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A 34-year-old female asked:

Can a 5 or 6 year old boy if he plays with himself release hormones if there not going through puberty ?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
No: Puberty is driven by centralized signals from the brain as pre-programmed by genes. In infant or child can have erections because the equipment is wired that way. It does not trigger hormones that are not ready to be made.
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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 34 years experience
No: There is no specific hormonal response from toughing the genitals. Typically it is the result of curiosity and it feels good.
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