What’s The Right Age To Start Masturbating?

We post about masturbating a LOT here at Gurl, but we mostly talk about all the different ways to do it. That’s cool, but how do you know when to start doing it? Like, at what age are you supposed to look at your vagina and decide to ~touch~ it? It’s actually a common question we get here at Gurl, and we are here to answer it for you.

First of all, there isn’t really an age where you HAVE to do it. You won’t wake up on your 15th birthday and think, hey, I need to masturbate today. I mean, you might, and that’s fine! But if you’re not ready to do it, you shouldn’t. It’s really a personal preference, and you are are the only person who can decide when you are ready.

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According to the University of Michigan Medical Department, people generally become aware of their genitals around the age of five or six. Almost 100 percent of boys will masturbate by the age of 15, compared to 25 percent of girls at that age. All you need to know is that it’s perfectly normal to want to do it and that you aren’t too young or too old to do so. You might think that it’s a “bad thing” to do, but it’s not! Your body is your body, and if you want to feel good, you totally should, no matter how old you are or what anybody else says.

I know that there are some pretty nasty rumors out there that masturbating will stunt your growth or make you blind or something, but don’t worry, it won’t. For a long time, adults were trying to discourage masturbating, so they went to great lengths to get kids to stop doing it, like spreading rumors that it will make you hairy or cause acne. These rumors aren’t true, so, if you start masturbating, I promise nothing bad will happen to you.

It IS important to keep in mind that if it’s consuming your life, it might be worth it to cut back a little bit. There is nothing wrong with masturbating a lot. If you’re just starting, you will probably want to do it all the time! But if you’re starting to miss out on things or fall behind on schoolwork because you’ve been going to town on yourself, you might need to take a little break. Masturbating is fun, but when you’re just starting out, you might have the urge to do it ALL the time, which can be a little much. Just something to keep in mind!

The main thing to know here is that as long as you are being safe and responsible, it doesn’t matter when you start masturbating. You don’t have to rush into it, but you also shouldn’t feel ashamed about it. You do you! If you want to get it on, you totally should. And if you need some more tips, you can check out our ~first time~ tips here.

What age did you start masturbating? Tell us in the comments!

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