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Will Masturbation Impact My Ability To Have Kids?

Published: May 14, 2012
Dear TeenHealthFX,
Hi i am at the age of 19 and i am thinking of having kids soon within the next year or so. I masturbated atleast 4 times a week from the age of 13 would there be any problems trying to have kids now?
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Dear Will Masturbation Impact My Ability To Have Kids?,

 

The amount that you have masturbated should not have any impact on your ability to conceive. However, FX does advise that you consider the following before you start to try to get pregnant:

·         Think about how ready you are to become a parent. Having a baby is a huge responsibility and is not a decision that can just be easily undone if you see it is not for you. Anyone thinking about having children, but particularly adolescents and young adults, should seriously consider many factors before jumping into parenthood for the sake of themselves, their relationships with their significant others, and their unborn child. There is not necessarily any “perfect” time in life to have a baby and different people will have different timelines and different desires when it comes to the idea of becoming a parent, but there are definitely situations that are not the best for bringing a child into the world. In deciding whether you are truly ready for parenthood, read through the questions FX poses in Trying To Have A Baby, as well as The Cost of Raising A Baby. FX also suggests you read Planned Parenthood’s article on Considering Pregnancy.   

·         Meet with your doctor. Before trying for a baby it is always a good idea to have a check-up with your doctor to find out if there are any concerns about becoming a parent given your medical history, your family’s medical history, and to make sure that you are up to date with important vaccines and shots. Your doctor can also talk to you about good nutrition, vitamin supplements, exercise, and other healthy lifestyle choices (like not consuming alcohol, smoking or using drugs during pregnancy). Finally, your doctor can recommend an OBGYN who can provide prenatal care if you do not currently have one, as pre-natal care is extremely important for the health of the unborn baby and the pregnant mother. For more information, read Planned Parenthood’s article on Pre-Pregnancy Health.

 

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 with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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