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Added August 01, 2013

Puberty Talk: Who Can I Talk to About This Stuff?

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The first person you have puberty talk with should be an adult, because someone your own age may not have their facts straight, even if they think they do. It's important for you to get the right answers to your questions.


It's great if you and your mother or some other adult have already talked about lots of stuff. Then, asking questions is a piece of cake. But in some families, talking about the body is limited to what to eat and how to take care of your teeth. Most girls need to get up their courage. They may feel awkward and embarrassed. That's perfectly normal, but don't let that stop you from talking to someone, because talking to someone about what you feel (whether it's fear, worry, happiness, or confusion) is a big relief and a comfort.


Friends and relatives

In many families, there may be someone instead of a mother who you feel more comfortable with, such as your stepmother, father, a grandma, aunt, or older sister. Some girls talk with a teacher, the school nurse, or their doctor. Others may know a friend's mother who's easy to talk to.


Timing is everything

Once you decide who to talk to, you'll want to choose the right time. For example, if you want to ask your mother, wait for a time when she isn't busy doing other things. If your mother seems to be busy all the time, you may want to say, "Mom, there's something I'd like to talk to you about when you have time." This way, you won't keep putting off the discussion. You are the best judge of how to talk to the people in your life, but this may be one way to approach the subject. We suggest that before you have the conversation, you first write down your questions. This way, you won't forget any. However you do it, both of you are likely to feel glad you talked.


NOTE: If you can't imagine talking to any of the adults in your life, it will be even more important to educate yourself. Here are some ways you can consult the experts when you have questions:

  • Bookmark this site.
  • Go to "Ask The Experts"on this site to consult a professional health educator.
  • Check out the links throughout this site for more information about specific topics.

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Posted July 29, 2014
Asking puberty questions was a piece of pie. After reading this article, I decided the best person for me to talk to was my next door neighbor Jimbo. Jimbo is 97 years old. He can't see out of one eye and he is missing an ear, but his heart is in the right place. He is such a nice friend to me. Whenever I go onto his lawn, he throws metal objects at me. So i stand on the sidewalk in front of his house and shout my questions to him about puberty. I ask him about periods, boyfriends, and bras. And trust me, Jimbo has all the answers. Im so glad I met Jimbo. Thanks beinggirl!! <3
Posted June 09, 2014
For me, it's really awkward to talk to my parents and friends about topics like these. And specially in my family, since I'm the only girl. Just so you know, I do have a mom. Sometimes I do talk to her. However, I use this most of the time instead. I don't know what I would have done without this page! Thanks BeingGirl!
Posted April 07, 2014
I talk to my mom,aunt,cousins,and doctor.
Posted April 07, 2014
It is pretty awkward though,so I just get those talks over with quickly.
Posted June 07, 2014
You people are lucky :( I have to talk to my dad awkward, but he is pretty easy to talk to (SOMTIMES) It depends on what the topic is... but he is sorta like a friend to me... lol
Posted March 29, 2014
Hii,well, I talk to my mom and my older sister. they have been through it and will provide the best advice. if you don't have a mother or sister then you can call a female doctor and ask questions. Hope this helps:) - Starjellybelly10
Posted March 18, 2012
i hate talking to my mom about this stuff too... its so
Posted March 03, 2012
wow this really helps me cause i hate talking to my mom about this stuff
Posted July 21, 2012
I dont talk to my family about that kind of stuff i just ask my doctor
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