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A 18-year-old male asked:

I have constitutional delayed puberty.i masturbated more than couple of times during age 12, 13.can that effect puberty, bone structure, hormones etc.?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Becky White
Pediatrics 21 years experience
No: Everyone masturbates and there is not a "normal" number of times. It does not affect your hormone production or bone structure.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
No, it does not...: Normal men, women, boys, and girls masturbate (it's universal). It isn't harmful, as the body goes through similar effects during regular sex with a partner (but too much of anything may become a problem). Masturbation does not stunt height, cause hair loss or gray hair, make you weak, create heart problems, lower testosterone, affect virginity, lower fertility, change your weight, or damage eyes.
Last updated Aug 29, 2018

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