Table of contents for The what's happening to my body? book for girls / Lynda Madaras, with Area Madaras ; drawings by Simon Sullivan.

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CONTENTS 
List of Illustrations ...............................................................................xiii 
Foreword by Marcia E. Herman-Giddens, PA, DrPH ............................xvii 
Introduction for Parents: Why I Wrote This Book ................................xix 
1. PUBERTY.............................................................................................1 
Sex .........................................................................................................4 
The Male Sex Organs.............................................................................7 
BOX: Circumcision ............................................................................9 
The Female Sex Organs.......................................................................11 
Sexual Intercourse...............................................................................13 
Making Babies .....................................................................................15 
Sperm and Ejaculation ...................................................................16 
Ovum and Ovulation .......................................................................17 
Fertilization, Pregnancy, and Birth ..................................................19 
BOX: Twins, Conjoined Twins, Triplets . . . .....................................20 
Menstruation........................................................................................23 
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know . . . ..........................................25 
Reading This Book ...............................................................................27 
2. YOUR BREASTS: AN OWNER'S MANUAL.............................29 
The Breast............................................................................................30 
Inside the Breast............................................................................30 
Five Stages of Breast Development ....................................................32 
Stage 1: Childhood.........................................................................32 
Stage 2: Breast Buds Develop........................................................32 
Stage 3: Development Continues ...................................................34 
Stage 4: Nipple and Areola Form Mound ........................................34 
Stage 5: Adult ................................................................................35 
Timing and Rate of Development....................................................35 
BOX: The "Right" Age......................................................................36 
Breast Stages and Your First Period ...............................................37 
Breast Size...........................................................................................37 
Concerns About Developing Breasts...................................................38 
Itchy, Tender, Sore, or Painful Breasts ............................................39 
Breast Lumps.................................................................................39 
BOX: Protecting Your Breasts..........................................................40 
Uneven Size or Rate of Development..............................................40 
Inverted Nipples.............................................................................41 
Nipple Discharge............................................................................43 
Bras......................................................................................................43 
Buying a Bra...................................................................................45 
Training Bras and Fitted Bras..........................................................45 
Sizing Yourself Up...........................................................................46 
Finding the Right Bra ......................................................................47 
BOX: Taking Care of Your Bra ..........................................................48 
Types and Styles ............................................................................49 
BOX: Sports Bras ...........................................................................50 
Feelings About Developing Breasts.....................................................51 
Unwanted Attention and Sexual Harassment .....................................52 
BOX: Erica's Story ..........................................................................54 
Dealing with Peer Sexual Harassment ............................................56 
3. PUBIC HAIR AND OTHER CHANGES "DOWN 
THERE".......59 
Pubic Hair.............................................................................................60 
Feelings About Pubic Hair...............................................................60 
BOX: No Plucking, Please! ..............................................................61 
Five Stages of Pubic Hair Growth ........................................................62 
Stage 1: Childhood.........................................................................62 
Stage 2: First Pubic Hairs Appear ...................................................62 
Stage 3: Growth Extends to Mons ..................................................64 
Stage 4: Growth Continues.............................................................64 
Stage 5: Adult ................................................................................64 
Pubic Hair Stages and Your First Period..........................................65 
Starting Puberty: Ages and Stages .....................................................65 
Starting Early/Starting Late-Why?................................................65 
Family Background .........................................................................66 
Puberty Is Starting Earlier Today.....................................................67 
Racial and Ethnic Background ........................................................68 
Am I Normal? .................................................................................68 
Your Vulva-A Guided Tour ..................................................................69 
The Mons .......................................................................................72 
The Outer Lips................................................................................73 
BOX: There's Another Name for It ...................................................73 
The Inner Lips ................................................................................74 
The Clitoris.....................................................................................74 
The Urinary Opening.......................................................................76 
The Vaginal Opening .......................................................................77 
The Hymen .....................................................................................77 
BOX: Can a Doctor Tell?..................................................................79 
The Anus........................................................................................80 
Masturbation........................................................................................80 
Sexual Arousal and Orgasm ...........................................................82 
BOX: The G-Spot .............................................................................83 
4. THE PUBERTY GROWTH SPURT.................................................85 
The Height Spurt..................................................................................86 
How Tall Will I Be?..........................................................................87 
Tall Tales and Short Stories............................................................88 
Feet First........................................................................................89 
Your Changing Shape...........................................................................90 
BOX: Growing Pains and Scoliosis ..................................................91 
The Weight Spurt .................................................................................93 
"Too Fat"........................................................................................93 
Basic Body Types ...........................................................................94 
The Cult of Thinness.......................................................................95 
Dieting Can Be Dangerous to Your Health.......................................96 
BOX: Anorexia and Bulimia..............................................................98 
Taking Care of Your Body .....................................................................99 
Eating Right and Exercising ............................................................97 
Tobacco, Alcohol, and Other Drugs ...............................................100 
BOX: Female Athletic Syndrome....................................................101 
Liking the Way You Look ....................................................................102 
5. BODY HAIR, PERSPIRATION, PIMPLES, AND 
OTHER CHANGES...........................................105 
Underarm and Body Hair ...................................................................106 
A Hairy Question ..........................................................................106 
Shaving and Other Ways of Dealing with Unwanted Hair..................107 
Razors: A Buyer's Guide ...............................................................108 
BOX: Does It Really Grow Back Thicker and Darker? .....................108 
Shaving Tips for Blade Razors ......................................................109 
BOX: Other Ways of Removing Hair ...............................................110 
BOX: Removing Hair at the "Bikini Line" .......................................112 
Perspiration and Body Odor...............................................................113 
Dealing with Perspiration and Body Odor ......................................114 
