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Is excessive masturbation unhealthy?

Your Question

I’m a 13 year old girl and I was wondering if excessive masturbating is unhealthy?

Answer

Hi there, 

Thank you for getting in touch with what is on your mind, you have been so brave in reaching out to us in Ask Alex as we know sometimes it can feel scary to expressive our thoughts or concerns. You are wondering if excessive masturbation is unhealthy. 

Firstly, masturbation is completely normal and it is infact healthy to be curious about our bodies and trying to understand what feels good for us.  

You can find some more information about masturbation here spunout.ie/sex-relationships/sexual-health/masturbation-good-for-you 

Masturbation is a personal decision as to if and when you decide to masturbate.  

It is important that if and when you do masturbate that you are alone in a private, safe place. At home, it may be a good idea to have boundaries where family members agree to knock before entering your room/space. This article may help you with setting boundaries: www.childline.ie/how-to-set-boundaries-in-different-areas-of-your-life/. Masturbation isn’t anything to be ashamed of, however, it is considered to be a private matter. 

Another important consideration when masturbating is hygiene and cleanliness. Hygiene has a big part to play in the exploration of your body as you do not wish to cause any infections, which may lead to discomfort or soreness. This means keeping hands and any objects you use clean, before and after you masturbate. 

It can be hard to know what “excessive” means for you and you may wish to talk about this further, Childline are always there to listen. You can call on freephone 1800 66 66 66, or you can start a live chat on www.childline.ie by clicking on the Purple Messenger Button on your screen.  

Take care of yourself,  

Alex 

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