CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Aside from birth and death, the most important time in our life is puberty.
Puberty brings about many changes, from deepening voices and height changes to hair growing in unwelcome places and pimples popping up when we don't want them to. Puberty also begins the production of sexual hormones by our gonads (testes in boys and ovaries in girls).
With the onset of newfound sexual feelings, we often feel a need for release, as we should. Humans simply have a desire for sex. Some experts argue that this is because sex is strictly for procreation, but the majority say our libido just needs to be satisfied.
The libido, better known as "sex drive," produces feelings of sexual tension based on physical, social and psychological factors. But it's testosterone and estrogen, the primary sexual hormones for boys and girls respectively, that are the main cause of sexual tension.
Most of you have seen on TV or in films where characters will say they made a mistake in choosing to have sex. You wonder, couldn't they simply choose not to have sex?
This is where sexual tension comes in. You see, if we allow sexual tension to build and change into sexual frustration, our biological urges will eventually override our common sense and a primal desire for sex will kick in, making it easier for us to lose our inhibitions.
This is how a lot of teenagers make mistakes when it comes to sex, but it doesn't have to be that way. If you have a strong sexual desire but don't wish to engage in sex or have no sexual partner, there is a way to relieve that tension: masturbation.