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A Girl's Guide to Puberty and Periods

a o puberty t & periods Wrien by Marni Soer, Margaret Schmi, Christine Hagstrom and Caitlin Gruer

Copyright ©2021 by Grow and Know A rights reserved. Wrien by Marni Soer Margaret Shi Christine agstro and Caitin Gr er Stories wrien by girs aro­ the €SA ‚ƒ„ design … i stration by †iy Shefferˆ in s e st dio ‰o part oŠ this bƒ„ ay be reprod ed in any Šor or by any eetroni or ehania eans in ding inŠoration storage and retrieva systes witho t wrien peri­ion Šro the a thors. ‹or ore inŠoration pease visit Œw.GrowandKnow.org Žn honor oŠ Sid ‘erner a hapion Šor epowering yo ng peope aro nd the word to earn abo t their growing bodies.

foreword: ’his bƒ„ was deveoped thro gh partiipatory researh with yo ng peope aro­ the €SA. Adoesents were as„ed to share the “ estions they wanted answered the inŠoration they n”d and to write stories abo t their Širst enstr a period e•perieneˆ a seetion oŠ whih are in ded in this bƒ„. We aso ta„ed with ad ts in yo ng peope’s ives s h as teahers soia wor„ers heathare wor„ers and reigio s eaders so we wo d nderstand what they wo—y abo t and Š” yo ng peope sho d earn. ’his a shapes the bƒ„ ontent whih aso inorporates Šat a ontent Šro hid heath and deveopent iterat re. ˜ r hope is that yo ng peope ages ™š1› read this bƒ„ and Š” ore onŠident and „nowedgeabe abo t their hanging bodies and that Šaiies teahers yo th eaders and others introd e these bƒ„s to the yo ng peope in their ives reahing and going thro gh p berty. 3

T able of Con t en t s 1 body changes! Žntrod tion .......................™ orones œ †otions .................ž ‚reast Growth .....................1› Ÿipes œ ‚ody Se s ...............1¡ air œ ¢isharge ....................1£ 2 caring for y our body Growing œ †ating ...................20 †•erise œ S”p .....................¤ 3 Wha t’s a Period all About? A Abo t Ÿeriods. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2¡ ‘ea„s œ ‚ƒd ......................2¥ ŸMS .............................¦0 Craps ...........................¦1 Caring for y 4 our period Ÿeriod Ÿrod ts .....................¦¡ ’ra„ing §o r Ÿeriod .................›2 4

5 My firs t period: S t ories from re al girls My S rprise S er with ¢ad .........›¡ An €ne•peted S er ¨isitor .........©1 A ‰ew ’ype oŠ Math Ca­ Ÿrobe ......©¥ My Ÿ rpe Ÿants Ÿani ................¡› A nt Sara to the ªes e« .............¡¥ My ‹o rth Grade Sho„ ..............£2 ’he Case oŠ the Sowpo„e Ÿeriod ........£¡ Granda Saves the ¢ay ..............¥0 All the f act 6 s! Ÿeriod Myth ‚ sters .................¬ ® estions œ Answers .................™0 ha t about boy 7 s? What’s Going on in ŽS ‚ody¯ ..........™¥ 8 lossary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10¦ Ÿay aention to nderined p rpe words in the bƒ„« §o an Šind those words in the go­ary. 5

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chapter one body changes! 7

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BOD Y CHANGES! ADu l t t l T u E AD EN N EE T C H il D d HIL C o r u h g gt h n p re goi uber ou’ t Y y ! Ÿ berty is a word that desribes a the different hanges that ha°en in yo r body as yo are growing p. €s a y it starts betw”n ages ¥ – ž and ontin es Šor a Šew years. ‚ t it’s different Šor everyone. e ul d he c n s w s o y has it d o ne’s b o y ver E 9

 e e e omeoft S ee: ou ­  r a e st et ne g o oe e s ‘i„ p reasts o eve they d ” o s art t t and ay s pimples « n their s„in o Like some days you might feel sad. ˜ther hanges ony . yo an and then happy e es ar hang e  A oŠ thes mal and then ANGRY nor sing« nŠ ” o and then excited! t they an Š ‚ 1€

BOD hor Y CHANGES! mones H†‚ƒ†NESreemiltt e irl’ˆod­ito­ou wom’ˆod­‰ ng o o a y y int d o oy’s b e a b hang o  hey as ’ r« e t that at o b a„ a e’ t t w . ‚ y d o an’s b s. ar e nd ¡ y o s ar t a y as y s rt be  p r girs o ‹ TŠ‹ES†Œ H†‚ƒ†NES n«³ ratio o e inŠ r r o o y Š o­ar ” G ²s Differetormoe ‚EƒEƒ„E‚… Žedifferet‘oˆ n has a o s r h pe a . † y d o i­ourˆod­‰ ent b r e y is diff d o r b o y iŠ y r †strogen heps tri´er soe oŠ the o— r o e t w t n’ as o ¢ es Š physia hanges in yo r body yo an hang s« ing  riend w r Š sho o s”š i„e growing breasts and hair« r than y e w o s Ÿrogesterone and ’estosterone do things i„e hep reg ate yo r enstr a ye every onth. 11

So Many ig M T­ €S! orones do ore than µ st a„e hanges in yo r bodyš they an aso affet yo r ƒd and eotions. • o §o ight Šind that yo ’re Š”ing ore o f  t t sensitive than yo sed toš i„e ie things o  e w a„e yo sad or pset ore “ i„y or easiy. or §o ight aso begin to Š” ore seŠš l d … onsio s wo—ied and stre­ed abo t a the big hanges going on in yo r iŠe and yo r body. Že o It’ormlt “ˆi feeli ‰” SAd”Loel­ When Ž’ Š”ing sad Ž i„e to THE BLUES pet y at or isten to y Šavorite  si. 12

BOD Y CHANGES! AN˜I†—S”C†NŒ—SED When Ž’ Š”ing overwheed it heps to ta„ to soeone yo tr stš i„e a parent shƒ WHO o nseor or a gƒd Šriend. A!!!! WA RNING! twi t ” t ure d… ant thing rt o t ip s r is that he o be ’ ee oe… o r t tl ou’reo ­ AN–‚Š”Œ‚—ST‚ATED When Ž Š” rea y angry or Šr strated Ž try to ta„e a brea„ or go Šor a wa„. 13

