Question:Mike (15-17) asks…
How often do guys have wet dreams?

and John (13) asks…
I’ve never had a wet dream before how do I know when I’ll get one?

Answer: Many boys begin to have nocturnal emissions (“wet dreams”) when they start puberty, or soon thereafter (usually around 12-14). Wet dreams (ejaculating when you’re asleep) is the body’s way of releasing “built-up” semen. How often this happens depends, but it’s usually not often — if at all — if/when boys regularly masturbate. Masturbation releases the semen that would otherwise “build up.”


Credit: J. Geoff Malta, MA, EdM, NCC Adolescent Therapist