Periods: your body’s monthly visitor. But no matter how many times that visitor stops by, menstruation remains a taboo topic around the world.
Menstrual Hygiene is vital to the empowerment and well-being of women and girls worldwide. It is about more than just access to sanitary pads and appropriate toilets – though those are important. It is also about ensuring women and girls live in an environment that values and supports their ability to manage their menstruation with dignity.
Lack of education about menstruation is one of the many barriers to achieving adequate menstrual hygiene worldwide. The guidelines include adding menstrual health education for girls and boys in primary schools. This is the first change in the sex and relationship education guidelines.
Puberty/pūhuruhurutanga is a normal part of life – it is the process of becoming an adult and is caused by hormones produced in your body. Girls and boys experience different changes in their bodies during puberty.
Each child is different, but it’s safe to say by age 5 years old you should stop being naked in front of your kids.
Ideally, children will get all of the information they need at home from their parents, but school should also be an important source of information. Research has shown time and time again that abstinence-only education doesn’t work.
If we talk of the process of sex, it is simply about people enjoying and indulging in an intimate session with their partner, which can include foreplay, cuddling sessions, kissing, hugging and penetration.
Testosterone is a hormone found in humans, as well as in other animals. The testicles primarily make testosterone in men. Women’s ovaries also make testosterone, though in much smaller amounts. The production of testosterone starts to increase significantly during puberty, and begins to dip after age 30 or so.
Doctors might give you blood tests to measure your hormone levels, blood sugar, and cholesterol. An ultrasound can check your ovaries for cysts, look for tumors, and measure the lining of your uterus.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that affects a woman’s hormone levels. Women with PCOS produce higher-than-normal amounts of male hormones. This hormone imbalance causes them to skip menstrual periods and makes it harder for them to get pregnant.