How Can I Stop Wet Dreams?

Medically Reviewed on 10/4/2021
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Wet dreams happen as a normal part of hitting puberty and sexual desire, which means there is nothing that can stop you from having them.

Nothing can help you stop having wet dreams. Wet dreams happen as a normal part of growing up and hitting puberty. Therefore, you should not feel guilty or ashamed about having them. Some boys have them a few times a week, while others have only a couple throughout their life. There is nothing wrong with having more wet dreams or not having them at all.

Be sure to clean yourself properly after waking up from a wet dream. Wash your penis and testicles with soap and water. Then, you can carry on all your activities normally for the rest of the day.

If wet dreams are causing discomfort, embarrassment and affecting your social life, you can try the following:

  • Masturbating or increasing the frequency of sexual intercourse
  • Avoiding sleeping on your stomach
  • Speaking with your partner, if any, to help clear anxiety related to wet dreams
  • Practicing relaxation techniques, such as meditation or biofeedback training before sleeping
  • Consulting a psychologist, urologist, gynecologist, or sexologist

What are wet dreams?

The medical term for wet dreams is nocturnal emissions. Wet dreams or nocturnal emissions are ejaculations (also called cums) that happen involuntarily when boys or men are asleep. This happens only after the boy has crossed puberty. Because they happen during sleep, they are also called sleep orgasms.

Women and girls have wet dreams in the form of orgasms. However, they usually affect girls less than boys. The term, wet dreams, is most often used for males. Wet dreams are generally harmless and do not interfere with fertility or immunity. Nonetheless, you may consult your doctor if you feel your wet dreams become overwhelming or happen often.

What causes wet dreams?

Wet dreams are usually experienced when teenage boys dream about sex. However, the boy may not remember the sort of dreams causing the nocturnal emissions. Wet dreams generally begin around puberty when sexual desire begins to set in. This is the time when the levels of the male sex hormone (testosterone) start to increase in the body.

Wet dreams do not necessarily mean that the person masturbated or had some form of manual stimulation. The genitals are generally more sensitive when the person is relaxed or sleeping. This may result in orgasm and consequent ejaculation particularly while having a sexually arousing dream. Semen can build up inside a boy’s testicles. Wet dreams are one of the ways by which the body releases excess semen and helps in the healthy functioning of the male reproductive system.

While they experience puberty, teenage boys typically get erections at different times of the day. This is due to hormonal changes in the boy’s budding sexual health. Involuntary ejaculation may also happen for boys at other times as well, such as while at school, watching television at home, or taking showers. As boys transition into adulthood, human sexuality adapts to the hormonal changes, and the frequency of wet dreams decreases.

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Medically Reviewed on 10/4/2021
References
TeensHealth. Can I Stop Myself From Having a Wet Dream? https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/stop-dreams.html

Watson S. Wet Dreams. WebMD. https://teens.webmd.com/boys/wet-dream-faq#1-5