Masturbation — there , we said it. Touching yourself might feel taboo and you might be embarrassed to talk about it, but exploring your sexuality is totally normal. It's a healthy way to learn about yourself and your body, so you feel more comfortable when you're ready to have a sexual partner. And hey, it's fun and feels good, too. If you think you're the only one of your friends who has done it, you're probably not.
I'd like to know if it's 'OK' to masturbate. Recently, when I'm by myself, I use it as a stress reliever, and I feel great afterward. From a medical standpoint, there is nothing wrong with masturbation. It's perfectly normal for both guys and girls to masturbate. Masturbation can release sexual tension, as well as other tensions. Masturbation goes against the beliefs of some religions and other groups.
If you are the parent of a teenager, you may or may not know whether he or she is masturbating. You may wonder if the time your teen spends alone, behind the closed bathroom door, or during long showers is emotionally and physically healthy. Or you may worry about whether it is possible to masturbate too much or whether your teenager could hurt his or her genitalia.
Part of the difficulty may be the need to acknowledge that children are sexual beings. The misunderstandings and secrecy about masturbation add to parent and child discomfort. By definition, masturbation is self-stimulation of the genitals. It is done by both boys and girls and is normal behavior. Just how common is masturbation during the various stages of childhood?