In our regular check-in with a registered nurse, Hannah Grace, we ask your questions about your body, and get the professional’s verdict.
I Stink. Am I Sweating Too Much?
The hormonal changes your body is going through during puberty can increase the amount that you sweat. But don’t worry or get embarrassed, it’s normal for girls to sweat just like boys! Keep a simple hygiene routine and avoid using harsh soaps or deodorants as these can actually make things worse!
Is Vaginal Discharge Normal?
Lots of girls ask if vaginal discharge is normal, and most of the time this is a perfectly ordinary part of becoming a woman. It helps keep your vagina moist and protects against infection. The amount can vary and the colour can range from clear to creamy depending where you are in your menstrual cycle. However, if the discharge becomes coloured or smelly, go see your GP.
My Periods Are Irregular. Is Something Wrong?
Girls often worry about getting caught out at school starting their period as it may take a few months or even years for your period cycle to start becoming regular. Your body is just getting into the swing of things! Be prepared and carry a little purse in your bag with pads/tampons just in case you are early or late.
Should I Check For Cancer? How Can I Check?
Self-health checks, boys and girls- it’s important to get to know how your body usually looks and feels. For girls, check your breasts by gently feeling around the breast area and under your armpit- a good time to do this is in the shower by making it part of your daily routine! Get to know how your breasts feel at different parts of your cycle.
For boys, it is important to check each testicle separately by gently rolling each between your fingers checking for any lumps. They should feel smooth (without lumps, however you may feel a soft tube at the back of each testicle called the epididymis). This too can become part of a shower or bath routine. Remember, it is normal for one testicle to be slightly bigger than the other or hang slightly lower.
Do you have questions about your potentially (but probably not) weird body? Embarrassed to ask in person? Send in them to our nurse here.
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