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If you got treated for Chlamydia Friday….

…… and you masturbated Monday is that a risk of still having the disease?

Let’s start out by talking about what Chlamydia is and how it can be spread or transmitted.

Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted bacterial infection of the vaginapenisanus, or throat. Chlamydia is spread through vaginal fluids and semen. Someone can get Chlamydia through unprotected oral sex, vaginal sex, anal sex, and genital to genital contact.

Chlamydia is cured with antibiotics. When someone is being treated for Chlamydia, it is very important that they and their partners are treated and finish the medication, and abstain from sexual activities with other people for 7 days. This will help ensure that re infection doesn’t occur.

Someone can not reinfect themselves with chlamydia through masturbation. It is a good idea however to thoroughly wash sex toys, if any have been used.

The only way someone could reinfection themselves is if they did not wait the 7 days to have sexual contact with someone, or if they had sexual contact again with someone who still had the infection.

If you want to make an appointment with us give us a call at 303-442-5160

Is watching porn bad or good?

 Is it something unhealthy to do? Or is it bad to feel guilty? I always have a desire for sexual things, but I never engage in it.

Masturbation (when done in private) is 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. Self-masturbation can also help you figure out your sexual boundaries and preferences before you become sexually active with others. Masturbation also won’t damage or harm your body in any way.

Whether or not someone chooses to watch pornography is up to them.  People have different ideas about porn, so it’s up to you to decide how you feel about it.  If you feel like its negatively affecting interactions with people in your life, or disrupting your life in anyway this is when it can be problematic. It is also really important to understand that pornography does not portray relationships or sexual relationships in a healthy way, and it is not an example of how relationships should be in real life.

Consider talking to a trusted adult if you have more questions about masturbation of pornography.

 

I am a 15-year-old boy wondering if it is dangerous to masturbate daily without lubrication?

Masturbation (when done in private) is 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. Self-masturbation can also help you figure out your sexual boundaries and preferences before you become sexually active with others. Masturbation also won’t damage or harm your body in any way.  It is not harmful to not use lubrication with masturbation. Some people choose to use lubrication because it may make things more comfortable, or pleasurable. Some people don’t use it at all!

Avoid comparing your masturbation choices to others’. Everyone is different! Some people may masturbate often, and others may not masturbate at all! If you feel like masturbation is interfering or interrupting your daily life, consider talking to a trusted adult about this.  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.

If you ever want to make an appointment give us a call at 303-442-5160

Is it bad if a 14 year old masturbates 4 times a week?

Masturbation (when done in private) is 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. Self-masturbation can also help you figure out your sexual boundaries and preferences before you become sexually active with others. Masturbation also won’t damage or harm your body in any way.

Avoid comparing your masturbation choices to others’. Everyone is different! Some people may masturbate often, and others may not masturbate at all! If you feel like masturbation is interfering or interrupting your daily life, consider talking to a trusted adult about this.  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.

If you ever want to make an appointment give us a call at 303-442-5160

Can you get an STI by masturbating?

It’s good to know that when it comes to STIs, the modes of transmission are..

  • Blood
  • Sexual Fluids (semen and vaginal fluids)
  • Skin to skin contact
  • Breast milk and vaginal birth

In order for someone to contract an STI, they would need to engage in sexual activity with a person who already has an STI in which one or more of these modes would come into play.

However, a person can get an STI from a shared sex toy. Be sure to wash all sex toys before and after use.  If someone is sharing a sex toy with someone else, use a a condom, or clean it in between.  

As long as you’re not harming yourself or others during masturbation, and you are engaging in masturbation in private, it can be a safe and healthy way to explore your sexuality without risk of STIs or pregnancy.  If you have more questions about masturbation, consider talking to a trusted adult.

 

Teen Clinic is here for you. You can also give us a call at 303-442-5160 with more questions!

I am a 14 year old male. I am gay, but I have told no one….

…I’m extremely scared to tell my parents or friends, in fear of rejection, or even being kicked out of the house, verbal abuse, etc. I am also wanting to create something safe for my body that I can use for anal masturbation, but I’m also worried about accidentally harming myself. I’ve lied on medical papers, marking them to say I’m straight in fear of my parents finding out I’m gay. What should I do?

 

Thank you for asking this. We want to address all of your questions one by one.

First, know that you are absolutely not the only person dealing with this. Also, know there is nothing wrong with your sexuality. Who we like/are attracted to is part of what makes us who we are, and that is great!

We understand that dealing with sexuality can feel scary and intimidating, especially if you feel like you have no one you can talk to.  Try thinking about someone you could confide in or talk to, someone you can trust.  That could be a friend, a trusted adult, or a sibling, etc. Try talking to that trusted person and see how it feels. This may give you confidence to talk to others.  It is likely that the people who love you like your friends and family want what is best for you!  We do understand however, that in some cases, a person may not feel safe telling information like this to certain people.  If this is the case, perhaps consider telling a counselor, prevention interventionist, or a teacher at your school.  Those adults are there to help and support you.

