If you have children, reading about how to talk with your children about sex may help you have comfortable conversations with them about masturbation.

There are many harmful myths about masturbation that may cause us to feel uncomfortable about it. Here are some common questions people ask about masturbation. People may start masturbating at any time in their lives.

Masturbation is a natural and common activity for both women and men.

Many children begin masturbating as they grow and explore their changing bodies.

They often discover early that it feels good to touch their genitals.

Masturbation is also one of the best ways we can learn about our sexuality.

It can help us explore the types of touch we like the most and help us learn how to get excited and how to reach orgasm.

Learning about what feels good to you can increase your chance of feeling sexual pleasure with sex partners.

Children usually begin masturbating long before puberty.

Young children do not have sexual fantasies while masturbating, but during adolescence it becomes much more sexual.

It’s important for children to learn that masturbating is normal, is not harmful, and will not hurt their bodies.

They should also know to seek privacy when masturbating.