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article imageBoys more likely to have safe sex if they masturbate

By KJ Mullins     Aug 1, 2011 in Health
Boys who masturbate are more likely to use condoms, according to a study released today in Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
The study was based on 2009 data of 800 youth in the United States between the ages of 14 and 17 commissioned by the Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. The study was supported by Trojan condom maker Church & Dwight Co.
Subjects, with their parents permission, were asked how often that had masturbated over the prior three months, over a year long period and during their life. The youth were also asked if they masturbated alone or with a sexual partner and if they used condoms.
Boys admitted to performing the sexual act more often than girls in all time periods. Boys also increased masturbation as they aged, according to the study.
It was also found that those who engaged in sexual self-pleasure were more likely to have sexual relations with a partner compared to teens who didn't satisfy themselves sexually.
Health Day reports:
"Much attention today is given to adolescent sexuality, but few studies have focused on masturbation," noted study lead author Dr. Cynthia L. Robbins, from the section of adolescent medicine in the department of pediatrics at Indiana University in Indianapolis. "Many adolescent boys and girls masturbate, and among sexually active teens masturbation is associated with other sexual behaviors and condom use," she said.
Boys who masturbated were eight times more likely to practice safe sex during the last time they had sexual intercourse compared to boys who didn't masturbate.
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