Female body

There's no such thing as a 'typical woman' - everyone's body looks a bit different. But in this section we look at the things women have in common, like the changes happen when a girl goes through puberty, and the personal care that a healthy body needs.

Facts

Women's hygiene

When you kiss or have sex, it's nice if you’re clean and smell nice. Brush your teeth, shower regularly and wear clean clothes.

Puberty in girls

Most girls notice that their bodies start to change anywhere between the age of 9 and 16. Some girls start and end puberty earlier than others.

Toxic shock syndrome

Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a disease caused by bacteria. It can be fatal, but it’s very rare. One way you can get toxic shock syndrome is by leaving a tampon in too long.

Pads and tampons

The two most common products to absorb the blood during your period are pads (also called sanitary pads, sanitary towels, sanitary napkins, or maxi pads) and tampons.

Period pains

You may not feel so good when you get your period, or right before your period. If this is not you, count yourself lucky!

Menstrual cycle

Every woman experiences the menstrual cycle after she reaches puberty. Find out how it works, what it does to a woman's body, what happens as a result and much more...

Starting your periods

Your periods start anywhere between the ages of 9 and 16. When this happens, it shows you’re in the final stages of puberty – becoming physically and sexually mature.

Female Genital Cutting

Female circumcision or genital cutting is an age-old tradition, whereby a young girl or woman has her genitals cut. Depending on her ethnicity and nationality, a girl or woman may have part or all of her external genitals removed.

Her anus

The anus is the opening of your bowel - where the stool comes out.

Vagina and more

You have sexual organs on the inside and outside. The word vagina is often used to describe the genitals or female sexual organs, but actually it is just a part of them.

Breasts

Breasts come in all shapes and sizes. Nipples also vary a lot, both in size and colour. Often breasts are uneven in size or shape. Around the age of 20, the difference often begins to even out.

Menstruation myths

The five most common myths about your period debunked. 1. Menstrual blood is dirty. 2. You lose lots of blood. 3. You're definitely pregnant if you miss a period. 4. It's unhealthy to have sex during your period. 5. You can't get pregnant if you've got your period.

FAQs - Period

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about periods -- can you get pregnant when you're having your period? Can you ovulate without having a period? Can you know when you will ovulate? All this and more...

Vulva

The vulva means all of the female sexual organs on the outside of your body, between your legs.

Menstruation

Towards the end of puberty, you start having periods. This means that roughly once a month, you lose some blood through your vagina.