A member asked:

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

2 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. James Ferguson answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

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.

Answered 2/7/2020


Dr. Stuart Hickerson answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

No: There is no specific hormonal response from toughing the genitals. Typically it is the result of curiosity and it feels good.

Answered 2/13/2020



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