Should Masturbation Be Taught in School?

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Should self-pleasure education be a part of sexual education classes for teens? The Doctors weigh in on Shailene Woodley’s call to teach masturbation in schools.

During a recent interview with Net-a-Porter she said, “As a young woman you don’t learn how to pleasure yourself, you don’t learn what an orgasm should be, you don’t learn that you should have feelings of satisfaction,” Woodley said. “I’ve always had a dream of making a book called ‘There’s No Right Way to Masturbate.’ If masturbation were taught in school, I wonder how [many] fewer people would get herpes aged 16, or pregnant at 14?” 

So what do The Doctors think?

Watch: Could Self-Pleasuring Lead To Teen Safer Sex?

“It’s true, it is a safe form of sex,” Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon says.

OBGYN Dr. Nita Landry feels as though we are not doing enough to educate the younger population about sex and the possible drawbacks and dangers.

“We are doing a really bad job educating our teens. We know that because 1 in 4 teenage girls will be pregnant at least once by the age of 20 and about 50 percent of the 20 million STDs that occur per year, happen with teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19. We really have to do better,” she explains.

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ER physician Dr. Travis Stork warns that most teens learn about sex from their friends, which can lead to a slew of issues, like the scary statistic that 2 out of 5 sexually teen girls have an STD.

The Doctors say that if your child’s school is not discussing sex properly, that the responsibility lies with the parent, but should masturbation be included in the school’s education?