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Used Brush To Masturbate - Could I Have An Infection?

Published: 20 September 2009
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I'm 17 and a virgin. Recently I couldn't help but to use my hair brush for masterbation help. The next day my vagina was realy irritated and swollen. It also had a skin like peeling to it within the lips of my vagina. I am very worried of it being infected. Could there be anything else that it might be? Would I be safe of just letting what ever happens happen. I really don't want to tell my mother. That would be very embarrassing. Thanks for your time. -Xxxx
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Dear Used Brush To Masturbate - Could I Have An Infection?,

 

TeenHealthFX thinks that it is important for you to meet with a doctor as soon as possible if your genital area is irritated, swollen and the skin is peeling. It is possible that in masturbating with the hairbrush you tore the skin and the area subsequently became infected. It would be easy for something like a hairbrush to scratch or break through the skin, and it would definitely be possible for an infection to occur from something like a hairbrush coming in contact with an open wound.

If you feel too embarrassed to tell your mother exactly what happened, just let her know that your genital area seems irritated and swollen and you think you should see a doctor – you can always save the details for a primary care physician, gynecologist, or adolescent medicine specialist.

Masturbation is a healthy and normal act for teens and adults – the medical community considers masturbation to be a natural and harmless expression of sexuality for both men and women. As long as you stay away from using any dangerous or dirty objects while masturbating, it does not cause any physical harm or injury to the body and can be done in moderation throughout a person’s lifetime as part of normal sexual behavior. But, again, it is important to not use any objects during masturbation that could rupture the skin or potentially cause an infection.  

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-6475 for an appointment or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers. You can also contact Girl’s Street – A Young Woman’s Health Program – at 908.522.2555 if you live in northern New Jersey.

 

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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