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The what's happening to my body? book for girls : a growing-up guide for parents
Madaras, Lynda.
Adult Nonfiction RJ144 .M3 2000

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ContentsPage
List of Illustrationsp. xi
Forewordp. xv
Introduction for Parents: Why I Wrote This Bookp. xvii
Addendum to the Third Editionp. xxxv
Chapter 1 - Pubertyp. 1
Sexp. 4
The Male Sex Organsp. 7
Box: Circumcisionp. 9
The Female Sex Organsp. 12
Sexual Intercoursep. 13
Making Babiesp. 15
Sperm and Ejaculationp. 16
Ovum and Ovulationp. 19
Fertilization, Pregnancy, and Birthp. 19
Menstruationp. 21
Box: Twins, Siamese Twins, Triplets...p. 22
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know...p. 26
Reading This Bookp. 27
Chapter 2 - Your Breasts: An Owner's Manualp. 29
The Breastp. 30
Inside the Breastp. 30
Five Stages of Breast Developmentp. 32
Stage 1 - Childhoodp. 32
Stage 2 - Breast Buds Developp. 32
Stage 3 - Development Continuesp. 34
Stage 4 - Nipple and Areola Form Moundp. 34
Stage 5 - Adultp. 34
Timing and Rate of Developmentp. 35
Box: The "Right" Agep. 36
Breast Stages and Your First Periodp. 37
Breast Sizep. 37
Concerns About Developing Breastsp. 38
Itchy, Tender, Sore, or Painful Breastsp. 39
Breast Lumpsp. 39
Box: Protecting Your Breastsp. 40
Uneven Size or Rate of Developmentp. 40
Inverted Nipplesp. 42
Nipple Dischargep. 43
Brasp. 43
Buying a Brap. 44
Training Bras and Fitted Brasp. 45
Sizing Yourself Upp. 45
Box: Taking Care of Your Brap. 47
Finding the Right Brap. 47
Box: Sports Brasp. 48
Types and Stylesp. 49
Feelings About Developing Breastsp. 50
Unwanted Attention and Sexual Harassmentp. 51
Box: Erica's Storyp. 53
Dealing with Peer Sexual Harassmentp. 55
Chapter 3 - Public Hair and Other Changes "Down There"p. 57
Public Hairp. 58
Feelings About Public Hairp. 58
Box: No Plucking Please!p. 59
Five Stages of Public Hair Growthp. 59
Stage 1 - Childhoodp. 61
Stage 2 - First Public Hairs Appearp. 61
Stage 3 - Growth Extends to Monsp. 61
Stage 4 - Growth Continuesp. 62
Stage 5 - Adultp. 62
Public Hair Stages and Your First Periodp. 62
Starting Puberty: Ages and Stagesp. 62
Starting Early/Starting Late--Why?p. 63
Family Backgroundp. 63
Puberty Is Starting Earlier Todayp. 65
Racial and Ethnic Backgroundp. 65
Am I Normal?p. 66
Your Vulva--A Guided Tourp. 67
The Monsp. 70
The Outer Lipsp. 70
Box: There's Another Name for Itp. 71
The Inner Lipsp. 72
The Clitorisp. 73
The Urinary Openingp. 74
The Vaginal Openingp. 74
The Hymenp. 75
Box: Can a Doctor Tell?p. 77
The Anusp. 78
Masturbationp. 78
Sexual Arousal and Orgasmp. 80
Box: The G-Spotp. 81
Chapter 4 - The Puberty Growth Spurtp. 83
The Height Spurtp. 84
How Tall Will I Be?p. 85
Tall Tales and Short Storiesp. 86
Feet Firstp. 87
Your Changing Shapep. 88
Box: Growing Pains and Scoliosisp. 89
The Weight Spurtp. 91
"Too Fat"p. 91
Basic Body Typesp. 92
The Cult of Thinnessp. 93
Dieting Can Be Dangerous to Your Healthp. 94
Box: Anorexia and Bulimiap. 95
Taking Care of Your Bodyp. 97
Eating Right and Exercisingp. 97
Box: Female Athletic Syndromep. 98
Tobacco, Alcohol, and Other Drugsp. 99
Box: What Counts as One Servingp. 101
Liking the Way You Lookp. 102
Chapter 5 - Body Hair, Perspiration, Pimples, and Other Changesp. 105
Underarm and Body Hairp. 106
A Hairy Questionp. 106
Shaving and Other Ways of Dealing with Unwanted Hairp. 107
Razors: A Buyer's Guidep. 108
Box: Does It Really Grow Back Thicker and Darker?p. 108
Shaving Tips for Blade Razorp. 109
Box: Other Ways of Removing Hairp. 110
Box: Removing Hair at the "Bikini Line"p. 112
Perspiration and Body Odorp. 113
