What do I do when I have a wet dream?

Question:

Good morning,

I’m a 16-year-old boy, and I’ve matured a lot physically in the last year. My pubic hair has gotten thick and extends to the folds on the sides and I have a heavy line of hair up to my belly button and my armpits are hairy like my dad’s. I have also been having wet dreams more often. I usually wake up to find a really big amount of semen in my underwear and it’s all over my dick and in my hair. It’s embarrassing because I don’t know what to do with my underwear when it happens. It gets like yellow cardboard when it dries, and I don’t want my parents to see it.

Do you have any advice? It’s got me stressed out. Thanks.

Answer:

When you wake up and find that you had a wet dream, you clean up the results. That means washing yourself to get the semen off and then also washing out your underwear. Water and a little soap will remove the semen and the stains. Then hang your underwear where it will dry or add it to the wash.

While you find it embarrassing, your parents know that young men ejaculate. After all, your dad was a young man once, just like you. Young women have to deal with monthly blood flows, which make a greater mess.

Therefore, just understand that this is a part of life. You don’t have to discuss it with them, but you do need to take responsibility and clean up your own messes.