BeingGirl Points - Major Bragging Rights

Close
Show everyone what a superstar you are by racking up BeingGirl points. The more active you are on the site—taking quizzes and polls, playing games, commenting on articles, and submitting questions to Ask the Experts—the more points you’ll earn.

Body Guide

  • ViewsIcon 53493
  • CommentIcon. 11
RatingStarIcon
Love your body

Close
 
 
Rate this:
11
comments so far
Pink is my color
Pink is my color
Posted August 02, 2014
How do you do pick a girl type thing?
Hanna the super teen
Hanna the super teen
Posted July 24, 2014
This is soooooo helpful for me and sooo much other girls. Thank you so much beinggirl
goldenduckie
goldenduckie
Posted June 07, 2014
sometimes I get a cramp and it hurts so bad I start crying and some I don't even fell them
darkhorseloveme
darkhorseloveme
Posted April 06, 2014
Even though I already new all of this, I thought I'd check it out; just to make sure I wasn't missing everything. This was a very good way of teaching the facts to girls. Very creative, too! I enjoyed it.
CelebrityPink16
CelebrityPink16
Posted June 07, 2014
Same here ?? I knew all of this stuff and already had my period and this is soo helpful and creative. Thanks beinggirl for being here for us !! ?????
PinkCupcakegirl101
PinkCupcakegirl101
Posted March 30, 2014
Thanks, this advice was really helpful.
Love-lee
Love-lee
Posted November 24, 2013
I know all of this! But, this way was very creative!! Well done, Being Girl Experts!
dontrice
dontrice
Posted December 06, 2013
thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!/beinggirl.com
twilightdiva926
twilightdiva926
Posted December 01, 2013
I already knew allof this but this was very helpful for my little sister! Thanks Binggirl!
miss.2013
miss.2013
Posted November 20, 2013
THIS WAS VERY HELPFUL AND INTERESTING THANKS BEINGGIRL
bbblink
hispanic indian caucasian african_american asian
Close
none
Next
Previous
Which part confuses you?
Pick a New Girl
1
Love your Body limbs hair breasts armpits girlzone brain acne body_limbs_over1 body_limbs_over2 body_limbs_over3 body_hair_over1 body_breasts_over1 body_girlzone_over1 body_armpits_over body_armpits_over1 body_brain_over1 body_acne_over1
Brain
Brain
THE BRAIN
1
Puberty Isn't Easy
Your body goes through lots of changes, so you might start to feel differently about some things and think about stuff in a new way. Don’t worry – you’re not alone and it’s all totally normal. We all go through it, and we’ve got a ton of ideas to help.
Hormones are chemicals that tell your body to change from a kid to an adult. For girls, the main players are estrogen and progesterone.
For boys, it’s testosterone. Fun fact – girls have a little testosterone, and boys have a little estrogen and progesterone. All these hormones are great, but they can cause you to feel and think in new and different ways. It’s OK – your body is going through lots of changes. And the boys are feeling the same way, too!
Your body changes during puberty, and you don’t always like what you see. Want to know a secret?
Most girls at school feel self-conscious; so try to be a little easier on yourself. Everyone develops at different speeds during puberty, and we all end up at the same place.
Try to stop comparing yourself to others so much. It’s hard, but you’ll see why it’s a complete brain drain.
Your body’s changing, so what you hate today may be the very thing you love tomorrow! Promise! Talk to your friends or someone you trust. It’ll help you sort out what you’re really feeling inside.
You’re like a snowflake, meaning there’s only ONE of you and you have a lot to share with the world!
Finding out what you like is what this time in your life’s all about! Take pictures, start a blog, or keep a scrapbook of things that inspire you. It’s a great way to start figuring out what you’re into.
Acne
Acne
ACNE
1
What’s with the acne?
Unfortunately, 8 in 10 teens get acne. So you’re definitely in good company! Experts think it’s because of that hormone party we talked about earlier. Luckily, you’re in just the right place for some easy skincare tips.
A healthy, radiant complexion starts with a regular cleaning routine.
That means washing your face twice a day – in the morning and again at night. If you have oily or combination skin, you might feel like you have to scrub really hard, but you don’t! Just try a face wash with exfoliating beads. And no matter what your skin type, be sure to use an SPF moisturizer every day.
If your acne’s super stubborn, try an over-the-counter cleanser with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.
Follow the directions and experiment with different brands to see what helps. If that doesn’t do it – talk to your mom. You may need to see a dermatologist. It’s not weird, lots of girls do!
Yep! 100 percent normal. 7 in 10 girls get some kind of acne right before their period.
It could be anything from a minor breakout to one major pimple. Ouch! They usually show up a few days before your period. Hey – at least we’re all in it together!
Hair
Hair
HAIR!
1
Hair is an easy way to start exploring your style.
Have fun! How you do your ’do is a great way to express yourself. So, braid it, give yourself an updo or help style a friend’s lovely locks for her. Show your personality with your hairstyle!
Wash your hair regularly, but don’t overdo it.
Over-washing can strip your hair of the healthy oils that help protect it. Look for the right products for your hair type, and try different ones until you find what works best for you!
Once a month, try using a conditioning treatment on your hair!
Some weeks, your scalp might produce a few extra oils, so you might end up washing your hair more than usual. A conditioning treatment will help ease the stress on your locks.
Sometimes during puberty, hair can get super oily. (Thanks, hormones!)
If your hair seems a little greasy, it’s OK! One trick you can try is sprinkling a little baby powder or spritzing a volumizing shampoo on your roots.
Armpits
Armpits
ARMPITS 101
1
You know what stinks? Stinking.
Never fear! You’re going to start noticing all kinds of new scents everywhere you turn in puberty! Hormones act on glands in your skin and turn the smell meter up a few notches. Not cool.
Did you know that when you reach puberty, the kind of sweat in your armpits is different than on the main part of your body?
Yep! And this is what causes odor! So wash under your arms really well and find a deodorant or antiperspirant you like. There are lots of really amazing scents to choose from!
Due to circumstances totally out of their control, some girls sweat more than the average girl.
Seriously – it’s totally normal during puberty. If that’s something you’re dealing with, you’re not alone. Talk to your mom or someone you trust. A clinical strength deodorant might be just the ticket!
Around this time you’ll start noticing hair growing in places it did not grow before, like your armpits.
Women in different cultures handle armpit hair differently. Ask your parents or a trusted adult if you’re confused or have any questions about what you should do.
Breasts
Breasts
BREASTS
1
Never has a body part caused so much joy and angst for us girls.
Here’s what’s important: All girls’ breasts develop differently and at different speeds. No matter what size, you should never feel embarrassed.
Round, pointy, full, flat. No two girls are alike when it comes to breast shape.
Even nipples are totally different, and it’s not unusual for one breast to be a different size than the other! Being big or small isn’t good or bad. Your unique shape is what makes you beautiful, so be proud of who you are!
Developing breasts is one of the first signs that your body is starting to go through puberty.
Every girl develops at different times, but most usually start budding between the ages of 8 and 13.
Good news - you’re in luck! Seems like there’s a bra for just about every occasion nowadays.
Whether you’re leaping over hurdles on the track and field team or out with your friends, you’ll find the right kind of bra to wear in our awesome bra guide.
The Girl Zone
The Girl Zone
THE GIRL ZONE
1
Girls reproductive systems are pretty much the most amazing things ever, period.
There’s a lot going on, with cycles and hormones and all that jazz, but the more you know about your body, the easier it’ll be to deal with all the changes. And you may end up thinking, “Hey, my body’s pretty awesome!”
Most girls get their first menstrual cycle between 11 and 13.

