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A 22-year-old female asked:

I have been masturbating since 6 with the water faucet shower. is this normal? i am 22. why did i start so young i feel like a nasty perv.

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
It's normal for a : prepubertal child of either gender to recognize pleasurable sensations while masturbating. If you feel you did so to excess, to the point that it interfered with your daily functioning as a child or still does, it is possible that you experienced Child Maltreatment Syndrome-Molest & cannot call the trauma to your consciousness. If so, seek help from a therapist skilled in exploring this with you.

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Last updated Jun 1, 2015

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