Sex Education: For Learners
Sex education isn’t spoken about nearly enough. As a teenager, your body will be going through a lot of changes. Puberty can be a very confusing time and that’s okay.
Your body and puberty.
As a woman
You will start observing the development of breasts, widening of hips, and growth of hair in your pubic area, under the arms, and on your legs to some extent. Your body will also begin the cycle of menstruation – monthly periods of bleeding that prepares your uterus for child-bearing.
As a man
You will start observing the deepening of your voice, and growth of hair along your face, arms, legs, and genital areas. Growth of the testicles and scrotum, and involuntary erections has been reported as a common occurrence.
Understand your new body
You will have many questions as you navigate puberty. Some of them include whether or not a certain aspect is “normal”. It’s okay to talk to your friends about these changes, but remember that every person is unique. While the general age for onset of puberty could be anywhere between 13 and 18, it is not uncommon for puberty to begin as early as 9 years of age, or as late as 19. Your rate and pace of development may also be very different from your friends.
We're all in this together.
Remember to be supportive and understanding of yourself and your peers. Some ways you could do this is by preparing yourself.
- Carry a pad in case you or one of your friends gets her period.
- Respect boundaries. Everyone has different ways of processing change.
- Talk to your parents or other adults in your life about basic items you might need – whether it’s a new bra or just some more information.
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