Howwill­ our ˆre  t   e™ †ah person’s breasts wi grow a ie differenty. ‚ t Š” pro d oŠ yo r own breast hanges« ’hey are speia to yo . ¢on’t wo—y iŠ yo r breasts are growing sower or Šaster than yo r Šriends. Soe peope start to wear bras when their breasts deveop b t it’s p to yo to deide what a„es yo ost oŠortabe« Aso soeties the area aro nd the breasts ay Š” a ie sore. Žt’s nothing to wo—y abo t« Žt’s µ st a part oŠ growing. THEA„C†Œ„‚ASIšES…… ’here are two parts to a bra’s si¶e· the C†S’ or ‚A‰¢ SŽ¸† and the C€Ÿ SŽ¸†. hey oe in s. ’ t as e r r b o s y art that hod p” is the p  he “ ’ art that and” is the p he “b . ’ ...et  C ¢  ‚  A e » es i„ r si¶ e e  and r b t o a„. Ches r b o nd y o t and ar hes r  o o­ y s ar n r n. o o › ¦¡ ¦¥...and s e ¦ r i„ be  y a n d b e ent es pr e e is r 14 si¶

BOD S Y CHANGES! t  eof bre a s t groth AND† T HE‚„od ­  e 1 oterˆod­ e STA–E1: duri teet e: ‰o breast Žnterna horona deveopent ²yet«³ hanges are ha°ening 2 STA–E2: ‚reasts begin Ÿ bi hair growth to “b d” body odors and growth sp rt 3 STA–E3: Ÿ bi hair dar„ens ‚reasts get and vagina bi´er and Š er disharge begins STA–E4: 4 ’he ni°e beoes Menstr ation begins distint Šro ²§o r Širst period«³ the a reoa 5 STA–E5: Ÿ bi hair e•tends ‚reasts are to i¼er thighs and Š y at re height growth stops 15

pimples!?›loœowež §o r body wi aso start to prod e ore oi. ˜n yo r Šae this oi an i• with bateria and dead s„in e s. Wash yo r Šae with soap and water and try not to to h yo r Šae. ‚oth hep to „”p the pipes away« ‹Iƒ‹L E All of this is AL AND UR T NA MAL! NOR „ACTE‚IA body smells §o ay notie soe new stronger se s as yo r body starts to sweat ore in ding a hange in se nder yo r ars on hoer days. When yo sweat it i•es with bateria and an se a bit ore« ’a„ing reg ar baths or showers and sing deodorant ²or antiš perspirant³ nder yo r ars an hep yo to anage the se « 16

BOD hair? ’he hair on Y CHANGES! ! yo r head ay aso start to ‹irst yo ight s” “p bi hair” Š” oiy. growing betw”n yo r hip bones. Žt is oŠten soŠt and straight at the begi¼ing then it s a y beoes  ry. §o ight s” ore hair start to grow on yo r ars in yo r arpits or even on yo r Šae. Žt is a nora« Soe girs i„e to „”p the hair and soe girs i„e to reove it. †ither way is o„ b t it’s aways a gƒd idea to as„ an oder person who PUB IC yo tr st Šor advie beŠore area reoving it. his All of t is normal! white offš ‚­SCƒA„ ear white §o ay start to s” soe disharge on yo r nderwear. Soeties the disharge is ear white or an offšwhite oor. Do’tˆeworried… ’his is a nora and heathy sign that yo are growing inside. 17

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chapter two caring for y our body! 19

A€‚ … † „ W! –rowtS•urt wei t i ’hese are the years when yo wi §o wi start to grow hips with get ta er and ta er. Soe girs the sides oŠ yo r body growing e•periene growth sp rts  h rounder and fuller earier than boys and other girs their age. Growing ta er and gaining weight are ore signs that yo are beoing a yo ng ad t« –ETTIN– E‚… ALL T r owi  ˆre  t … er full i•… 2€

caring for y llti rowtmœe­oufeel hungrier, our bod †ating to Ši yo r body’s growing n”ds is iportant b t it’s aso iportant to eat Šƒds that are gƒd Šor yo r body. §o n”d y heathy Šƒd that wi hep yo r body and brain grow. Žt’s iportant to eat the right ao nt Šor yo r body. ‰ot tƒ  h or tƒ ie« ­i od ourˆ Š erow t   i f  ­timeie  t ­… ˆ ouwereˆ ­ ŽŠ yo an eating Šr its vegetabes whoe grain breads and ereas wi hep yo r body to grow strong. Žt wi aso hep yo r growing brain« Žt’s o„ to soeties have e­ heathy Šƒds i„e andy or s gary soda or Šried Šƒds. ½ st try to eat the in sa ao nts. 21

e ­eedeŸeri od ourˆ Š ow… ­d r  t l ­e  t o t  and it is w o r nes g o es and b  s r  o Žt heps y ary g e ising r r •e d« † r ƒ o r y o d Š ƒ o g as s oŠ ”ing e Š at e ­ an r e tr e s d e ay r ng and o tr ” s o Š t o ­ and hep y ha°ine . y d o r b o ent in y id nŠ o e the a„ o t y t r ad oŠ ’ e 22 t s s in r« air o t s at ev the e

caring for y Sientis t r s eoend our bod h s”p is g o Geing en ho y r s pe ant« r nig rt o o ip ht o s . as e ar ain r b and y d o b r o § ing w o r h g  oing S˜  d s. ar e e y ring thes d AvPRO T oid s IP! be r d ”n tie t s beŠ y o hep o r o e s”p be e r . ’ry to go to bed at the sae tie eah night. ªeg ar s”ping ho rs wi iprove the “ aity oŠ yo r rest« 23

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chapter three ha t’s a period all about? 25

t ou ab DS! l O l I A “period” is a part oŠ soething a ed yo r A R E enstr a ye. Žt ha°ens to girs and woen P abo t one a onth and yo ’ b”d a ie bit Šro yo r vagina. Žt s a y asts ¦š£ days. ¢on’t wo—yšit’s not bea se yo ’re h rt« It’turldorml •roettll irld wome otrou … y d o r b o an in y g r e’s an o r he ’ e a r s whe r e d the t a e o eŠ t s es it ar p e y pr d o oan’s b w . y b a ve a b ha eru —t ¢ ring yo r ye yo r ter s b ids p a  shy ining on the inside and then sheds it. ’his is where the bƒd yo ’ s” †Ž  i rie oes Šro. Ž 26

