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Frequently asked questions by children in Secondary School.

 

  Here's one way to answer: They come in all shapes and sizes, in the same way that everybody is a different height...

 

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They come in all shapes and sizes, in the same way that everybody is a different height, weight and build, everybody develops at different rates during puberty. Many boys do worry about their size when they are growing up and that's a natural feeling; but boys keep on growing right up to about 20years of age and this includes your penis. How it looks now will change a lot as you grow, just like the rest of you will too.
What we do know is that when you're an adult whatever the size of the penis when not erect, most grow to about 6 inches when erect.

Here's one way to answer: People lose their virginity when they feel ready and no one can say what age will be right...

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People lose their virginity when they feel ready and no one can say what age will be right for you. For some this can happen between the ages of 16 to 18. You may hear that lots of teenagers are having sex under 16 but this not true. Most wait till they're older and in a relationship with someone they love and trust.

You may feel that you are physically ready, but there are many emotions to consider before having sex and the first time can create many complicated feelings for you and your partner. Never feel pressured into sex by others or your partner. Many people who have felt pressured into sex have gone on to say they regretted their first time because they hadn't been ready to have sex.

When you do feel ready it's important that you have talked with your partner; you may feel ready but your partner may not. If you know you are both ready this will also stop things from just happening in the moment, as it is important to be properly prepared for your first time, as you can get pregnant or an STI if contraception or condoms are not used.

Always remember that you have the right to say 'no' to anything that you're not ready for and it's ok to wait as you have your whole life ahead.

Here's one way to answer: Yes, it is normal and healthy. When young men and women reach puberty they start to have s...

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Yes, it is normal and healthy. When young men and women reach puberty they start to have sexual feelings and for a lot of young people they naturally find touching/rubbing their sexual parts very pleasurable and comforting. They find masturbating a really safe and good way of releasing these feelings.

You might have heard many people say it's wrong and if you do things will happen to you like going blind, your penis will fall off or not being able to have children. These are all myths; masturbation is a positive, healthy way to explore your own body and its sexual arousal. You may do it for the rest of your life but not as much; you may stop, or you may decide when you are in a relationship to do it with your partner. As for now its best done in private and never in public, as this is against the law.

Here's one way to answer: When people are growing up, it's common for them to wonder whether they are gay. There ar...

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When people are growing up, it's common for them to wonder whether they are gay. There are many mixed and confused feelings when people are growing up and developing their own identity, including sexual attraction.

Feeling affection for or attraction to someone of the same sex does not necessarily mean you are gay; many young people of the same sex will experiment with each other as part of exploring their sexual feelings and their identity. It's best to give time to these feelings to see if they change or develop. As time goes on some people may feel differently or feel more certain that they are gay, and they will identify as being gay, bisexual or lesbian. Importantly, this is normal and people should be happy with who they are regardless of what they identify as. 

Here's one way to answer: Yes, to both. If you have started your periods this means you have started ovulating (rel...

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Yes, to both. If you have started your periods this means you have started ovulating (releasing an egg each month from your ovaries). It can be tricky to know exactly when tin the monthly cycle the egg is released, so if you have unprotected sexual intercourse with a guy and he ejaculates without using any kind of contraception or condoms, then you can become pregnant. It is important when two people are ready to have sex, which the law says needs to be over the age of sixteen, that they have talked about protecting themselves from unwanted pregnancies and also sexual transmitted infections, so best to use condoms as well any other types of contraception at the same time for protection.

Here's one way to answer: A lot of people are unhappy with some part of their appearance, but it's important to try...

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A lot of people are unhappy with some part of their appearance, but it's important to try and appreciate your body and how you look. How we feel about the way we look is essential for us to have a positive and healthy attitude about ourselves. If you look around you'll see people of all different shapes and sizes, and as you go through puberty and grow into an adult, the shape of your body will change, so how you look now will alter a lot as you grow. A good way to help with how you feel about your body is to concentrate on the things that you like about yourself.