The teen body and the brain
You may have learned all about teen body development in your health classes at school. But it’s not always the forum where you feel comfortable asking more detailed questions.
Maybe you’d like to find out if the things that your friends chat or joke about are true: things like ‘The size of a guy’s penis relates to his sexual performance’ or ‘First-time sex is painful so you might as well get it over with’. If you’d like to find out more about how the teen body and brain works, or you’d like the real story about sexual myths, check out Chapter 2 of Teen Sex By the Book.
If you’ve read the book, and you would like to know more, here are some sites to visit:
- ‘Advocates for Youth’ is an American site with great information on a range of issues on health for young and not-so-young people. Check out the page on ‘Growth and Development’ http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/topics-issues/growth-and-development?task=view
- The WebMD sites are good sources of medical related information. Check these out:
Girls and Puberty: http://teens.webmd.com/girls/facts-about-puberty-girls
Teen Boys’ Health: http://teens.webmd.com/boys/default.htm
- This is a site on parenting. However the pages on teens are a good read. Check it out and then ask your parents to have a look at it: http://raisingchildren.net.au/
- If you read the section on the brain in Teen Sex By the Book and found it absolutely fascinating, read this site (but it’s not for the fainthearted!): http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/the-teen-brain-still-under-construction/complete-index.shtml