¡­iitlled­le™ wha §o r enstr a ye has Šo r ain stages that repeat over and overš µ st t’ a period a about i„e a ire. A reg ar ye ha°ens on average every 21š¦© days b t soe girs have shorter yes and soe girs have onger ones« A ye an aso vary. So don’t wo—y iŠ yo r period oes aŠter 2™ days one onth and aŠter ¾ days the ne•t onth. 1‰metrutio 2‰Œ†lliulr‹e ’his is the part oŠ yo r §o r terine ining begins to ye where yo r ter s 4 5 6 7 b id ba„ p and yo r ovaries sheds its iningšaso 3 8 9 get ready Šor soething 2 a ed “ov ation.” a ed yo r period« 1 1€ 28 St eof 11 27 metrul 12 6 13 2 25 ­le 14 4 15 2 23 716 22 21 8 1 2€ 9 1 1 3‰†Žultio 4‰Lutel‹e ’he tie betw”n ov ation and the §o r ovaries reease an e´« Širst day oŠ yo r period. Žt’s sort oŠ i„e yo r ter s’ rest period. Wait....an EGG? SPERM What are Eggs and Sperm?? §o won’t be abe to s” it b t inside yo r growing body yo have “e´s” that are deveoping. And inside a boy’s body there is soething a ed “sper” that are deveoping. ˜ne day when yo EGG are  h oder these e´s and sper together are what hep to a„e a baby. 27

Soƒo Much lood ill there be? o it is w r t ay o t d s ir .” ˜n the Š nt ao ht “ o rig e is n r he ’ a y it’s s s. € w o . And then it s w o  d Š r bƒ vie a a y a he s r o a Š t o s in t ƒn p es b a ” t o thr o t w nt oŠ t t the ao o b a e than r ding o e b” ar o thin„ y o d. ŽŠ y rio e pe r who o y r advie. o r Š give e r ar ent o ar o a p a„ t  t this oo od l kl o ik d bl e? o ri e es P t do Wha s. r o ent o r e d oes in a diff a bƒ tr s Men a tr s t en d« ‚ e ht r rig thin„ b o ” y d thin„ “bƒ o When y r o n y n o w o r s oŠ b r o ent o r e o be diff „ t en ƒ t i oŠ d w bƒ o r y s. ˜ ain t a s t s  µ s ht y ig r . And it an be ve ar e rw e nd oeties. ” s p  r a “ t” o o  ” a “ an s Tiillorml… How do I keep clean during my period? ’a„ing a shower or bath one or twie a day an hep yo to Š” ean. 28

wha hat about t’ a period a about Leaks? y r t eve d o r pr o e y hang o  d t ƒ Žt’s g o  y w o  d Š r bƒ e ht r ig o s. ‹ r ew ho Š s ain t a„ s e en. ŽŠ a  t ­ oŠ e e  hang an  o s t en  it ha° y o— t w n’ o thing d o r  o y t r wais o nd y o ie a shirt ar ne« ’ o y r eve e. hang an  o nti y ain t r the s ve o o t t n’ o d and d rio r pe o et y g o And iŠ y o t r  µ s n hand n o o ap r t ad o ve a p ha r o t it in y r and p ape et p oi oe t p s ne« ind o an Š o nti y ar e rw e nd ²Šor ore on prod ts s” page ¦¡«³ owt ol e  t i™  thes o r  ar o e rw e nd r o n y d o et bƒ g o ŽŠ y ap and o oe s ith s ashing the w y« W o— t w n’ o d . t s o ain t et the s i hep g r w e od wat 29

Žt’s ˜K ha° š it en s t S ž e t o M ome ƒ. ­dr S P rul t me ‹re dfor t ›S Žt’s not a disease or anything bad. ½ st a nat ra res t oŠ yo r body’s horones« ŸMS reŠers to a the different things that yo an Š” beŠore yo get yo r period. Soe girs Š” ” i Š Soe wi aso r girs w i„e their breasts ˜the h is oa t Š” pain in their e their s are swo en or sore i„  ed t r bloa ower ba„. o Š 3€ Šor a Šew days.

wha t’ a period a about ‹ƒSlo mœe­oufeel tional emo ’hese syptos wi go Allteeti re away sƒn aŠter yo r period orml… a—ives. ŽŠ yo are wo—ied abo t ŸMS ta„ to an ad t abo t it. out tˆ   „utw ed i ll eru et ut o t MPS? RA C s at ntr s o r e t r o When y t the sh o o p es«³ t ”¶ r s“ ²o a tr s ” as “en s o e that y ti­ es  s ”ing oŠ the  ” the Š d bƒ aps.” r d “ ing is a e ”¶ s“ y r oe girs this an be ve r s o ‹ painŠ  whie others ay not Š” it at a . oŽ r ­ 31

owdo­ou Manage cramps? Žt’s aways gƒd to as„ soeone yo tr st Šor advie on raps. Soe peope i„e to ta„e pain ediine i„e ib proŠen ²b t a„e s re to get this Šro an ad t«³. T! ADUL N A S A r war ad o ating p r ing a he h o oa Ÿ t r s o n y ain. th o o wash ith the p a„ an hep w r b e w o  TIN– A HE AD ‹ Soe girs as o Š ind that e •e r is e an r e d e the p ain t ƒ« 32 32

wha ¡tdo irllloŽerAmeri t’ a period a about llteir•eriod™ Geing yo r period is soething to be pro d oŠ« Žt is an iportant sign that yo r body is growing p. HELL Calling your period by its real O MY NAME IS: ‡ ‡ name a period! is great! ‚ t soe girs i„e to give Š n ni„naes to their periods. Girs aro­ the €SA shared a different naes Šor their periods that they se with Šriends« (Time Of Month)  HE T  ‚ED T D† 33

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chapter four Caring for y our period 35

w o n „ o o y w d o e«  t o s o b t t s a d o at ing what pr asi Š ng w oe b o o r n n has s r w sing „ etio ht o nŠ •t s o rig e is n he ne r Žt an be o e¯ ’  the r hƒs be o  ee « o ype t t r r y o e Š b what t ypes. ‚ a rt n t o t oŠ t oo s s the o t what’s o o b . Žt’s a r e w s an 36

Caring for y PRO TIPS: What’s i or ba? §o r period an be i—eg ar« When a gir starts enstr ating her our period period ay not oe as reg ary Šor the Širst year or two. ’hat’s nora« ‚ t it does ean yo n”d to be prepared. ere are soe tips Šro a Šew girs abo t what they i„e to do· “Ž aways a—y an e•tra prod t–or two–µ st in ase« §o never „now when yo ²or a Šriend«³ ight n”d one. Ž i„e to se pads so Ž „”p a o pe e•tra in one oŠ y ba„pa„’s po„ets.“ ²ore abo t prod tsš page ¦¥«³ “Ž oŠten get raps when Ž’ on y period. Soeties Ž go ay down on a ot in the n rse’s offie iŠ the raps are rea y bad. ²’hey ight aso have e•tra prod ts in ase yo Šorget«³ Ž aso „”p y Šavorite sna„ in y ba„pa„ Šor when Ž’ Š”ing down.” ²ore abo t rapsš page ¦1«³ “My period isn’t ‘reg ar’ yet b t tra„ing y ye on a aendar heps e estiate when it wi start«” ²ore abo t tra„ingš page ›2«³ 37

