating is not an unnatural thing, and teens are not alone in their confusion about the topic. It may be hard to find someone to trust that will want to even discuss it. The important thing teens can do is trust their own instincts.

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