Deodorants and Antiperspirants ...................................................115 
BOX: Feminine Hygiene Spray .......................................................116 
Pimples, Acne, and Other Skin Problems .........................................117 
What Causes Acne? .....................................................................117 
Treatment.....................................................................................119 
Over-the-Counter Treatments ........................................................120 
BOX: Acne and Food .....................................................................121 
Medical Treatment........................................................................121 
BOX: Special Skin Concerns for African-American Women .............122 
BOX: The Upside of Puberty..........................................................124 
Stretch Marks ....................................................................................124 
6. THE REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS AND THE MENSTRUAL 
CYCLE...............................................127 
The Inside Story: Your Reproductive Organs.....................................128 
The Inner Growth Spurt ................................................................130 
BOX: Don't Believe Everything You See.........................................130 
Vaginal Discharge ..............................................................................132 
Hormones ..........................................................................................132 
Estrogen and the Menstrual Cycle................................................134 
Ovulation......................................................................................135 
BOX: Ovulation Pain......................................................................135 
Fertilization ..................................................................................137 
Menstruation................................................................................138 
BOX: Menopause..........................................................................139 
The Menstrual Cycle ..........................................................................139 
Length of the Cycle.......................................................................141 
Irregular Cycles in Young Women..................................................142 
Length of Period ...........................................................................143 
Amount and Pattern of Menstrual Flow.........................................143 
BOX: Douching..............................................................................144 
Clots and the Color of the Flow.....................................................144 
Missed Periods ............................................................................145 
Spotting .......................................................................................145 
Just Guidelines.............................................................................146 
Other Menstrual Changes..................................................................146 
Premenstrual Syndrome ....................................................................148 
Keeping Track of Your Menstrual Cycle.............................................148 
7. ALL ABOUT HAVING PERIODS................................................153 
Getting Your First Period ....................................................................154 
Breast Stage and Your First Period ...............................................154 
Family Background and Your First Period.......................................155 
Getting It at School.......................................................................155 
BOX: Saying You Did When You Didn't...........................................157 
More First Period Stories..............................................................159 
Telling Your Parents ......................................................................165 
BOX: Is It All Right to . . . ? ..........................................................166 
Menstrual Protection .........................................................................167 
Tampon Safety and TSS................................................................168 
Questions About Dioxin ................................................................169 
Pads.............................................................................................170 
A Buyer's Guide to Pads........................................................170 
Using Pads............................................................................173 
Reusable, 100% Cotton Pads................................................174 
Tampons ......................................................................................175 
Answers to FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) .....................175 
Choosing the Right Absorbency .............................................178 
Tampon Applicators ...............................................................179 
Tips for First-Time Users........................................................180 
Changing, Removing, and Disposing of Tampons...................182 
Cramps...............................................................................................184 
BOX: Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers............................................184 
What Causes Cramps?.................................................................188 
Coping with Cramps: What You Can Do.........................................188 
Home Remedies...........................................................................188 
8. BOYS AND PUBERTY..................................................................191 
Similarities and Differences..............................................................191 
The First Changes ..............................................................................193 
The Penis and the Scrotum ...............................................................193 
Circumcision ................................................................................194 
Five Stages of Puberty.......................................................................196 
The Growth Spurt...............................................................................198 
Changing Shape.................................................................................198 
Body Hair, Perspiration, Pimples, and Other Changes......................199 
Facial Hair ....................................................................................199 
Breast Changes............................................................................200 
Voice ............................................................................................200 
Erections ............................................................................................200 
Spontaneous Erections ................................................................201 
Penis Size ....................................................................................202 
Getting Soft Again ........................................................................202 
Sperm, Internal Sex Organs, and Ejaculation ...................................203 
First Ejaculation, Masturbation, and Wet Dreams ............................206 
9. ROMANTIC AND SEXUAL FEELINGS.....................................207 
Just Friends........................................................................................208 
Crushes..............................................................................................210 
Homosexual Feelings.........................................................................212 
Dating.................................................................................................215 
Falling in Love ....................................................................................220 
Making Decisions About How to Handle 
Your Romantic and Sexual Feelings ..................................................221 
Sexuality: Feeling Private/Feeling Guilty ...........................................225 
Feeling Private..............................................................................226 
BOX: Birth Control ........................................................................226 
BOX: AIDS and Other STDs ...........................................................228 
Feeling Guilty................................................................................229 
Sexual Crimes....................................................................................232 
Rape ............................................................................................232 
Child Sexual Abuse.......................................................................233 
A Few Final Words..............................................................................236 
RESOURCE SECTION.....................................................................243 
A Note About the Internet..................................................................243 
Birth Control, AIDS, and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)............................................................244 Counseling 
and Therapy ....................................................................245 Eating Disorders: Anorexia, Bulimia, 
Overeating, and Female Athletic Syndrome ......................................246 
Gay and Lesbian Youth ......................................................................247 
Menstrual Protection Products..........................................................248 
Resources for Parents and Teachers ................................................250 
Sexual Harassment and Abuse .........................................................251 
INDEX................................................................................................253

Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:

Teenage girls -- Growth -- Juvenile literature.
Teenage girls -- Physiology -- Juvenile literature.
Puberty -- Juvenile literature.
Sex instruction for girls -- Juvenile literature.