d™ t­lieror• ‹ o it an  s rbent o bs e a r r and o e ad is thi„ A p y ant . Ÿ r y ine ant d³ than a p id ²bƒ e i“ r hod o r when  o ays ding d ht b” n ig n o r o s an be w r ine n. etio t o a pr •tr o give e n t o ap aring a t e w iœ™ iormediumort T ¡i orowi ™ ar e an w o  y ays w d o  r Š e ht r ig o ‹  ays w d o  r Š vie a r he o ad. ‹ a thin p r thi„  o di ar a e e an w o y r a e eŠ ht pr ig o r s”ping y o ad. ‹ p ad. ht p nig r ve r o e thi„  s ing ith w s w ad r p e eŠ Soe girs pr r o o oŠ y  o nd the b o ap ar r h w whi « o o y p t ey et t it is op  b ar e rw e nd rit™ ouwe d­ oul o  Howl  r e ht d is ig rio r pe o s. When y r r 2š¦ ho o e Š ag r ve ˜n a r vie a ve a he e ay ha p o s. Soe pe r y ¡š¥ ho r e eve hang  en. t e oŠ r e o hang o  d t w and n” o  d Š rio pe l™ outdi•o tˆ  ¡ r e a° r t w d o e a pr s in ti­ ad ap p r W ash o the tr t int r and p ape et p oi r t o n the w o ad d  sh a p o Š y t t tr n’ o an. ¢ d. o´e et  ht g e it ig s et bea oi t 38

HOW TO pu Caring for y a n a p our period 1 ‹eelit… r y ine ant r p ad o ” the p Ÿ t š µ s r e a° r ff oŠ the w o r« e ti„ e a s i„ 2 tiœit… S ad e oŠ the p ˜ne sid o ti„ it t ti„y« S is s a oŠ e o ar  o the b . ar e rw e nd r o y 3 wi it… ” s ing ti„y “w ad has s r p o ŽŠ y o  o nd the b o ap the ar r w hey hep . ’ ar e rw e nd r o oŠ y hod it in pae« 39

tampons Li torre ulroru•er™ §o an try the a and s” whih is ost oŠortabe« Most girs start with “ight.” ŽŠ yo r bƒd Šow is very heavy yo ight want to hange to the reg ar or s per si¶es. A••li t oror ti o••li rd t or™ o ’ his is ‹l p t o y o « § o oe an tr y b o and s th ” whi h y Crdˆ o i„ e bes t ²‹ . o r o r e a b o t t ap o n s s  ” p ag e ¥™«³ rit™ ouwe d­ oul o  Howl  r e ht d is ig rio r pe o s. When y r r 2š¦ ho o e Š ag r ve ˜n a r vie a ve a he e ay ha p o s. Soe pe r y ¡š¥ ho r e eve hang  t o t n en. Žt’s bes t e oŠ r e o hang o  d t w and n” o  d Š rio pe h. g s tho r r than ¥ ho e ng o r  o ne Š ar o e o w t ¡  tˆ outdi•o ’ l™ he s ae as p ad s« W r ap the in ti­ a pr e o d t w r a° e r o r t oi et p ape p r and t int o the tr ash an. ª ee be r ‰†¨†ª Š š  sh the d o w n the t oi et« 4€

period underear Caring for y our period ¡trete­™ ar e rw e nd peia ar is s e rw e nd d rio e Ÿ ria in it e rbent at o bs that has an a an wash and o d. § p bƒ a„ o o s t e the« s e r ti¢e™  ¡ r the r o o e as y ae si¶ he s ’ ent ¡ r  e tt hey oe in diff iœe™ ar« ’ e rw e nd o ne y et o e o s € es – s p t y t o y s and s o it « ŽŠ y Š o ha ve he e« a b vie a bƒ rt r o d Š t oŠ s  o ind o w Š  tr y thi„ e r o ptio n s. em™ rt ouwe d­ oul o  Howl r ne o e o w« Chang o  d Š r bƒ o n y s o pend e ¢ s n tio tr s ad the in e o wash the r . ’ ay ie a d w t o a washing ety int o dir oe an g d as s e vid o pr y hand. d b d be washe s sho r the hine and o a menstrual cups Soe peope i„e to se enstr a  ps. §o an se a  p over and over. Siiar to tapons  ps are inserted into the vagina. Most  ps are re sabe. As„ an ad t or ƒ„ at the prod t bo• Šor ore inŠoration. 41

n e h od? o ri n e ­ ˆ  ­ ill     ti ƒo et  •at w the e o n o „ d t ’ Žt’s har i d w I rio r pe o ay when y d a o agi b e is n r he oe. ’ •aty when t e eas r o o Š t en« i ha° it w †ew­totr­toœowitotrœoledr‰ and then d rio r pe o ay oŠ y t d s ir Mar„ the Š i d w rio •t pe r ne o ays. § d 2¥ d rwar o nt Š o ’ he r e ar e e as ang o any es an r  r that y be ee ƒn« ª art s t s a° r at s that an hep e et be ’ g o ays. § © d o 21š¦ r Š y o w ith tr r tie« a„ing... ve diting o e pr PERIOD! ...b t y o n” a d an ad y t t o hep y o  €‚ a 42 d

Caring for y Žemore  UESTIONS? our period o ne who y o oe o s a„ t sing tie. ’ nŠ his is a o a y ˜K« ’ t o hat’s t ’ ving their ”n ha ne who has b o oe o s a„ t o t a t e d id ƒ t« Žt’s a g s tr r e sin od  o r he a e  t nt  a r e t r sis e  od r the r o o e y s i„ ar e r y o d Š rio pe « o r y o d advie Š ƒ s oŠ g t o ve  i ha hey w e. ’ s r hƒ n  r s  o riend Š Or a guid ance Ask a school counsel nurse! or A friend! An older sister or cousin! our MOm, Y , or ad d careperson Teachers CAN help y ou, t oo! 43

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chapter fie My firs t period: S t ories from re al girls ’he Šo owing setion has a seetion oŠ stories Šro girs a aro­ the €SA abo t their Širst period« ½ st i„e every gir is ni“ e every person’s e•periene is a ie differentš and yo rs wi be tƒ« ½ st reeber that yo ’re not aoneš everyone goes thro gh p berty« 45

Stor­1:ƒ­ur•rie ummerwitdd d rio t pe s ir t y Š o Ž g s od. ar e when Ž was 12 y Ž was visiting y dad in Seae Šor the s er so Ž had no iediate enstr ating reatives ose to e. My dotor had tod e that Ž ight get y period sƒn b t Ž wasn’t that wo—ied. ƒom 46

