can you get an STD from masturbating?

Hi Heather,
I’m 13-years-old, and I may have Gonorrhea. 

I think I’m being paranoid, for I have never had sex, though I do masturbate from time to time, but lately it has really been insanely painful when I pee. I also bleed from down there even when I am not on my period! And when I do #1, there’s this yellow-ish liquid thing that comes out!

I have been thinking of going to a doctor, but, as I said before, I’m 13, how am I supposed to tell my mom? What am I supposed to tell her? “Hey, mom! I masturbate and now I may have Gonorrhea!” I seriously don’t know what to do. I’m really desperate, embarrassed and ashamed. I haven’t told anyone, and I don’t want to, but how am I supposed to treat it? I don’t really want to go see a doctor, but I don’t want anything bad to happen to me either!

Please, I need advice really bad!

As long as you’re not having sex or sharing a sex toy with someone who has gonorrhea, you do not have a sexually transmitted disease.

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According to a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner I consulted with, it sounds like you have a Urinary tract infection. UTIs are caused when bacteria gets inside the opening of the urethra (where pee comes out). One of the biggest symptoms of this infection is feeling like you have to urinate all the time, but nothing really comes out when you try to go. Sound familiar?

Try simply telling your mom (or the school nurse) it hurts every time you pee. UTIs are very common and come on from all sorts of reasons, and are not a sign that a gURL is sexually active. They can, however, spread to your kidneys and cause some serious trouble, so get yourself treated right away. All you’ll have to do is take some antibiotics, and it’ll go away in a few days.

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To prevent a future problems, make sure you wash your hands before masturbating, and be sure to only insert objects that were specifically designed to be used as sex toys – using any product against the manufacture’s intended use can be risky.

About the bleeding and the vaginal discharge: At 13, your menstrual cycle is still stabilizing. It’s not unusual to have this occasional bleeding when it’s not your period, and discharge is the vagina’s way of cleaning itself every day.

Please take care of yourself and continue to masturbate! It’s a normal, healthy experience to be enjoyed.

Hey gURLs, have you ever had to talk to your parents about having an STD? What happened? I’d love to hear your stories.

take care,
heather

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  • Sammi

    Sapphire that's a yeast infection it's different from a UTI,a yeast infection can go away by itself or with cream or medication. A UTI Must be treated by antibiotics. I just don't want the girl who sent her story in to think that cream will fix her problem if it is a UTI. UTI's and yeast infections are different and should both be diagnosed by a dr and treated correctly.

  • Kerri

    Hey I get UTIs a lot… I feel like I have to pee, but I don't and it burns to pee. I ride horses 3 times a week, and sometimes the front of my uretha gets rubbed against the saddle. It hurts, but all I do is in the shower, I point the head at my uretha, (while the shower is running, warm water please!) and while it's hitting it, I pee super-fast, and empty myself completely. After that it doesn't hurt to pee!

  • Sapphire

    yeah i had that it like burns to pee right? well i went to the docter and they gave me a cream and it went away in the first week hope i helped 🙂