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Health Information For Teens
As you’ve probably noticed, puberty comes with all kinds of changes — including the way your body looks and even the way you might think it smells. These changes are a normal part of becoming a woman, but lots of girls worry about them.
Many girls wonder if they smell “down there” or if people notice they have their periods. Some girls wonder if they should use douches, wipes, or any of the other products that claim to make women feel cleaner and fresher. But do these work? And does a girl really need them?
The truth is that when everything’s normal, no one smells any odors from a girl’s vagina. If a girl has an infection like bacterial vaginosis, she may notice a fishy smell. But even then, it’s unlikely that people around her will notice it. Girls who notice an unusual smell should see a doctor just in case they have an infection.
As far as periods go, if you change your pads or tampons frequently, shower or bathe daily, and wear clean clothes, no one can smell that either.
Douches, feminine sprays, deodorants, or wipes supposedly keep a woman’s vaginal area smelling fresh and clean. Douching means washing out the vagina, usually with a product you buy in a store. But it’s not a good idea to douche (unless a doctor tells you to). Douching can cause allergic reactions, irritation, and even infections.
Feminine sprays, deodorants, and scented tampons aren’t a good idea either. As with douching, they can lead to things like allergic reactions and irritation. Your vagina has its own natural cleaning system that flushes out bacteria, so you don’t need to add any chemicals to help it.
Smells caused by infections need to be treated with prescription medicines. Perfumed sprays don’t make infections go away, they just cover up the smell for a short time. If you notice a bad smell or think you may have an infection, see a doctor or go to a health clinic right away.
It’s easy to keep your vagina clean without making it smell like a flower shop. You just need to shower or wash every day with a mild soap and plenty of warm water. Some girls like to take warm baths during their periods to help relieve cramps.
Wearing cotton underwear, especially in hot weather, can help a girl feel fresher because cotton and other natural fibers are more breathable.
During your period, change your pads or tampons often. It may be a good idea to keep a spare pair of underwear in your backpack to change into in case you happen to soak through your pad or tampon.
You can buy dozens of products for getting rid of unwanted hair. How do they work? And how do you use them?
Normal vaginal discharge has several purposes: cleaning and moistening the vagina and helping to prevent infections. But sometimes discharge indicates there’s a problem. Get the facts on what’s normal and what’s not.
Puberty causes all kinds of changes in your body – and some may not make you feel very desirable. Read this article for information on dealing with greasy hair, perspiration, and body hair.
When it comes to pads and tampons, there are lots of choices. It may take some experimenting before you find what works best for you. Here are some tips.
Bad breath, or halitosis, can be a major problem, especially when you’re about to snuggle with your sweetie or whisper a joke to your friend. The good news is that bad breath often can be easily prevented.
Find out what the experts have to say.
When your body changes, so can your image of yourself. Find out how your body image affects your self-esteem and what you can do.
Periods can be confusing. Get the facts in this article for teens.
There’s no sure way to prevent acne. But these tips might help reduce the number and severity of your breakouts.
Voice cracking? Clothes don’t fit? Puberty can be a confusing time, but learning about it doesn’t have to be. Read all about it.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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