€y fir t period  oriet d e t ´es ad s ¢ ith o sho°ing w that Ž g r o riend Š e Š ea t Š his bes s. t d o d pr rio pe Hey  why don’t y ou go D with e   and grab o e d ’ uppie ­u  „ t in cae e t fri  e e d T 47

oe oŠ y e s e ar hes ’ et’s esš  rit o v a Š s. ad ith p art w t s e e ar r he ’ o any« s Žt’s a gƒd thing Ž did bea se abo t a w”„ ater Ž went to the bathrƒ and notied bƒd in y nderwear« o d was and even what t rio new what a pe Ž „ r o e Š ar p e y pr r tr an neve o t y  b •pet e e Ž s y bea o r d t e art t d. Ž s rio t pe s ir r Š o y d. e ar 48 was s

S €y fir ­ t e a ooˆ a r« deep bre Žt’s i„ e a th and ti„ t period  big s called my mom She ad e e Š ” a  o t be t e r and t a g orie ht e ho w t p o t o n a p ad o ve r the pho ne. ’ han„ Š y  y d ad was s pe r s ° o rtive and t ƒ „ e o t t o b y a the Š ƒ d s Ž was r a ving. My d ad and Ž ha ve a ways had a  o s e r eatio n ship  s o Ž was neve r aŠ r aid t o t e hi a b o t anything in ding y pe rio d. 49

e ing •ting hi and t e r t be ee Ž r e s et bea a a„y Š e e a  et i„ hi Ž Š  Ž ad r p the o et an o g p t t o when Ž g . ƒr ƒ Š athr o the b nt d o e a„ e  doing ok? . . . I guess so e a ik l eel t I f Bu t! e auc ky f ea l oh no! . . . p , dri p dri t s no t’ t i eas t l a od! a big flo ol l € M A I­E y e new e who ar p o ng pe o e y d t o Ž w d when e ar ” s o Š ating that it’s o„ t tr s en e s ar d rio  and that pe d rio t pe s ir r Š o et y g o y . d oŠ t be ashae dn’ sho o oething y s 5€

Stor­2:AueŸ•eted €y fir ummerŽiitor t period  t oriet s g n A d o rio t y pe o Ž g ™th 201¡ when Ž was 1¦. My o sins were visiting Šor the s er vaation so we deided to go to the par„. 51

Ž went with y sisters y o sins y a nts and y o. Ž was wearing grey sweats and bro ght a sweater in ase it got hi y. er oƒƒƒ t la As Ž was paying Ž s Àeny notied a stain on y sweats. Ž tho ght that it was  d so Ž br shed it off and ontin ed to pay. 52

’here was a ovie showing in €y fir the par„ that evening so we t period  deided to stay and wath. oriet 53

As we were eaving y o notied the stain Šro beŠore and reai¶ed Ž got y period. She “ i„y tied y sweater aro nd y waist and we r shed hoe. Ž was rea y onŠ sed as to what was ha°ening and Šet sared. e h¯ Oh s« We ar Kid ving« ‰˜W« dear! a e  When Ž got hoe y o tod e to go straight to the bathrƒ and when Ž p ed down y nderpants Ž saw Ž was b”ding. Ž was rea y onŠ sed... ƒƒƒ … ƒ ™ Go to the †ƒ … † † bathrƒ † † † † † ƒ Ž’ be right there o„¯ Why a Ž b” ding«¯ 54

€y fir My o ae in and showed e how to p t a pad on. o t period  e t e thes an s o § d. p the bƒ a„ o s r o o in y hey g t ’ . orie ar e rw e nd Ž went to y bedrƒ and ontin ed to ry bea se Ž didn’t „now what was ha°ening. ’his eans yo ’re beoing a yo ng woan« 55

Atho gh y o e•pained things to e she didn’t get into  h detai. AŠterwards Ž went on the internet to try to earn ore. Ž Šet tƒ eba—a­ed to as„ y o ore “ estions. Ž sti haven’t ta„ed to y dad or brothers abo t y period either. 56

€y fir rR a a b ss e e t be tio D t period  ’ s  e s o k„ ! D s o a t oriet € M A I­E Ž want y sisters to „now they an as„ e or others they tr st any “ estions they ay have abo t periods. Ž was not oŠortabe and reied on the internet whih didn’t aways answer y “ estions and was soeties rea y overwheing« 57

Stor­3:Aewt­•eof mtl•roˆlem th iŠ  Ž was in Š d rio t y pe o When Ž g oing ht ine g aig tr e in a s r e e. We w ad r g o ath a­. d t e ad s he air t p the s As we went p Ž started to Š” noŠortabe and y ba„ started to h rt. As we wa„ed inside o r a­rƒ Ž started to Š” stoah pains and ahing. 58

€y fir d e eid ain Ž d e the p r o n o ig ying t r tr e t Š A ƒ... t period  athr e the b o s e y hand t ais o r t acher oriet e but my t  didn’t let me go  so e and r at the Ž s suffere raising y hand every Šive in tes. 59

‹ina y she et e go. Ž ...and as Ž eaned yseŠ p wa„ed in the bathrƒ what Ž saw was NOT what Ž and sed the toiet... was e•peting««« Ž was in sho„ not „nowing what to do. Ž tho ght this was the end Ž at a y tho ght Ž was ˜r aybe it was a  t¯¯¯ Ž got a b nh oŠ toiet paper and st ffed it in y nderwear. 6€

Ž went ba„ to a­ €y fir and had to partner with a Šriend to t period  opete a wor„sh”t. oriet We pi„ed a spot by the sin„ and o nter. As we sat on the Šƒr Ž was sti Š”ing a ot oŠ disoŠort. We Šinished o r proµet and as Ž sid p to go hand in y wor„ Ž t rned aro nd and saw a trai oŠ bƒd Ž ade as Ž sƒted to get p. Ž graÁed ti­ es to wipe it. Ž was so sared and eba—a­ed. ’han„Š y no one saw. 61

As shƒ ended Ž went to y aŠter shƒ progra where we wo d wait Šor o r parents. Ž was very ose to y AŠterare teahers and Ž tr sted the. Ž tod the what was ha°ening and that Ž had to go to the hospita bea se the b”ding wasn’t sto°ing«««« Don’t worr y  it’ o‚! As Ž tod y AŠterare teahers they started laughing Ž was ¨†ª§ onŠ sed. 62

