MASTURBATION – A SEXUAL GUIDE FOR TEENAGERS THAT ARE EXPLORING THEMSELVES!

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Masturbation is one of the most natural processes for the human body. However, when it
comes to masturbation in teenagers, it’s more of an exploration of their bodies and
understanding their sexuality and preferences. The topic of masturbation has been highly
debated among parents and teenagers and while both may have conflicting interests, it is
necessary to understand the pros and cons of the act. Here is a simple sexual guide to
masturbation that may have you understand the nitty gritty.

The Importance Of Masturbation
In simple words, Masturbation means stimulation of the genitals by hands for sexual
pleasure. The act is important mostly because it is a natural process and needs to be
understood as the same. Masturbation is a healthy way to explore one’s body, understand
your sexual needs, educate yourself on your body and the opposite gender’s body parts and
the functioning of your sexual organs.

When Is The Right Age?
There is no specific or right answer to this. However, it is noticed that most teenagers start
to find interest in their own bodies and even the opposite gender around 12-14 years
of age. They might start reading up information online, watching porn and even have open
discussions with their friends. Some might indulge in buying inner-garments secretly or want
to explore options in a similar category. These are all the possible actions that teenagers
generally part-take off.

Understanding The Frequency Of Masturbation
The frequency depends from child to child. The statistics quote that the numbers are
definitely higher in teenage boys and comparatively lesser in teenage girls. However, both
genders are equally curious to learn, understand and explore. Once the child has learned
and understood the concept, there are chances that they might indulge in the act privately at home or outside. And this frequency can range from multiple times in a day to
multiple times in a year.

How Can Parents Play Their Role
It is crucial that firstly parents accept the idea of masturbation and consider it as a healthy
act. One needs to make sure that you create an environment of comfort and openness so
that your child feels secure enough to come and ask your questions or discuss their
thoughts. At times, even after being the ideal parent, there are chances that they might not
come up to you. In those situations, trust you,r child, keep an eye but avoid invading their
privacy. And if you aren’t comfortable enough, take them to a pediatrician or a sex
educator who can talk to your child and show them the right path.

Speaking to Dr. Molina Patel, she emphasizes that ‘Masturbation is a biological way in which
men and women can independently self-explore their ecstasies and sexuality. It is a natural
way in which young girls and boys, experience various energies and thought processes
concerning their body and derive pleasure from it. In fact, it is therapeutic for conditions like
sexual dysfunction, premature ejaculations and anorgasmic sex, etc.

Evidence shows that many as 80% of women have never experienced an orgasm in their
lifetime. Considering the vast health benefits of getting an orgasm, masturbation helps
women in ‘getting there’. There is no set frequency of masturbating. Studies show that men
masturbate more than women, in general! An acceptable and healthy frequency is met at 2-
3 times a week. However, as long as it is not an obsession and compulsive disorder, the
frequency of masturbation is individualized based on various factors including body energy,
sexual anxiety, mental thought processes and overall health and changes during the course
of every phase of life.

Molina Patel is an MD, Dip.RM, FCG Consultant at Akansha Hospital & Research Institute,
Anand, Gujarat.

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