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Webchat: Body Changes 20.03.17 – 4.30-5pm

Join us for a chat from 4:30pm on Monday 20th March 2017.

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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 / 20 Mar 16:29
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Chat Health (Katie - Moderator) / 20 Mar 16:34

Hello and welcome to today's web chat on body changes. please feel free to ask any questions you have regarding this subject and I will try and answer them the best that I can.

Chat Health (Katie - Moderator) / 20 Mar 16:37

Puberty – it's a crazy time. Your body's changing, and so is everything else. ... Hormones that were hibernating suddenly awaken and signal your body to enter puberty. You might think this doesn't mean a lot, but hormones cause the changes that are associated with puberty.

Chat Health (Katie - Moderator) / 20 Mar 16:42

What should puberty look like?

Because we are all different, there is no ‘right’ or ‘normal’ way to go through puberty, and it can be helpful to know that not everyone develops at the same rate or in exactly the same way.
It is also important to remember that everyone feels worried at some point about how they are changing!

Chat Health (Katie - Moderator) Chat Health (Katie - Moderator) / 20 Mar 16:57

Male and female sex hormones

Testosterone is the male sex hormone, oestrogen and progesterone are the female sex hormone.

However, men’s bodies contain small amounts of oestrogen and women have small amounts of testosterone.

The sex hormones cause the changes to your body that occur during puberty.

Chat Health (Katie - Moderator) / 20 Mar 16:47

Boys

1. Body changes

Lots of changes occur over the course of puberty - they happen at different times and rates for everybody. You will notice that:

1) You will get taller, more muscular and heavier.

2) Your chest and shoulders will get broader.

3) Your penis and testicles will get bigger.

4) You will begin to grow hair on your arms and legs, around your genitals, in your armpits and also on your chest.

Hair will also start appearing on your face as well as around the chin and top lip, which is when many boys start thinking about shaving.

Chat Health (Katie - Moderator) Chat Health (Katie - Moderator) / 20 Mar 16:55

7. Emotional turmoil

You might also find you become moodier and have more arguments with your family and friends. You may feel more confused and worried about things than you used to because lots of things are changing.

It is really normal to feel like this and if you are worried it might help to talk things through with someone you trust.

This won’t last forever and in time your emotions will become less turbulent.

Chat Health (Katie - Moderator) / 20 Mar 16:48

Girls
1. Body changes

Lots of changes occur over the course of puberty, and happen at different times and rates for everybody.

You will notice that:
1) You will get taller.

2) Your hips will get bigger.

3) You will start to develop breasts.

4) Your periods will start.

5) You will begin to grow hair on your legs, your genitals and in your armpits.
Some girls prefer to shave or wax the hair under their arms and on their legs, but it is up to you whether you do this or not.

Chat Health (Katie - Moderator) / 20 Mar 16:50

2. First periods

One of the biggest changes for girls is starting having periods (also called menstruation), which is where you bleed from your vagina each month.

Having periods shows that your body is able have a baby.
The average age for getting your first period is 12.

The time from the first day of your period to the day before you next period is called your ‘menstrual cycle’.

Your cycle could last from 24-35 days, a 28-day cycle is the average length.

This is what happens during your menstrual cycle each month:
Your period will last for around three to seven days.

It is completely normal and natural, and you can use sanitary towels, tampons to soak up the blood. You will probably find towels easier to use to start with, tampons can take a bit of getting used to.

At first your periods may not be very regular, but they usually settle down.

Lots of girls feel a bit uncomfortable when their period comes as it can cause abdominal cramps, known as period pain. You might also get pains in your back or thighs. If you get these you may find a hot water bottle!

Chat Health (Katie - Moderator) / 20 Mar 16:54

7. Emotions

Unfortunately, not all your new feelings will be exciting sexual ones. You might also find you become moodier, have more arguments with your family and friends or feel more confused and worried about things than you used to because lots of things are changing.
It's normal to feel like this and if you are worried it might help to talk things through with someone you trust.

Some girls and women find they feel irritable and moody in the two weeks before their period arrives. This is called either premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or premenstrual tension (PMT) and it usually goes away again when your period starts. PMT often goes hand in hand with physical symptoms like tender breasts and bloating. Healthy eating, managing stress, exercise and getting enough sleep can help to manage PMS, but if you find it is affecting your life speak to your GP as they may be able to help.

These emotional ups and down are normal during puberty, and most women will experience PMS at some point.

Chat Health (Katie - Moderator) / 20 Mar 16:55

6. Sexual feelings

All the extra hormones in your body affect your mind as well and you may find that you are becoming more interested in sex, start fancying people and think about having a boyfriend or girlfriend.
All this is part of your developing sexuality.

Chat Health (Katie - Moderator) / 20 Mar 16:58

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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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