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Mum bought me a book on puberty

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Im a girl and my mum bought me a book on my bodie and growing up as I got my first period in the book it says about sex and don’t know why but when I was reading about the sex part my knickers got sticky is this normal 


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Thank you for contacting us. We understand that it’s not always easy to share how we are feeling or what we are experiencing, but we also know how important it is to talk about what’s on our mind.   

You said that your mum bought you a book about your body and growing up and that you have noticed some changes in your body.  

What you are going through is completely normal and something that every young person experiences. During puberty, the body goes through a series of hormonal and physical changes which prepare us for adulthood and, particularly, sexual maturity. You mentioned that you got your first period and when you were reading about the sex part in your book your knickers felt sticky. This is totally normal! It sounds like you are in tune with the messages that your body is sending you. You can respond to this in a way that feels comfortable for you. Exploring our bodies is a normal part of our development but remember that you should always feel safe and secure.   

As your body continues to change you may have more questions about this, do you have a trusted adult in your life that you can discuss this with such as a parent, aunt or uncle? It may feel awkward or uncomfortable, but remember it is completely normal and older adults in your life will have experienced similar changes during puberty. 

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