Our Bodies

Every person's body is different, but there are some basic parts that are the same. Here you can learn about how your body and other people’s bodies work. We will also discuss how they change during puberty and how to take care of your body.

Facts

Keeping Clean

When you kiss or have sex, it's nice if you’re clean and smell fresh. Brush your teeth, shower regularly, and wear clean clothes.

Ejaculation

If you get really aroused, you have an orgasm or ‘come’. When you have an orgasm, you ejaculate – semen comes out of your penis.

Penis shapes and sizes

Penises come in all shapes and sizes. And they all look different: straight, curved, long, thick, thin, circumcised, uncircumcised. One is no better than the other.

Overview: the male body

The penis is able to get bigger and smaller because it’s made of erectile tissue – inside it’s like a sponge that can fill up with blood.

Staying clean

When you kiss or have sex, its nice if you’re clean and smell nice. Brush your teeth, shower regularly and wear clean clothes.

Female genital cutting

Female circumcision, or cutting, is an age-old tradition. Depending on the tradition, a girl or woman may have part or all of her external genitals removed.

Puberty in girls

Most girls notice that their bodies start to change anywhere between the age of 9 and 16. Some girls start and end puberty earlier than others.

Pads and tampons

The two most common products to absorb the blood during your period are pads (also called sanitary pads, sanitary towels, sanitary napkins, or maxi pads) and tampons.

Overview: the female body

You've got sexual organs on the inside as well as the outside. The word 'vagina' is often used to describe the genitals or female sexual organs, but actually it's just one part of them.

Breasts

Breasts come in all shapes and sizes. Nipples also vary a lot, both in size and colour.