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10 answers about masturbation that you want to know

Got questions about masturbation, don’t blame yourself. Here are the answers no one gave you

1.Why do you feel the urge to masturbate?
When puberty hits, sex hormones get activated. Hence, teens between ages 11 to 18 feel an intense urge to stimulate their genitals. Therefore you feel the need to masturbate. It is a natural progression leading to maturity. Apart from the stigma attached to the act, there is nothing wrong in doing that.
 

2.What is the right way to masturbate?
There isn’t a right or a wrong way to masturbate. It depends on what feels nice. However, being rough or inserting objects can be harmful. It is natural to explore your bodies. However, there isn’t a magical masturbation technique for maximum pleasure.
 

3.Is masturbation safe?
It is. You cannot contract an STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease) through masturbation. The only precaution to take is that your surrounding is clean.
 

4.How often should you masturbate?
There isn’t a specific number anybody can give you about the right number of times to masturbate in a day. However, if you are ignoring your studies, cancelling meeting your friends or not engaging in your hobbies, then masturbation can become an issue.

5.What do you do if you’re addicted to masturbating?
If you’re addicted to masturbating, it means you’re stressed about something. Figure out the real reason and deal with it. Remember, masturbating can be good to release stress and tension, but it is not a substitute to dealing with life problems.

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Teenage pregnancy: a cause of concern

In a country where child marriages are rampant and talking about sex is taboo, young girls are caught in the cobweb of culture and misinformation

As per a United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) report released in 2013, about 7.3 million girls under the age of 18 give birth to children. In the period between 2000 and 2013, India topped the chart of 10 countries with the largest numbers of women aged between 20 and 24 who gave birth before the age of 18. This extract taken from an article written by Tripti Sharan, a practicing gynaecologist in New Delhi points to an alarming issue that is not openly discussed.

Sharan further elaborates that teenage pregnancy, whether forced or unprecedented can not only cause damage to the young girl’s body, it can leave a lasting impact on her developing psyche as well.

Lawfully pregnant

After 20 weeks of gestation period, doctors cannot terminate a pregnancy. In such scenarios, teenage or young girls have no option but to give birth and begin the journey of motherhood. There are many reasons that lead to teenager pregnancy. One of the primary reasons is the unwillingness to discuss sex. On top of that there is lack of sex education in schools and colleges. Add to that the patriarchal set up of the country where women’s sexuality is controlled. In most cases, teenage girls who get pregnant after having unprotected sex use contraceptives available in the market. It should be noted that they will prove ineffective after 72 hours have passed. Unfortunately, if you are pregnant, confiding in a trusted adult who will understand you is the first step to go about it. Furthermore, getting yourself checked from the gynaecologist is the second. Lastly, choices have to be made regarding keeping the baby or letting it go based on gestation period, marital status and societal norms. 

What you can do to avoid it

However, teenage pregnancy can be avoided. Here are some useful tips:

  • Know what you are getting into: Ask yourself questions such as “am I ready for sex,” or “am I doing this out of pressure from my boyfriend/girlfriend.”
  • Use a condom: Like they say, prevention is better than cure. Isn’t it better to avoid getting into the pregnancy trap when you’re not ready for it? Also, using one can be your shield against STIs and infections.
  • Contraceptives: If you are sexually active, you can consult your gynaecologist and take monthly pills. Again, there are side effects that can cause varying symptoms from headaches to nausea.

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