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A 28-year-old female asked:

So my daughter masturbates and she is 10 years old. im worried that when she goes to the doctor that the doctor will notice and embaress her.

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Relax: It would be unusual for the doc to examine the hymen/inner genitals of a 10 yr old unless there was a problem that involved that area.If there was, it would be important to share the information as part of the process. Discussions of this normal part of sexual development are sadly, often avoided.Open discussion with your kid can diminish any fear/anxiety over sharing this info with her doc.
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