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Help Me Stop Masturbating!

Published: 12 November 2002
Dear TeenHealthFX,
Please help me stop masterbating! I do it all the time, and I am a Christian... but I am too afraid to tell anyone that I do it all the time. Please give me some ways to stop! :(
Signed: Help Me Stop Masturbating!

Dear Help Me Stop Masturbating!,

FX is sorry to hear you are feeling bad about masturbation, but we want you to know that it is a perfectly healthy thing to do. It's natural for both males and females of any age to want to masturbate. It's a way of expressing yourself sexually, it helps you get to know your body, and it feels good.

The idea, held by some religions, that masturbation as a sin, stems in part from old ideas about sex that we now know are inaccurate. For example, people used to believe that masturbation was wrong because it wasted sperm, while we now know that males produce an unlimited amount of sperm throughout their lives. Other reasons for this are a matter of beliefs about the purpose of sex. For example, some feel that any sexual act not done for the purpose of procreation is immoral - which means that birth control is sinful as well.

While it may be difficult, FX encourages you to figure out how you feel about these issues. All we can tell you is that from our perspective, masturbation is a healthy practice. As long as it's not interfering with your life, it will not cause you any damage. Only you can decide whether you feel it is wrong, but if it is something you choose to continue to do, we hope you will do it without guilt. Is there anyone who is harmed as a result of you experiencing physical pleasure by yourself?

For more information, read the answers to the many questions about masturbation on this site.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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