Overview Of Development – Puberty In Girls
Development – Puberty In Girls is when your body changes and you develop from being a girl to a woman. Learn what changes to expect so that you feel more prepared.
Commonly Associated With
Well-child – puberty in girls; Menstruation – puberty in girls; Breast development – puberty in girls
Each month, one of your ovaries releases an egg. The egg goes through the fallopian tube into the uterus.
When girls’ development reaches the point where they go through puberty, the uterus begins creates a lining of blood and tissue. If the egg is fertilized by a sperm (this is what could happen with unprotected sex), the egg may plant itself into this uterus lining and result in a pregnancy. If the egg is not fertilized, it just passes through the uterus.
The uterus no longer needs the extra blood and tissue. The blood passes through the vagina as your period. The period usually lasts 2 to 7 days and happens about once a month.
Be prepared to get your period.
Getting your period is part of development and puberty for girls. Talk to your healthcare provider. They may be able to tell you, from other changes in your body, when you should expect your period.
Keep supplies for your period in your backpack or purse. You will want some pads or pantiliners. Being prepared for when you get your period keeps you from being too worried.
Ask your mother, an older female relative, friend, or someone you trust to help you get supplies. Pads come in all different sizes. They have a sticky side so you can stick them on your underwear. Pantiliners are small, thin pads.
If you, as a girl, reach the point in your development and puberty where you have your period, you may want to learn how to use tampons. You insert a tampon into your vagina to absorb the blood. The tampon has a string that you use to pull it out.
Have your mother or a trusted female friend teach you how to use tampons. Change tampons every 4 to 8 hours.