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Can masturbation/ejaculation in puberty cause the early closing of growth plates, therefore affecting final height of male?

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Dr. Katharine Cox
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 45 years experience
No: There is no evidence in the literature which supports this. If it were true most males would be short. If you are concerned about your height, explore other possibilities.

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