Back to Sexual health. Here are answers to some of the questions girls ask about their bodies. You'll probably start to notice changes from age 10 upwards, but there's no right or wrong time to start. Some people go through puberty later than others. This is normal. If you have no signs of puberty by the age of 16, see a doctor for a check-up. Find out more about girls and puberty. Yes, this is perfectly normal. Before puberty, most girls have very little discharge. After puberty, what's normal for one girl won't be normal for another.
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Here are five problems to look out for down below. Vulvovaginitis is when the vagina and vulva are inflamed which can be pretty painful and uncomfortable. Many things can cause this, such as moisture and dampness in the area, being overweight, tight nappies or clothing, soaps and threadworms. When vulvovaginitis is mild, it can be treated by putting them in loose clothing and avoiding things like bubble baths and soaps. Adding some white vinegar to the tub and using nappy rash cream can also help soothe symptoms.
Clinicians, however, continue to refer to changes in the hymen to assess for a history of consensual or nonconsensual sexual intercourse. We reviewed published evidence to dispel commonly held myths about the hymen and its morphology, function, and use as evidence in cases of sexual violence. An examination of the hymen is not an accurate or reliable test of a previous history of sexual activity, including sexual assault. We call on clinicians to consider the low predictive value of a hymen examination and to: 1 avoid relying solely on the status of the hymen in sexual assault examinations and reporting; 2 help raise awareness of this issue among their peers and counterparts in law enforcement and the judicial system; and 3 promote fact-based discussions about the limitations of hymenal examinations as part of clinical education for all specialties that address the sexual or reproductive health of women and girls. The online version of this article In some settings, clinicians who evaluate women and girls suspected of being victims of sexual assault, or suspected of having engaged in intercourse with or without consent , rely on an examination of the hymen for their assessments.
Related Editorial. Child victims of sexual abuse may present with physical findings that can include anogenital problems, enuresis or encopresis. Behavioral changes may involve sexual acting out, aggression, depression, eating disturbances and regression. Because the examination findings of most child victims of sexual abuse are within normal limits or are nonspecific, the child's statements are extremely important. The child's history as obtained by the physician may be admitted as evidence in court trials; therefore, complete documentation of questions and answers is critical. A careful history should be obtained and a thorough physical examination should be performed with documentation of all findings.