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Can Masturbation Slow Down Facial Hair Development During Puberty?

Published: May 14, 2012
Dear TeenHealthFX,
can masturbation slow down facial hair development during puberty?
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Dear Can Masturbation Slow Down Facial Hair Development During Puberty?,

 

Masturbation will not slow down or quicken the bodily changes associated with puberty, such as facial hair growth. These changes are due to biochemical processes that occur within the body. People are different, so different people will start puberty at different ages and will go through the stages of puberty at different rates. If you have not started to develop facial hair yet, do not chalk it up to masturbating and do not get concerned about it. You will get there at your own time and pace.

 

A complex process known as the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis controls when puberty occurs. This process involves the following steps:

 

1)      Your brain starts the process. Part of your brain called the hypothalamus makes gonadotropin-releasing hormone (Gn-RH).

2)      The pituitary gland releases more hormones. The pituitary gland is a bean-shaped gland at the base of your brain. Gn-RH causes this gland to release two more hormones: luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH).

3)      Sex hormones are produced. LH and FSH cause the ovaries to produce hormones involved in the growth and development of the female sexual characteristics (estrogen) and the testicles to produce hormones responsible for the growth and development of male sexual characteristics (testosterone). Estrogen and testosterone are also then produced by the adrenal glands.

4)      Physical changes occur. The production of estrogen and testosterone causes all of the physical changes of puberty, such as the development of body hair in females and males, breast development in females, voice changes in males, etc.

 

As you can see, the stages of puberty are influenced by changes within the body. If you have any further questions about puberty or changes your body is going through speak with your primary care physician or an adolescent medicine specialist. If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-6475 for an appointment or contact your local teen health center. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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