- Get to know your breasts! Look at them when you are dressing,
and feel them when you are in the shower or bath.
- This way you will become aware of any changes that are not
normal for you (breasts can change slightly during your monthly
- Look for any changes such as a lump or thickening in your
breast or armpit, any unusual pain or discharge from the nipple,
unusual changes in the outline, shape or size or any unusual
- There are many reasons for changes in your breast and most of
them are harmless, but should be checked. If you find any changes,
then see your doctor as soon as possible.
- It is possible for men to develop breast cancer too, although
male breast cancer makes up less than 1% of all cases.
local information about Breast Screening click on this
- Women between the ages of 20 - 64 are offered free cervical
smear tests every 3 - 5 years.
- It's a simple test that should take no more than 5 minutes,
and involves the doctor or nurse gently inserting an instrument
into your vagina to open it up, then using a small spatula to take
a sample of cells from the cervix.
- Though it can be slightly uncomfortable it should not be
- The test can detect early cell changes, and help to reduce the
risk of developing cervical cancer.
- if you are going to have a smear test, try to remember that
the doctor or nurse will have done lots of smears, and will try to
put you at ease.
For more information about
Smear Tests (Cervical Screening) click on the picture
HPV Vaccing (Cervical
The HPV (cervical cancer) vaccine
programme is offered in secondary schools. Year 8 girls can
receive the vaccine in school but if you are born between 1st
September 1991 and 31st August 1995 you are also eligable to
receive the vaccine for free.
For further information
about the vaccine and who to contact - click on the picture
- A period is belleding through your vagina
- Your body is getting ready every month in case it has to
support a fertalised egg.
- When no pregnancy happens, the lining of your uterus (womb)
starts to break up (a mixture of blood and cells) and along with
the unfertalised egg is squeezed out by the surrounding
- This is why some girls and women get period pains, or tummy
- Sometimes you can get other symptoms such as tender breasts,
or low backache. Everybody's different so you might not get any
symptoms at all.
- Periods can start from any age, usually around 12 or 13, but
some girls start as early as 8 and as late as 17. It will happen
when your body is ready and not before!
- Periods come roughly once a month, but can take 2 or 3 years
to settle into a regular pattern. Each one can last between 2 and 7
days, but the average is about 5.
Try to be prepared in advance, work out what sort of sanitary
protection is best for you, and try to take it with you until your
periods settle down into a regular pattern.
If you are at school, your school nurse will be able to give you
information and probably help if you start unexpectedly.
Pre-Menstrual Syndrome in other words!
Some people get very miserable or snappy and feel irritable in
the days before their period and this is called pre-menstrual
Though you sometimes hear people making jokes about it, it isn't
funny if you are suffering.
If you are struggling with painful periods or feel that you are
suffering from PMS, it might be wise to talk to your doctor or
chemist about it. If you have other questions about periods, you
Brook Advisory Centre ~ Tel: (01534) 507981
Sexual Health Direct ~ Tel: 0845 310 1334