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Webchat: Body Changes 02.10.2017 4:30-5pm

Join us for a chat from 4:30pm on Monday 2nd October 2017.

Wanting to know about body changes and want to ask a question you might be too embarrassed to ask in person?

Join us online and talk to a school nurse about how your body changes and develops as you grow. Remember……everyone changes at different rates, everyone goes through body changes at different points in their life.

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Chat Health (Alison - Moderator) / 2 Oct 16:24

Hello, the webchat is due to start in 5 minutes. Please feel free to join in.

Chat Health (Alison - Moderator) / 2 Oct 16:29

Hello and welcome to the web chat today. Todays Topic is body changes, please feel free to join in the chat and ask questions.

Chat Health (Alison - Moderator) / 2 Oct 16:31

There are many changed that will happen as you travel through puberty. These will vary from male to female and from person to person. The information below is the general picture of what Puberty will be like for you.

Chat Health (Alison - Moderator) / 2 Oct 16:34

Girls' changes

Bodies become curvier and hip bones widen.

There is weight gain, particularly on the hips. Which means that you are getting a womanly shape, just continue to eat healthy foods and get regular exercise.

Muscles get bigger and stronger, but they do not show up as much as boys' muscles.

Breasts start to develop. First there is a small swelling under the nipples, and then the whole breast area starts to get bigger.

Chat Health (Alison - Moderator) / 2 Oct 16:37

What is menstruation (periods)?

The word menstruation means that it is our periods which usually come about once a month.

About once a month, after a girl starts having periods (menstruation), one egg leaves the ovary and travels down the fallopian tube towards the uterus (womb).

While the egg is developing and travelling the uterus starts preparing for it by building up its lining with extra blood and tissue

the egg is not fertilised then it will keep going, passing out through the vagina . Since the extra blood and tissue are not needed

This is what is called a 'period'. A period usually lasts around 4 -7days. The egg is so tiny that it can only be seen if you use a microscope.

About two weeks later another egg leaves the ovary and the whole 'cycle' starts again.
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his menstrual cycle usually takes 28 days, but it can be longer or shorter.

Chat Health (Alison - Moderator) / 2 Oct 16:38

Boys Changes

Boys gain weight.

Shoulders get wider.

Muscles start to get bigger and stronger.

Penis gets longer and wider.

Testes (or testicles) get larger.

Appearance of pubic hair

Apart from hair starting to grow on your body, it also grows on your face, like a beard, mustache or sideburns

You may experience wet dreams while you are sleeping. The 'wet' stuff is semen and you haven't wet the bed! It is also a normal part of growing up.

Chat Health (Alison - Moderator) / 2 Oct 16:45

Mixed up feelings and mood changes.
This is a hormonal thing for boys its testosterone and girls estrogen. This is very difficult for kids and their parents to deal with as they are not sure how to deal with the change in mood. The best things is talk to someone about how you are feeling so it does not build up.

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Chat Health (Alison - Moderator) / 2 Oct 16:47

REMEMBER EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT and you will develop at different ages and times to your friends so do not compare yourself to other.

Chat Health (Alison - Moderator) / 2 Oct 16:50

If there are aspects of puberty and body changes that concern you then seek out an adult that you feel comfortable talking to and ask them the questions remember we have all been through puberty so know what it is like.

Chat Health (Alison - Moderator) / 2 Oct 16:55

This webchat will be closing in 5 minutes please feel free to comment or ask questions if there is anything regarding this subject you would like to know.

This chat is now closed!

This chat is now closed, thanks for taking part.

Should you need anymore information on this topic, have a look at:

Health for Teens: Puberty section or:

www.leicestersexualhealth.nhs.uk

http://www.nspcc.org.uk

www.childline.org.uk 

www.youngminds.org.uk

Alternatively you could speak to your parent/carer, a trusted adult, member of school staff, your school nurse or doctor.  If there is an emergency then please contact 999 or visit A&E.

You can text your school nurse through the ChatHealth messaging service which runs Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm.  If you go to school in Leicester City please text 07520 615386, if you go to school in Leicestershire County or Rutland then please text 07520 615387.

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