Masturbation is when you touch or rub your own genitals (penis or clitoris/vagina) in order to get sexual pleasure. Things to know about masturbation:

  • It is very common - millions of girls as well as boys do it
  • It is okay if you do masturbate and it is okay if you don’t
  • There is no right or wrong way to masturbate
  • It is perfectly harmless
  • There is no risk of contacting Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and no risk of pregnancy
  • It should be done in a location where you have privacy

Last Reviewed September 2012 by the Kids Help Phone Counselling Team

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