Dealing with Perspiration and Body Odorp. 114
Deodorants and Antiperspirantsp. 115
Box: Feminine Hygiene Sprayp. 116
Pimples, Acne, and Other Skin Problemsp. 117
What Causes Acne?p. 117
Treatmentp. 119
Over-the-Counter Treatmentsp. 120
Box: Acne and Foodp. 121
Box: Special Skin Concerns for African-American Womenp. 122
Medical Treatmentp. 123
Stretch Marksp. 124
Box: The Upside of Pubertyp. 125
Chapter 6 - The Reproductive Organs and the Menstrual Cyclep. 127
The Inside Story: Your Reproductive Organsp. 128
The Inner Growth Spurtp. 129
Box: Don't Believe Everything You Seep. 130
Vaginal Dischargep. 130
Hormonesp. 132
Estrogen and the Menstrual Cyclep. 134
Box: Ovulation Painp. 135
Ovulationp. 135
Fertilizationp. 136
Menstruationp. 138
The Menstrual Cyclep. 138
Box: Menopausep. 139
Length of the Cyclep. 139
Irregular Cycles in Young Womenp. 142
Length of Periodp. 142
Amount and Pattern of Menstrual Flowp. 143
Clots and the Color of the Flowp. 143
Box: Douchingp. 144
Missed Periodsp. 144
Spottingp. 145
Just Guidelinesp. 145
Other Menstrual Changesp. 146
Premenstrual Syndromep. 147
Keeping Track of Your Menstrual Cyclep. 148
Chapter 7 - All About Having Periodsp. 153
Getting Your First Periodp. 153
Breast Stage and Your First Periodp. 154
Family Background and Your First Periodp. 154
Getting It at Schoolp. 155
Box: Saying You Did When You Didn'tp. 156
More First Period Storiesp. 158
Telling Your Parentsp. 163
Box: Is It All Right to ...?p. 165
Menstrual Protectionp. 166
Tampon Safety and TSSp. 166
Questions About Dioxinp. 167
Padsp. 168
A Buyer's Guide to Padsp. 169
Using Padsp. 171
Reusable, 100% Cotton Padsp. 172
Tamponsp. 173
Answers to FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)p. 174
Choosing the Right Absorbencyp. 176
Tampon Applicatorsp. 177
Tips for First-Time Usersp. 179
Changing, Removing, and Disposing of Tamponsp. 181
inSync Miniformsp. 182
Buying and Using inSync Miniformsp. 184
The Keeperp. 185
Crampsp. 186
What Causes Cramps?p. 186
Box: Over-the-Counter Pain Relieversp. 187
Coping with Cramps: What You Can Dop. 190
Home Remediesp. 190
Chapter 8 - Boys and Pubertyp. 193
Similarities and Differencesp. 193
The First Changesp. 195
The Penis and the Scrotump. 195
Circumcisionp. 196
Five Stages of Pubertyp. 197
The Growth Spurtp. 200
Changing Shapep. 200
Body Hair, Perspiration, Pimples, and Other Changesp. 201
Facial Hairp. 201
Breast Changesp. 201
Voicep. 202
Erectionsp. 202
Spontaneous Erectionsp. 203
Penis Sizep. 204
Getting Soft Againp. 204
Sperm, the Internal Sex Organs, and Ejaculationp. 204
First Ejaculation, Masturbation, and Wet Dreamsp. 207
Chapter 9 - Romantic and Sexual Feelingsp. 209
Just Friendsp. 210
Crushesp. 212
Homosexual Feelingsp. 214
Datingp. 217
Falling in Lovep. 222
Making Decisions About How to Handle Your Romantic and Sexual Feelingsp. 223
Sexuality: Feeling Private/Feeling Guiltyp. 228
Box: Birth Controlp. 228
Feeling Privatep. 230
Feeling Guiltyp. 230
Box: AIDS and Other STDsp. 231
Sexual Crimesp. 235
Rapep. 235
Child Sexual Abusep. 236
A Few Final Wordsp. 239
Resource Sectionp. 245
A Note About the Internetp. 245
Birth Control, AIDS, and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)p. 246
Counseling and Therapyp. 247
Eating Disorders: Anorexia, Bulimia, Overeating, and Female Athletic Syndromep. 248
Gay and Lesbian Youthp. 250
Menstrual Protection Productsp. 250
Tampon and Pad Manufacturers' Websitesp. 251
inSync Miniformsp. 251
Alternative Menstrual Productsp. 251
Resources for Parents and Teachersp. 253
Sexual Harassment and Abusep. 255
Indexp. 257


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