Does masturbation cause stunted growth?

Posted on Tue, 17 Mar 2015 in Sexual Health
Question: Hi Dr. XXXXXXX i would like to know if excessive masterbation has stunt my growth? ive been doing since i was 10 years old but i have stop now. at the age of 13 years old i was already 5'7. people couldn't believe i was still in middle school cause of how tall i was at the time. but i am 22 years old now and I am still 5'7. i never grew again not even an inch more. i fill like i am suppose to be taller but i ruin my body as it was still developing.
Answered by Dr. Kerry Pottinger 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
Masterbation has not affected your height.

Detailed Answer:
Thank you for using Healthcare Magic.

There is no evidence that masturbation will stunt your height. Your adult height is largely determined by the height of your parents. Also, eating a healthy and balanced diet and taking regular exercise will ensure you grow to your maximum height.

I suggest having a regular exercise regime will help build your body. Although not increasing your height, it may help you feel more comfortable about your height.

Rarely, hormone imbalances can affect your height so a visit to your doctor and some baseline bloods would be in order. I suggest this for completeness but it is uncommon for this to cause a height problem.

I hope this is of help to you. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Dr K A Pottinger
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
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Dr. Kerry Pottinger

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