I've been masturbating since 7th grade, usually once every couple of nights, but it's evolved to the point I am doing it multiple times every night. I'm worried about health issues that might surface from this and that I will get too used to this feeling that when I have sex I won't enjoy it.
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As long as you aren't masturbating with anything unhygenic or with something or in a way that could injure you (and I'm not talking about occasional soreness, I'm talking about masturbating with sharp objects or something electrical and non-waterproof), there's no risk to what you're doing, unless masturbation is interfering with the rest of your life (say if you're skipping class to do it), then there's no problem. If you don't want to masturbate or don't want to masturbate that much, you don't have to, but there's no health risk.
As for the enjoying sex thing, while it's true that we can become accustomed to orgasming from a particular method of stimulation, that doesn't mean we can't learn to orgasm more than one way. It takes many people time to become orgasmic during partnered sex for all sorts of reasons, and even if you never did orgasm from partnered sex, that doesn't mean you won't enjoy it, because enjoyment of sex is about much more than orgasm. Sorry for the TMI, but I've been masturbating since about the same age you have and I really enjoy having sex with my partner. Finally if by sex you mean intercourse then roughly 3 in 4 women don't orgasm that way, requiring clitoral stimulation to orgasm, and this isn't because they masturbate "too much" it's because of the way their bodies work.
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You won't cause any health concerns or not enjoy sex later on because you've been masturbating, no mattter how long you've been doing it. It may even make sex better as you'll know what you like and can show you partner!
Scarleteen.com has amillion advice questions posted about this very issue (just search 'masturbation' on the site) and there's a great article piece about why loving yourself first is one of the best things you can do (what I was trying to find for you when I searched for 'masturbation')
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