If you live in the Boulder area, there is an organization called OASOS, they are a support group for LGBTQI youth.  You can find more information about them at https://www.bouldercounty.org/families/lgbtiq/oasos/ or call them at 303-579-2676.

If you don’t live in the Boulder area, this is another great resource: : https://www.glaad.org/resourcelist

If your school has a GSA (Gay straight alliance) perhaps reach out to people in that group to see how you can get support. Just know that there are people out there to help and support you.

In terms of when you visit the doctor, it is important to be honest on medical history forms.  The reason that these forms ask for sexuality information is just to better serve you and take care of you.  If you live in Colorado, it is a law that teens can access sexual health services without the permission/notification of their parent/guardian. Alternatively, even if your parent/guardian is present, you have the right to keep your medical information just between you and your doctor.  If you do not live in Colorado, you can visit https://sexetc.org/ to find out your rights in your own state.

Regarding masturbation, it is completely healthy for people to explore masturbation. As long as it is not hurting you or anyone else and it is not inferring with other aspects of your life, it can be a healthy activity that is low risk for things like sexually transmitted infections.  It is important to know that you should not put just any items into the anus. There are sex toys that are designed specifically for anal play, and if someone wants to use a sex toy it is important to use these. This is because anal sex toys have a flared base, and that is important because the muscles in the anus squeeze involuntarily, which can pull objects into the anus. So if someone uses an item that does not have a flared base, it could potentially end with a trip to the doctor to have it removed.

If someone does not have access to sex toys, they could start with using things like fingers. Finger stimulation can potentially provide plenty of pleasure, but make sure to wash your hands, and use plenty of lubrication (the anus does not self-lubricate).  You can buy lubrication over the counter, or usually can get some for free at health clinics.  A person should start slow, and can add more fingers if they want to.  They may want to make sure to trim their nails, and wear gloves or a condom on their fingers to prevent any infections or tears.

If you do live in Boulder and want to make an appointment at our Teen Clinic to further discuss any of these things you can call us at 303-442-5160, or you can walk in to pick up things like condoms or lubrication.

Please know you are not the first person to ask these questions, and you will not be the last! We hope this has helped.

I masturbate a lot. Is this bad?

Masturbation is 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. Self-masturbation can also help you figure out your sexual boundaries and preferences before you become sexually active with others. Masturbation also won’t damage or harm your body in any way.

Avoid comparing your masturbation choices to others’. Everyone is different! Some people may masturbate often, and others may not masturbate at all! If you feel like masturbation is interfering or interrupting your daily life, consider talking to a trusted adult about this.  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.

If you ever want to make an appointment give us a call at 303-442-5160

Is it alright to be masturbating?….

…I don’t know if I should be.  It feels good so I do it. But am a little confused.

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. Self-masturbation can also help you figure out your sexual boundaries and preferences before you become sexually active with others. Masturbation also won’t damage or harm your body in any way.

Avoid comparing your masturbation choices to others’. Everyone is different! Some people may masturbate often, and others may not masturbate at all!

Consider talking to a trusted adult about masturbation 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.

If you ever want to  make an appointment give us a call at 303-442-5160

 

Can you reinfect yourself with Chlamydia after being cured, if you masturbate? 

Let’s start out by talking about what Chlamydia is and how it can be spread or transmitted.

Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted bacterial infection of the vaginapenisanus, or throat. Chlamydia is spread through vaginal fluids and semen. Someone can get Chlamydia through unprotected oral sex, vaginal sex, anal sex, and genital to genital contact.

Chlamydia is cured with antibiotics. When someone is being treated for Chlamydia, it is very important that they and their partners are treated and finish the medication, and abstain from sexual activities with other people for 7 days. This will help ensure that re infection doesn’t occur.

Someone can not reinfect themselves with chlamydia through masturbation.  The only way someone could reinfection themselves is if they did not wait the 7 days to have sexual contact with someone, or if they had sexual contact again with someone who still had the infection.

If you want to make an appointment with us give us a call at 303-442-5160

I masturbate at least five times a week. ….

…….I have itching after orgasming, but then it goes away. Can I get an STD/STI from just touching myself? I have an odor, as well.

Great question!

Lets talk a little bit about STIsSTIs can be a very real risk for people if they are engaging in certain types of sexual contact. It’s good to know that when it comes to STIs there are four modes of transmission.  They are…

  • Blood
  • Sexual Fluids (Semen and Vaginal fluids)
  • Skin to skin contact (genital to genital)
  • And Mother to Child (Breastmilk and Vaginal Delivery)

In order for someone to contract an STI, they would need to engage in sexual activity with a person who already has an STI in which one or more of these modes would come into play.

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. Self-masturbation can also help you figure out your sexual boundaries and preferences before you become sexually active with others. Masturbation also won’t damage or harm your body in any way.

If you have noticed a change in odor and/or discharge, and itching,  this can be a sign of infection. Not necessarily an STI, but other types of infections can cause these symptoms.

It would be a good idea to see a medical provider to determine what may be going on. You can make an appointment at Teen Clinic by calling us at 303-442-5160