€y fir ’hey e•pained to e what a ­eriod is how it wor„s t period  and what to do. AŠter that Ž Šet ore ed ated and oriet reai¶ed a whoe new hapter oŠ y iŠe had µ st started.  how can My teahers ae with e to the Hey  i ƒ hep bathrƒ and gave e a pad they had. Ž sed it and Šet saŠer. ’hen they a ed y oder brother to pi„ e p sine y othes were stained. M A I­E€ Stay a and te a Šeae ad t and they wi hep yo to start yo r µo rney. ªeeber that it’s o„ iŠ it’s i—eg ar or hanges shed e soeties. ‚ring an e•tra period prod t wherever yo go« §o never „now when it ay s rprise yo « 63

Stor­4:ƒ­•ur•le •t•i hƒ...  e Ž was at s d whi rio t pe s ir t y Š o Ž g . Ž was ht as it hit en it rig  o d g new Ž’ and Ž „ s and Ž ant e p rp e p rit o v a hƒ in y Š  at s ƒ. athr o the b shing t r r be ee r Âh...Ž goa go...right now... so—yš‚§†« n o n o n o n o ... 64

€y fir t period  t d b aw the bƒ Ž s ve any t ha Ž didn’ s oriet t d o einine pr Š t y t p o Ž µ s s n and a„ o s b ant p . t r the bes o d Š pe ho od e riend t  y Š r e r at An ho s. ant h y p g o ” it thr d s o o y e a ou ha  y ey ain on t ar s  our behin! y I had bled throh  ­r­le ­ats!! 65

at and s and s ant e y p o hid r t o e s n ane o id hƒ g  o the s ent t So Ž w s ant oe new p ring e s o b r y o t o d Š e e Ž wait r whi ith he d w e a„ t AŠter shƒ y o tƒ„ e to the dr g store and ta ght e the “ay oŠ the and” abo t pads and tapons. o! so any options!! 66

r €y fir e t  y o and sis d rio r oŠ y pe e eaind r the r o ‹ e t period  hang o  w t new ho e Ž „ r e s o a„ ay t y d r d e eve hepe °ies. h s g o ht e en g o r e and b hang o  when t pads tapons oriet M A I­E€ ¢on’t be sared to get yo r period it’s perŠety nat ra. ‹ind an oder gir or woan and as„ her any and a “ estions yo have. ¢on’t be aŠraid we a go thro gh p berty. Žt’s a nora part oŠ growing p« 67

Stor­5:utr totereue…… d rio t pe s ir t y Š o We  when Ž g e as y s nt’s ho Ž was at y a n. w o t oŠ t r was o the ando r g utr’A•rtmet m­ou ewit –r dm ay d dnes So it was a We  p e o„ ning when Ž w r o h was oa t r s e w o and y  y a y re a rting re h ain that Ž adˆ a „ind oŠ p b e. r o et beŠ r Š neve 68

€y fir eŠ t period  t ys o Ž g d... t oŠ be o oriet d tie o ...and Ž n e... ang tr oething s s S L HR A S€ ­ SH ALL  R M 69

ƒ and athr o the b ent t So Ž w e was r eŠ and the d ys ipe w e«« r the ti­ ve d a o bƒ AU­T sara!!! Soething O ng o r is w Y! ith e« O­€ w t ¢idn’ r y eve d o b any o o y a„ t t r o t y o b a d¯ rio Ž’ pe d« e ar s a what a e o id ²Ž had n ny in d was« Ž was o rio pe e at the tie«³ ad r d g ¦r 7€

pain €y fir eds Ÿa d s t period  oriet s and ad ve e p a She g pain ediine and tod e everything Ž n”ded to do when Ž get y period. She e•pained to e that Ž was hiing p berty and beoing a yo ng woan« GIRL OWER P M A I­E€ Go o t and ta„ with yo r Šaiy ebers or to soeone yo tr st and as„ “ estions. ¢on’t be aŠraid we as woen go thro gh p berty. Žt’s a a nora part oŠ growing p. 71

Stor­6:ƒ­fourt rdeoœ… Ž reeber on the day oŠ y Širst enstr a period Ž was in the bathrƒ at y eeentary shƒ. The hole ay I ha ha a heaa‚he an I felt a eir feeling in y sto a‚hƒ Soe oder girs were h Àed aro nd the sin„ ta„ing abo t whether they se ‘pads’ or ‘tapons.’ Ž had no  e what they were ta„ing abo t. e b  r g ’hey were saying soething abo t bƒd oing o t oŠ their private parts«« ’hat an’t be right Ž tho ght... 72

Ž a­ ed it was bog s b t Ž te•ted y Šriend and he„ed €y fir y nderwear Šor bƒd µ st in ase...and nothing« t period  he oriet y wha a t r e periods ? umm idk . . . do u ask?y nvm AŠter shƒ y Šaiy went o t to eat. ‚ t Ž wasn’t Š”ing we  so we deided to µ st ta„e o r Šƒd to go and go hoe instead. ... r e 73

than„s Ž went straight to bed o. when Ž got hoe. Žt tƒ„ e a ie whie to Ša as”p b t Ž Šina y did nti... Ž s Àeny wo„e p Š”ing very noŠortabe«« I „€…T …ie I ha et the be!! Ž ran to the bathrƒ as Šast as Ž o d and as Ž sat on the toiet Ž saw ‚‘â in y nderwear«« is that... blood?! I’ di! ’he big girs were right« €? 74

… €y fir E —‹…… ˜h honey £ A … ¡ yo ’re going D t period  DA to be o„«« ƒ… † ƒ oriet I’ di! ƒ and athr o the b ent t Ž w r y ve d a o e’s bƒ r the o a an ve t e ha ar and w e w« rw o e ht n nd ane rig b a Ž didn’t nderstand why they weren’t Šrea„ing o t«« …ile… ‚ t then y o e•pained what was ha°ening and tod e how this eant Ž was a woan. My dad said he „new the day wo d oe where he wo d have to go to the store and b y his da ghter pads. M A I­E€ ’ry to stay a even tho gh it ight s” sary and reeber that yo aren’t aone« †veryone goes thro gh p berty. 75

Stor­7:teeof telow•oœe•eriod My Širst period ae in grad a y Šor severa days near the end oŠ y si•th grade year. Žt was rea y onŠ sing Šor e at Širst and Ž didn’t „now what was going on. Ž didn’t nderstand why there were sa brown spots in y nderwear. What is n¯ oing o g 76

€y fir t period  pt e s „ ain t o Ž r the s r s e t ”„ o Š A r a w o oriet aring Š e a° d that it was y e ai¶ e r ‚irst period€ ters e Ž had s aid bea r t Ž was a bit aŠ s ir t Š A . n atio tr s en t o b a s thing ad b oŠ t o  a d ar he 77

So Ž deided to te y o... t o Mo Ž thin„ Ž g d« rio t pe s ir y Š o¯ o Ž d What d o ae t o Gir y ht pae«« the rig ...and she set e p with pads right away. My o’s onŠident reation ade e Š”  h beer abo t y period. 78

