Talking with adults about my health at a glance:
- Parents can answer a lot of your questions about your body.
- Doctors are body experts, so they can answer your questions and help you stay healthy.
- It's important to ask your doctor when you have pain, discomfort, or are just worried about something going on with your body.
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Why should I talk with my parents about my body?
Think about it: they have bodies and they've been teenagers, too. So chances are they can give you some real life advice. And if they don't know the answers to your questions, they can help you find the answers. It might feel weird to bring up the changes in your body with your parents, but they care about you and want to help.
If you want to make sure that your parents keep your conversations private, ask them not to tell anyone.
If you feel you really can't talk to your parents about what's going on with your body, find an adult you trust — a sibling, a cousin, an aunt or uncle, a teacher, a doctor, or someone else — to help you out with your questions.
How do I know when I should talk to a doctor?
A lot of the things that you might think are weird about your body are probably normal and healthy. So how do you know when it's really important to talk to your doctor about it? Well, a great first step if you're confused or worried about something is to talk to a parent or other trusted adult. They've been through a lot of the same stuff you're going through now, so they'll probably be able to tell you what's normal and what you should ask a doctor about.
You can also talk to a doctor in private about things you might not want to ask other people in your life. Doctors are experts on bodies, and their job is to answer your questions about your body and staying healthy.
When you're at the doctor, remember there's no such thing as a stupid question. Health care providers will always be happy to answer any questions you have about your body. It becomes especially important to ask questions when you have pain or discomfort that lasts for a long time, or if anything just feels wrong.