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It’s normal for people to masturbate (touch or rub their own genitals because they like the way it feels). Some people do it to relieve stress or tension. It’s nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about.

What Are Some Myths About Masturbation?

Rumors about masturbation causing health problems aren’t true. Masturbation will not:

People often think of masturbation as a private topic. They may feel embarrassed to ask or even wonder about it. When something feels too awkward to talk or ask about, people might believe things about it that aren't correct.

What Else Should I Know?

Your doctor is the best person to give you the medical facts on masturbation and anything else about your health. Doctors often answer questions about masturbation from their patients, so you’re not the only one who’s curious.

Medically reviewed by: Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date reviewed: April 2024