€y fir ƒe a ting p My ain Šear abo t ad enstr ation was the raps t period  and they aren’t Š n b t Ž proise yo wi s rvive. ’here are any ways to red e the oriet pain Šro raping. ‹ind what wor„s best Šor yo « e‰ercise ’he ost iportant thing to reeber is that yo sho d not be ashaed oŠ yo r period or yo r body and its hanges. ’hey are nat ra P ain medicine heathy and there isn’t anything wrong with yo at a . M A I­E€ ¢on’t be aŠraid oŠ yo r period« Ž nderstand and agr” it an be “ ite a hange b t everything wi wor„ itseŠ o t. With tie yo r period wi µ st beoe a nora part oŠ yo r iŠe. SA­ SRƒ„€ 79

Stor­8:–rdm Žeted­… Ž was at y granda’s ho se when Ž got y Širst period. Ž had a very bad stoah ahe whih Ž ater earned was cramps… 8€

€y fir Ž was honesty very sared bea se Ž didn’t „now t period  what was ha°ening... oriet ...and aso y o was away so Ž was not abe to ta„ to her. 81

Ž didn’t te y granda bea se Ž „new y oder o sins had pads in the bathrƒ. g——— r Whe ... r e ar e they«¯ T! O †A‡P Ž anaged to Šind soe and p t one on. 82

€y fir t period  OH NO!!! oriet When Ž went hoe ater that night Ž reai¶ed Ž did not have any pads or tapons at y ho se... ...so Ž a ed y granda bea se Ž was sared to te y dad. 83

She ae by y ho se and e•pained everything Ž n”ded to „now and gave e the s °ies Ž n”ded Šor the ne•t w”„. What an e•iting day««« Ž a so gad yo a ed« ‹eriod Su • • l ie e  ti • d ie re m • i • med d Ž started the £th grade with y period that w”„ and Ž HA I… 84

Most oŠ y Šriends heped €y fir bea se they had aready t period  goen their periods so Ž Š” i„e Ž got  „y. Me t w o ƒ«« t n orie d ‘et e „ n” o iŠ y as« •tr Ž Š” i„e the ain e thing girs n”d to „now is that they don’t n”d to Š” weird or sared to te soeone. € M A I­E Žt ha°ens to everyone at a ertain point in their iŠe. ŽŠ yo an Šind soeone yo tr st and te the. ’hey wi nderstand and they wi hep yo . 85

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‚eri mƒh „users! We oŠten hear ots oŠ advie and ideas abo t periods. Soe oŠ it is tr e and soe oŠ it is not.  Can yo te whih ones are true or false? ‰ Iti owerduri  our•eriod ­ o t t dn’ sho o § t and at ho e  ff t piy s s e a t s e ho i„ r o ring y d d. rio When y pe o ha ve y o pe r ­ rio ou d  eŸeri d•l e ­•or t … 88

a the f act ! yo ight r “BREAK e d es the  oŠ y eng o th OU r pe T” rio d. ²g et pip beŠ es³ o r e o r d y ring o r pe rio d o an g o § d. rio r pe o n y e o ’r o when y rin„ r d at o t e dn’ e ie sho i„ o § d. cold t†ings‡ rio r pe o ring y 89 a d e r

¤ue ti o er w  ve A ‘˜’ o ha ra t o Žt’s n oe e s e ar r e s«  n tio es oŠ “ s n tio es n “ o oo s t r e w s an y d o t b o b ve a girs ha s. d rio es and pe hang  9€

a the f act ! ­ l ˆ  t r o mf l o Že  r u t o  ­ ow  H d™ o i et er ht g ur • ig o o  ­ it w e ve ing and thin„ y hang a  a  s e tr t d ar o o a pr e tr d« ŽŠ y s e en ar p h e g o anag o d t ‚e pr ring en n” o b o e t r  be s d rio r pe a„ing and anything y o e y e oŠ  aps. d r thing in as rio o o pe oŠ  r ain Š p  ™ r fe e ­  t ll   re m  •  o r e d r n in o atio tr s ring en agina d o the v d int e rt e s e in s ar n o ap ’ o ng as y o e as  o s e t aŠ y s r e ve hey ar . ’ w o  a Š tr s rb en o bs o a t ad e o r  t en. Žt an be hepŠ t e oŠ r r o s o r y ¡š¥ ho r e the eve hang  et t g  they an’ y o— t w n’ o •. ¢ o t b d o n the pr nd o o s Š n tio tr s the in h g e tho b aia v s a t d o a pr tr s e any en e ar r he agina. ’ r v o t in y s o  t en’ aiies ar e. Soe Š o s want t o e what y eid o d et t g o and y . t it o b o the a a„ t e t r s n e ’r o o iŠ y  s s n o ap ith t e w b a rt o oŠ 91

ru t l  ˆ e l of m ood i d   t œi orm    l ¡ ™ ‰ora enstr a bƒd ranges in oor Šro ight red to bright red to dar„ red to brown. €s a y the Širst day or two is a heavier bƒd Šow and then it beoes ighter.  it me e  t do  if  ¡ d oo l l o e ˆ t Ž   ou  ­ e ‹ r r io ou d ˆ ­ l  oo i d ™ Žt’s perŠety nora« ’he ining oŠ the ter s that sheds d ring enstr ation is ade p oŠ bƒd and ti­ e so it is oon to s” sa ots or  ps oŠ bƒd d ring yo r period. e w   t i t  e t i  oo ¡ e­  t  uff T  t   ˆ e i ­ u o d u e rw r e r  om etim ’he white st ff is e™ a ed vagina disharge. Žt is t o t a y n o ra and n o thing t o be e b a— a­e d a b o t . ‰ora disharge ²ear white off white³ is heathy. ŽŠ the disharge beoes very thi„ with a h n„yši„e te•t re or Šishy se that o d be a sign oŠ an inŠetion so yo ay want to visit a edia proŠe­iona or ta„ to an ad t yo tr st µ st to be saŠe. 92

a the f e i it orm   t l   t w  t  r • act fi er ur io o d o et ­ ™ t Most peope wi get their Širst ! period betw”n ages ¥ and 1› years od. ‚ t reeber that everyone’s body is different and whenever yo start is o„« §o r body is on its own shed e«  ow do ­ o u œ  ow w   i e   ­ i l o ­ u i r od  t ˆ o  t r t ­ our • e ™ rio e d im t t  t e f  § ir o w i „ n o w that y o ha ve y o r pe rio d Š o r the Š ir bƒ s d w t tie bea i oe o s t oŠ y e o r v agina. Soe girs Š o ” the bƒ t  whi d oing e o the r s µ s t n o tie a s t ain o n their nd e rw e ar . Iitturlto et omeˆret•i™ §es any peope wi e•periene breast tenderne­ espeia y right beŠore or d ring their period. §o r breasts ay aso Š” a ie sore soeties as part oŠ the growing proe­. 93