But it could be as early as 9 or as late as 16! Every girl is different. Don’t worry – there’s no “right time!”


Your first few periods will probably be irregular. One period may last a day, and the next might be five days long. It can take a while before your body settles into a regular cycle, about a year or so! Once it settles in, expect it to last 3-7 days.


This is a good time to experiment with pads and tampons. Try out different styles and shapes and find what’s most comfortable for your body! Some girls like pads, others like tampons, and lots of girls like both.

A menstrual cycle is what happens inside your body from one period to the next, and it’s all thanks to hormones, including estrogen and progesterone.

Estrogen and progesterone are produced by the ovaries, and work together to help regulate your menstrual cycle. A monthly cycle can be anywhere from 21 to 35 days long (the average is 28), but every girl is completely different! A complete menstrual cycle goes like this:


First you get your period. The first day of your menstrual cycle is the first day of your period. A period is when the lining of the uterus is flushed out of your body, taking an unfertilized egg along with it. That’s the whole purpose of your period!


After you have your period, over the next few weeks, a new egg is released from one of your ovaries. It travels down the fallopian tubes to the uterus where – if fertilized – a baby develops for nine months.


If the egg isn’t fertilized, the tissue and cells that have built up in your uterus, getting ready to protect the egg, will begin to shed. And that’s your cycle from beginning to end to beginning, again! And again!


Psst! Want to know when your period’s coming? Check out our fancy, new Period Calculator!

The Girl Zone
We all have a bit of a scent down there.
But no worries, no one can smell you! What’s important to know is that your body (and all its little smells!) are normal. But one way your body might tell you when something’s wrong is with a strong odor. Know what’s normal so you can quickly tell when things aren’t right.
OK, so you’ve heard of vaginal discharge, right? It’s 100% natural and normal.

Discharge is your body’s way of cleaning itself and it’s a good sign that everything’s working just fine!


Normal discharge is usually a white or yellowish color, and pantiliners will help keep you fresh and clean! Find the right pantiliners for you here.

Puberty is when you get pubic hair! Makes perfect sense, right?
So expect to start seeing some hair down there during puberty. It’ll probably start out soft and fine, and get thicker and coarser over time.
Growth
Growth
GROWTH SPURT ALERT
1
Puberty is a time of incredible growth in your body.
It’s really pretty amazing. We’ve talked about what’s going on inside. Now let’s talk about what people see on the outside!
Quick. Take a look around. See people in all different shapes and sizes?
You’ve probably noticed some people grow up, others grow out, and others do a combination of the two! The genes you got from your parents often determine how you grow. But we’re all different, and that’s what makes growing up so cool.
Yes, girls really do develop earlier than boys.
Girls start puberty as early as 9 and stop at 16 or 17, while boys start puberty around at 11 and stop at 18 or 19. Fact is – girls are ahead of boys in most things at this age! (Go us!)
Puberty is an awkward time for everyone!
You might feel like you don’t fit in your body, and some girls (and boys) experience legit pain in their knees when they try to sleep! Luckily, all these problems related to growth spurts will pass!
Girl 1 Girl 2 Girl 3 Girl 4 Girl 5 Pick a New Girl
Pick a girl and let’s dive in to some puberty Q & A time!

There are tons of incredible things about being a girl – but sometimes it can feel overwhelming.

Are you wondering what exactly happens to your body during puberty? We’ll break it all down for you!

Love your Body

BeingGirl.com

close

In order to get the best possible experience using this website, we
recommend that you use Internet Explorer 7 or above. You may
download it here.