Discover what’s below your belt in this section. Here, you will learn about your anatomy (body parts) and the important changes it undergoes during your teen years. If you come from a faith-based or cultural community, you may be a part of a family and community that does not openly talk about these topics. They may not use the scientific terms for private parts, and they may not feel comfortable explaining to you the changes that your body is experiencing.
There are many reasons for this discomfort, which we hope to discuss in future posts. We hope that this resource offers you and your loved ones a chance to explore this information in a way that is anonymous and breaks the ice so that you are able to have future discussions. Here, you will learn about your body parts, your bodily functions and processes, and some of the changes you will be experiencing soon (if you haven’t already). We hope that the answers to your questions are in this section. If there is anything you still have a question on, please do not hesitate to ask one of HEART’s peer educators, by clicking here.
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Ovaries, Fallopian Tubes, Uterus, Endometrium, Cervix, Vagina A woman’s pelvis holds a unique and powerful gift: the possibility of life! This section is about the parts within your pelvic region having to do with periods and babies – in proper terms, reproduction. The first thing you may notice, if you look back at the drawing […]
What exactly is your pelvis? Is it where your belly button is? Is it just where your private parts are? Actually, it’s pretty much all of region below your belt. Your pelvis is a wonderful and mysterious place. Welcome!
While female reproductive organs are located entirely inside the pelvis, male reproductive organs are located both outside and inside the pelvis. The male reproductive organs include: Two testicles, (also known as testes) which produce and store sperm (the male reproductive cell), and produce the hormone, testosterone The duct system, which is made up of the…
Puberty & Menstruation
Just as puberty begins in some girls earlier than for other girls, the same applies to a period. Some girls may get their periods as early as 10, while others as late as 15. It’s easy to focus on the visible part of having a period, the blood. However, you may not have learned what…
Other Pelvic functions
Small Intestine, Large Intestine, Appendix Digestion is HUGE. Your body does it from the moment you eat breakfast in the morning and all night long after dinner! Basically once food or drink hits your mouth you start to digest; enzymes start to break the food down, and nutrients start to make their way into your...
Kidneys, Ureters, Bladder, Urethra, Rectum, Anus Now here’s some really interesting ground to cover: Elimination. Getting rid of Waste. Also known as PEE and POO. Kidneys: Like two little factories working, working, working, all the time, your kidneys sit above your pelvis Kidneys work to filter out what your body doesn’t need for nutrition before…
What is Constipation? Has this ever happened to you? You are away at summer camp or on a family trip, the first week goes by, you’re having so much fun and then you realize – you haven’t pooped! You became CONSTIPATED. Let’s look at a definition: CONSTIPATION (kon-stuh-PAY-shun): A condition in which a person – […]