Puberty can be a very confusing and scary time for boys and girls. Children undergo a whole lot of physical and emotional changes during this time and are often unable to express or make sense of it. However, this is when parents need to play their part and ease out the transformation.
Here’s busting some myths related to sexual and mental health. Read on and get your facts right!
Myth #1: Pimples are a sign of puberty
Fact: This is one thing most of us assume, don’t we? Pimples and acne are not indications of menstruation. They are caused majorly because of the lack of skin hygiene. And of course, the hormones certainly play their part well too. As a result, excess oil and dirt get clogged in the skin pores. However, they do fade away with time and there is nothing much for you to worry about.
Myth #2: Girls cannot touch pickles during menstruation
Fact: Some girls experience pain during periods. However, this has nothing to do with touching pickles, not entering the kitchen or not going to the temple. These are some superstitions which have been believed and even followed for years and sadly the taboo still continues.
Myth# 3: Sudden ejaculation is abnormal
Sudden ejaculation or nightfall (As it is commonly called) is a normal thing among boys. Blame it all on the hormones. It is nothing but body’s way of relieving sexual arousal. So, dear parents, instead of panicking that your son is up to no good, reassure him and state the facts.
Myth #4: Period Blood in impure
Isn’t this something that all of us assume? Well, but it turns out that period blood is as pure and normal as regular blood. There is no scientific proof that period blood contains toxic substances. In fact, half of the period fluid contains calcium, iron, sodium, cervical mucus, etc.
Myth#5: You need to panic if your child does not grow taller after puberty
This is absolutely baseless and there is no hard and fast rule that boys and girls MUST grow taller soon after puberty. Boys normally see an increase in height between the age of 12 to 16 or 18, while for girls, it’s normally between 9 to 15. Plus, genes play a major role too!
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