I used to masturbate once a day but now want to practice complete abstinence. I mean forever. It’s been three weeks since I last masturbated…

…Any harm in going on forever? I do plan to have a sexual life when mature.

It’s healthy to spend time discovering your own sexual boundaries and interests.  Thanks for asking this great question!

Masturbation can be a safe way to explore your body and learn more about your sexual likes and dislikes.  Masturbation doesn’t come with a risk of STI transmission or pregnancy, and it doesn’t require the same communication skills as being sexually active with someone else. Masturbation also won’t damage or harm your body in any way.

However, the most important part of your sexuality is you! If you feel uncomfortable masturbating during this point in your life, abstaining is a healthy solution. Choosing not to masturbate won’t damage your body either!

Consider talking to a trusted adult about your situation if you need a little extra support. If you’re not sure who to turn to, Teen Clinic can be a great, confidential place to talk about sexual decision making with a medical professional.