Part of the difficulty may be the need to acknowledge that children are sexual beings. The misunderstandings and secrecy about masturbation add to parent and child discomfort. By definition, masturbation is self-stimulation of the genitals. It is done by both boys and girls and is normal behavior. Just how common is masturbation during the various stages of childhood? Up to the age of five or six years, masturbation is quite common.
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What brings it on, and how concerned should I be about a sudden constant desire to engage in the behavior? When a parent catches a boy playing with his ears, questions may arise about ear infections. Why do we have these complex and powerful feelings? Most children begin to explore their genitals at about the same time they begin to look more like little boys and girls than like babies. Just when we are beginning to adjust to their not being babies anymore, we are confronted with the sight of our little boy fondling his erection or our little girl moving her hips up and down on top of her pillow with a glazed look in her eyes.
But, scrolling through Twitter, it seems the male population is still genuinely intrigued as to what masturbation means for a woman. We all masturbate! Realistically, whenever they feel like it. Some girls do it frequently and others not so much.
Melissa Kang does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Masturbating has always seemed to be acceptable for boys, but less commonly discussed among girls. Is it normal for girls to masturbate and are there any health consequences?