¡­im­•eriodometimeol­3 d­dometimelo 7d­™ †veryone’s ye ength is different and yo rs ay hange over tie. ‹or the Širst year or two aŠter yo start yo r period it’s nora to be i—eg ar. Žt wi i„ey beoe ore reg ar over tie. ¡­doem­•eriodœi•ometime™Ad¥ orourmoretoetime•ermot™ ‹or a year or two aŠter yo start yo r period it’s nora Šor yo r ye to be i—eg ar b t it wi i„ey beoe ore reg ar over tie. §o r period doesn’t go by the “onth” e•aty. Žt ha°ens on average every 2© – ¦© days. So that ay ean yo get it twie in one “onth”« 94

a the f t o  •r l ¡­doome irl et d i rm•domedo’t™ act Žt a depends on the horones in yo r ! body« orones a ed “prostagandins” hep the ter s shed its ining d ring yo r period and they aso a se enstr a raps. Soe peope have ore prostagandins than others and so they ight e•periene ore severe enstr a raps. ¡tel•rm•ˆeidemeditio™ €sing a heating pad siing in a hot bath or geing soe e•erise an a„e raps Š” beer. ŽŠ this doesn’t hep ta„ to a parent dotor or another ad t yo tr st abo t yo r raps. AreeŸtremel­•iful rm•orml™ Soe period raps are nora b t they sho dn’t „”p yo Šro paying sports going to shƒ or doing any oŠ yo r reg ar ativities. ŽŠ yo r raps are so painŠ  that yo aren’t abe to go abo t yo r day nora y yo sho d ta„ to a dotor or a tr sted ad t. 95

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 ow   t’ oi oi HIS bod y?? o any ve s o ha oys as ‚ ring dies d o es in their b hang  e y« Soe oŠ thes rt be p e e l oe ar e physia s es ar hang  mu  owt e the r oe ar na and s tio eo ae as girs« s ain r and g a e w t o r hey g ’ et hair hey g ƒ. ’ ht t eig w e their  i„ in new paes r their e e nd a e bi ar p aes« tti t n their Š ars and o o beoe dies as o heir b ’ o they an ll  s e oiy r o es and new er…… et pip o g as e s. y s d o b ir” il  f oo… et •im•l ‚oys aso e•periene hanges in their eotions in ding Š”ing highs and ows. 98

…ha  t About Bo ow   t’ differet for bos? s« y d rio et pe t g n’ o We  they d s an g r e their o sid enty and in r e it diff e b dies ar o heir b ’ r  bi´e aia hair et Š hey g . ’ ent r e e diff nes ar ro and ho e« hang oies   and their v es  s  Žt an be eba—a­ing Šor the when their voies s“ ea„ as they hange so try not to a gh« ‚oys aso get soething a ed not rna ei­ions ²or “wet dreas”³ and soething a ed eretions whih is when the penis Ši s with bƒd and beoes harder. Žt an be eba—a­ing or noŠortabe Šor a boy to get sed to these hanges. ’hey an’t ontro the any ore than a gir an ontro a period. 99

o ti s a ! l t a or ‡ So any “ estions †ven iŠ they don’t oe p d ring this tie „now a the answers they when yo r body is hanging an probaby hep yo to Šind so  h« Žt’s gƒd to Šind the. Maybe yo r other a tr sted ad t who yo oder sister a nt granda an ta„ to abo t Šather or a Šaiy Šriend. everything. DAD ƒomorAut deri… ol 1€€

§o are going thro gh s h an e•iting tie oŠ hange with so  h hanging inside and o tside yo r body. Œeel•rouddofidet ˆout­ourˆod­ e… ’hey are speia to yo  and it’s a a part oŠ growing p« A shƒ n rse or teaher an hep answer “ estions tƒ« ½ st reeber t e  a the big peope in yo r iŠe er orur went thro gh p berty tƒ. e r dm 1€1

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lossary Areol Areoas ²airš”šohš hs³ are the dar„er ro nd area aro nd the ni°es on yo r breasts. ’hey range in oor ²Šro pin„ to red to brown to ba„³ and si¶e. „loti ‚oating is a sypto that any peope e•periene beŠore and d ring their period. Žt ight Š” i„e yo r be y is swo en or very Š . CLot¥CLum• As the ter s sheds its ining it’s nora to have geši„e bobs or  ps oŠ bƒd or ti­ e ²aso „nown as “ots”³ that oe o t oŠ the vagina d ring enstr ation. E  †´s are one oŠ the se• e s n”ded to start a pregnany. 1€4

Etro ed‹ro eteroe †strogen ²ehšstr hšµn³ and Ÿrogesterone ²prošµehšstršown³ are horones that are iportant Šor body deveopent d ring p berty ainy in girs. ƒetrul‹rodut Menstr a prod ts s h as pads and tapons are ites sed d ring a period to absorb enstr a bƒd. ƒetrutio Menstr ation ²enšstrƒšAšsh n³ is another word Šor having a period. Menstr ation is when the ter s sheds bƒd and ti­ e o t oŠ the vagina s a y Šor a Šew days every onth aŠter p berty starts. ’his is aso a ed a enstr a ye. 1€5

†Žultio ˜v ation ²ahšvy hšayšsh n³ is when an e´ is reeased Šro an ovary whih s a y ha°ens abo t one every onth aŠter p berty starts. ‹remetrulS­drome Ÿreenstr a Syndroe ²pr”šenšstr h³ ²sinšdrow³ or ŸMS desribes the eotiona hanges or “ƒd swings” that an Š t ate with soeone’s enstr a ye. Žt an aso in de other syptos i„e breast tenderne­ Šƒd ravings boating ba„ pain and tiredne­. ‹rot ldi Ÿrostagandins ²prašstašganšdin¶³ are horones that hep the ter s s“ ”¶e o t the bƒd and ti­ e d ring enstr ation. When the ter s s“ ”¶es soe peope Š” raps in their ower be y or ba„ area. ‹uˆi Ÿ bi ²pyƒšbi³ is the triang ar area µ st above the vagina and beow the be y. Ÿeope start to grow hair aro nd their p bi area d ring p berty. 1€6

Tetoteroe ’estosterone ²tehšstÄšstršown³ is a horone that is iportant Šor body deveopent d ring p berty ainy in boys. uteru €ter s ²yƒštrš s³ is an organ inside oŠ a Šeae’s body. ’his is where the bƒd and ti­ e d ring a period oes Šro. 1€7

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