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Your reproductive health

A mother and daughter.

As you grow older, changes begin to happen in your body. These include changes in your reproductive system, which means all the parts involved in the process of creating babies, from your vagina (the opening) to your uterus (where a baby grows). The changes can be very exciting — and pretty scary. But you can learn about what to expect and how to stay healthy. And girlshealth.gov is here to help!

You can learn about:

  • Your period (also called your menstrual cycle)
  • What the fluid that comes out of your vagina should look like
  • Taking care of your reproductive health to prevent diseases like HIV/AIDS
  • Important things to know about sex so that you can make choices that are right for you and your health
  • Protecting your reproductive health so that you are able to have a baby when you are ready for that someday

For more information, check out the links below:

How the reproductive system works
When to see a gynecologist
Straight talk about sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
STI symptoms, tests, and treatments
Vaginal infections

If you have questions, talk to one of your parents or your guardian, your school nurse, doctor, or another adult you trust. And remember, no question is silly! Most adults have probably heard these questions before — and are happy to help you stay healthy.

 

Content last reviewed October 13, 2010
Page last updated October 31, 2013

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health.

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