1. Is developing curves, a part of normal growing up?
Due to the hormonal changes that occur during growing up, women tend to put on weight especially around the hips. This along with the breast development gives a woman the curves in her body.
2. I feel attracted towards boys at my tuition classes. Is it wrong?
It is perfectly normal to get attracted to boys during the phase of adolescence and there is no reason to feel guilty about it.
3. Why do I have acne developing on my face and what do I do about it?
Developing acne is a common occurrence in early adulthood. It is often due to the hormonal effects the woman undergoes. This makes the skin oily and predisposing to dirt collecting under the skin pores. The best thing would be to clean the face with a simple face wash repeatedly. It is also important not to pick the acne as it can leave ugly scars and spread dangerous infection to the brain.
4. I feel shy to talk to boys. How can I overcome my shyness?
It must first be considered why are you shy. Usually it is due to a traditional upbringing or in an environment where free mixing of the genders is taboo. To overcome shyness, it would be to worth trying to interact in a group and to do some introspection. You should be careful not to get carried away by peer pressure and indulge in behaviour, which makes you uncomfortable.
5. I am 17yrs old and do not have a boyfriend. Does it mean something is wrong with me?
Come on, you do not need to have a boyfriend just because a few of your friends may be having one. You must also get out of the mindset that not having a boyfriend makes you pathological. Maintain healthy relationships with members of both sexes and you should just be fine.
6. Is it okay to have wine in a restaurant? Will it make me an alcoholic?
An alcoholic is a person who is dependent on alcohol and thus becomes a social liability. You become an alcoholic when you cross the limit. Enjoying wine with food is alright as long as it does not go against your moral, social and family principles.
7. My boyfriend smokes. Is it okay to take a few drags? I am 16 yrs old.
Taking a few drags!! On the other hand you should influence your boyfriend to stop. Smoking does not make you look cool. It is a dangerous habit having very serious consequences on your health. It affects the lungs, heart besides being responsible for several cancers of the body.
8. My panties stink. What should I do?
It is important to maintain good hygiene around your private parts. Trim your pubic hair from time to time and wash the area with soap during a bath. Change undergarments regularly and prefer cotton to synthetic varieties. Avoid the use of deodarants or powder in that area as it may be harmful. It you have itching or white discharge along with the smell, you may have an infection and need to consult a gynecologist.
9. Do I need to shave my pubic hair regularly?
Shaving pubic hair regularly is not recommended but it is important to trim the hair so that dirt does not collect predisposing to infection. Above all maintain good perineal hygiene at all times.
10. My friends tease me because of a mole on my face. What should I do?
What is in a mole? That could well be your beauty spot. Physical attributes are often not under your control and you could well ignore the comments and not get influenced by them. It would be difficult to explain to your friends but once you start ignoring the comments, they will decrease in time.