Females begin menstruating or shedding their uterine

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Females begin menstruating, or shedding their uterine lining, during the onset of puberty. Some girls find this confusing and even scary. However, menstruation is a completely normal development process in females. The first menstrual period a girl experiences is called menarche. It’s a physical sign that the female body is ready for reproduction. Young women may have many questions about how to use tampons, menstrual pads, and so on. Talking to a trustedfemale adult, friend, or health professional is a good place to start.To read more about sexual questions and concerns, visit the following website:Sexual HealthContraceptionPart of developing into adulthood means the body is able to reproduce, making sexual activity possible. However, even if your body is physically ready, you may not be emotionally ready for the experience of sex. Never pressure someone else—or yourself—into a sexual experience before you’re ready to do so. Becoming sexually active is a personal decision, and it can be a tough one. No one else should be able to make this decision for you. Choosing abstinence, or theconscious decision to be sexually inactive, is a personal choice. It’s one you should stick to, if that’s your decision. Don’t let others pressure you into doing things you don’t want to do.When you’re ready to enter a sexual relationship with a partner, do so responsibly. There are many factors to consider before becoming sexually active. You must take measures to protect from both pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). That means using contraception, or birth control. Abstinence, or avoiding sex, is the most effective way to prevent pregnancy and STIs. However, if a couple chooses to enter into a sexual relationship, they should explore and discuss different types of birth control. The following contraceptive methods can prevent
pregnancy, when used exactly as directed:Condoms (which offer some protection against STIs)Birth control pills, patches, ringsCervical capsDiaphragmsCondoms are commonly used to prevent both pregnancy and STIs. Condoms are thin sheaths usually made of a rubber called latex. They’re placed over the penis during intercourse. Condoms are also available for females. They’re also thin sheaths that are partially inserted into the vagina.Condoms work by physically blocking ejaculated semen from entering the woman’s body. After ejaculating into the condom, the male should hold it carefully at the base of the penis while removing the penis from the vagina. This prevents any sperm from leaking out of the condom and into the vagina. Condoms can be very effective in preventing pregnancy if they’re used regularly. Even if other forms of birth control are used, unmarried partners should always use condoms to avoid contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

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Human Sexuality, Sexual intercourse, Human sexual behavior, Sexually Transmitted Infections

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