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The other day I was masturbating and not one but both of my parents walked in the room. They just looked at me and didnt say anything then they left.I am really embarrassed and i wanna talk to them about it but I dont know how to start the conversation without feeling weird. Help!!!!!

Take a deep breath — the scariest, most embarrassing part is over.

Talking with your parents about what happened is the kind of thing you can plan for in advance. It might help to start the conversation by telling your parents you feel embarrassed or nervous. Break the ice with something like, “This feels weird for me to talk about, and it may be for you, too, but I want to talk with you about what happened the other day …”

Having a conversation with your parents about privacy, about coming into your room without knocking, or about masturbation might open the door for further conversations about privacy and sex in the future. Your parents might even be able to answer questions and give you advice when you need it.

A lot of people feel ashamed of masturbating, and some worry that masturbation is harmful. It’s actually one of the body’s most effective ways to relieve stress! It’s not harmful or unhealthy, and it can even help us learn about the kinds of sexual touching and sensations we enjoy. Click here to learn more about masturbation. Educating yourself could help prepare you for the conversation with your parents.

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