I've always considered myself open with my children about safe sex issues. However, when the day came soon after my "baby" son's 18th birthday that he asked me to take him to Planned Parenthood for free condoms all my openness flew out the window. I asked Duane Westhoff, HIV & STD Prevention Specialist for Health and Education for Youth/Young Adults (HEY), a Project ARK Program for his advice.
The menstrual cycle is how a woman's body prepares for the possibility of pregnancy each month. Your menstrual period is just one part of this cycle. A cycle's length is determined by counting from the first day of one period to the first day of the next period. The average menstrual cycle is 28 days long. However, a cycle can range anywhere from 23 days to 35 days. Find out more about what to expect when you get your period.
Puberty is the time when your body begins to change from a child's body into an adult woman's body. For girls, puberty usually begins between the ages of 9 and 13, while boys experience their changes between the ages of 10 and 14. This is why girls are often taller than boys are during puberty and why girls sometimes feel uncomfortable about their bodies during puberty.