Wet dreams are completely normal

Have you ever had a dream about sex? Next thing, you wake up with a white and sticky spot on your underwear. Don’t worry, skeem saam! This could be a “wet dream” – some boys  find this embarrassing and very confusing, but it’s ok and completely normal.

 So what are wet dreams?

 A wet dream is when a fluid that contains sperm comes out of a boy’s penis. This happens while you are asleep and sometimes having dreams about sex. When a boy starts going through puberty, their body starts making a hormone called testosterone. This is what helps their body release sperm.

 Remember, every adolescent male goes through this stage in life. It’s part of growing up, so don’t stress.

 When you wake up after a wet dream you might not be sure what to do. A good first step is to clean yourself by taking a bath or shower. If you have a foreskin, it is important to wash the skin underneath it with water and soap.

If you are feeling embarrassed and confused about wet dreams, you can speak to a trusted adult or a health care worker at your nearest clinic for advice.

You can read more about puberty and what happens to your body during that timehere.


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