Always Changing 5 th Grade Puberty Education Program. Approved by the CCSD B.O.E. 9/23/10. As you grow up, your body changes Changes in how you look and feel Timing is different for everyone – from 9-14 years old Each girl grows at her own pace Girls are usually 2 years ahead of boys.
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Approved by the CCSD B.O.E. 9/23/10
As you grow up, your body changes
Changes in how you look and feel
Timing is different for everyone – from 9-14 years old
Each girl grows at her own pace
Girls are usually 2 years ahead of boys
Don’t be afraid to ask questions
Be respectful of your peers
No personal stories
Use appropriate medical terms
Body produces more sweat; body odor
Bathe/shower daily with soap
Shampoo hair regularly, from root to tip
Control underarm odor and wetness with deodorant or antiperspirant
Change sweaty clothes
Oil glands in your skin become more active
Oil and dead skin cells lead to acne
Cleanse skin twice a day
Don’t worry; acne is a normal part of puberty, and steps can be taken to reduce it
Stay active – exercise!
Eat nutritious foods
Regular bathing and dental care
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Stage One(up to ages 8-12):
Childhood stage; no visible signs of puberty
Stage Two(may begin at ages 8-14):
Height and weight increase rapidly
Stage Three(may begin at ages 9-15):
Height continues to increase
Breasts – rounder and fuller
Pubic hair – darker and thicker
Menstruation for some girls
Stage Four(may begin at ages 10-16):
Nipple and areola more prominent
Pubic hair starts to form triangular patch
Menstruation for many girls
Stage Five(may begin at ages 12-19):
Breast development complete
Pubic hair forms thick triangular patch
Adult height probably reached
Menstruation occurs regularly
Feelings may change from day to day
Caused by hormones
Don’t worry; it’s all part of growing up!
Menstruation is part of the female reproductive process
Average 28-day cycle, but different for everyone
Your period is when you lose fluid at the end of the cycle
Usually last 3-7 days
Might not be regular at first
Only lose about 7 teaspoons of blood
It doesn’t hurt!
When Does My Period Start?
Usually between 10-16 years old
About 2 years after your breasts develop
Soon after you grow pubic hair
After you start to notice vaginal discharge
Track your period on a calendar:
What Are They?
Aches in the lower abdomen or along the inner thighs
What Can I Do?
Take a warm bath
Hold a heating pad on your lower stomach
Check with an adult before taking medication
Worn outside your body, in your underwear
Many different kinds, depending on heaviness of period and body size
Wings provide extra protection
Change frequently to keep fresh and dry
How to Use a Pad
1. Pull off paper strip or wrapper.
2. Attach sticky part securely to center of underwear.
3. For wings, peel off paper strips and wrap around sides of underwear.
How to Get Rid of Pads
Fold it up
Wrap it in tissue or toilet paper
Put it in the trash (special cans in ladies’ room)
Don’t flush pads down the toilet – they clog it!
Wash your hands
Family member: Your mom, aunt, grandma, older sister, or trusted adult etc.
Teacher or school nurse
Write question on a note card; fold it and place it in the Question Box
Everyone must write something on the notecard
All questions are good