What is puberty?
A) The capital of the state of Montana
B) Sharon Puberty – a center for Illinois State
C) When a girl’s body prepares for thepossibility
D) Something all girls experience at the
|Some girls think (D) that everyone changes
at the same time. Ask them to talk with family to know
their pattern – if both parents were first or last
to grow they will usually grow within 1 yr. of parents
|When a boy/girl begins to grow
fast (growth spurt), what grows first?
C) belly button
If a girl’s breasts ache
or feel tender, is something wrong?
|Hormones cause the breasts to grow. Any
part that is growing is more sensitive.
Mention “progesterone” as causing
changes before a girl gets her period --breasts more tender
more sensitive. Not something all girls may notice (PMS).
Is something wrong during puberty
if a girl notices one breast is larger than the other?
|We grow in “growth spurts.”
One side can grow faster than the other. We usually even
up but we are never exactly the same on both sides. Many
have feet that are not the same size.
Who determines if a baby will
be boy or girl?
|Tell about King Henry VIII. Got rid of his wives when
they had girl babies. Girls have XX chromosome –
Egg is X Boys have XY chromosome -- Sperm
can be X (make girl) or Y (make boy)
|What do ovaries do?
A) make the chemical messengers that cause a girl’s
body to change
B) hold the immature eggs that may some day help make
C) both answers
D) neither answer
|What usually happens first?
A) hair down THERE
B) breast changes
C) hair under the arms
|Where does hair grow first?
A) Under the arms
B) Down THERE
If a girl notices white or yellow stuff on
her underpants, she should…
B) do nothing and hope it will go away
C) see her doctor/nurse practitioner right away
D) know this is normal
|This is a normal lubrication that protects
girls from getting dry or itchy. It can be whitish-yellow
or like clear raw egg white. It has no odor and NEVER
makes you sore or itch.
|How can a girl know when she will have
her first period?
A) within a year of when her mom had her first
B) about six months after she notices white or
yellow stuff on her underpants
C) both answers
D) There is no way of knowing.
Girls can’t do anything
to prepare for their first period?
|It helps to plan what you would do if you
got your period in school. Even if you already started
your period, it can be irregular for the first 2-3 years.
This can surprise you so you should know who keeps the
pad supply in your school. Some girls try on different
pads BEFORE they get their first period. Some may be too
What determines the amount of
body hair that a girl will have?
|People from China, Korea or Japan have
very little body hair. African Americans may have more
body hair. Can inherit the amount from your family.
If it hurts or burn when a girl
urinates, she should….?
A) drink more water
B) wait for it to go away
C) worry cause it may be something REALLY bad
D) call your doctor/nurse practitioner right
|This can be a urinary infection. Many times
the germs come from the bowel movement. It is normal to
be in BM but not in the urine. Reason to wipe from front
to back when going to the bathroom.
During your period you should
|The uterus is a muscle bag.
What do you do with a leg cramp?
Exercise and warmth lessen any muscle cramps.
How many years can it take for
a girls breasts to fully develop?
|Some girls develop quickly – seems
like overnight. It is normal to take up to five years
You can order pills or cream
to make your breasts bigger?
|If a girls breasts are growing more slowly,
she may try something to make them bigger. When they continue
to grow, she thinks the pills or cream worked.
Your breasts will stop growing
if you put pressure on them or sleep on them at night.
|Breasts contain “breast” tissue
and fatty tissue. If a girl gains or looses weight her
breasts may change size.
How many glasses of milk (8
ounces) does a girl need to drink each day to protect
her bones from sports injuries?
C) 3 – 5th & 6th grade
D) 4 – 7th & 8th grade
|Sports injuries in high school --broken
wrist or stress fracture in leg bone. Xray shows “grandma
bones” -- like
those with osteoporosis. Must build bones NOW
-- Complete by 20 yrs.
Not enough milk -- ? cheese, ? yogurt. Some add to orange
juice or cereal.
Talk with mom/guardian. ? supplements – ask MD –
TUMS usually recommended.