Puberty can be pretty alarming – breasts, hairs, and weird smells and feelings. Find out what you need to know about your emerging body, and the loss of your childlike features. We’ll explain what it might feel like, what you should expect to see, feel, and smell as you morph from one sort of person into another – that is, from a child to a teenager.
To get you started on your periods, we’ve made a very simple period guide to start you and your period off on the right foot.
What is inside my vagina?
We explain your anatomy, with diagrams, so that you can visualise what’s going on inside the bits you can’t see or touch. Learning what goes where means you can navigate using tampons, masturbating, and at some point, having someone else touch you.
Masturbating and sex
Weird smells and infections
From time to time you may have a vagina problem that causes your vagina to smell funny. Smelly vaginas aren’t any fun at all, and need to be checked by a doctor to see what’s going on. You may have a simple overgrowth that you can clear up with yoghurt, or you may have an infection that you need antibiotics or antifungals for.
The most common infections are bacterial vaginosis (fishy odour) and yeast infections (cottage cheese-like discharge), which can both be treated reasonably cheaply at home. Understanding what is happening means you won’t be freaking out quite as much, and you can take steps to not only solve your problem by yourself, but prevent problems like it in future.
The less antibiotics and antifungal drugs you take, the better – save them for when you really need them, and get used to treating your vagina with loving care at home.
Hormones and the menstrual cycle
Part of the rest of your life is going to be managing the signs of your fertility – mopping up period blood, figuring out when you are probably ovulating, birth control, acne, moods. These signs of your fertility are all caused by hormones, which fluctuate in a predictable pattern across your menstrual cycle.
Puberty, first periods, weird buttholes, ingrown hairs, stained undies, discharge… It never ends, so get used to it! We’re here to help you the whole way from puberty to being an old lady.