Sexuality - Puberty






Puberty: Words to Know

Abstinence:
Voluntary, self-denial of sexual intercourse.
Cervix:
Narrow outer end of the uterus.
Clitoris:
Small erectile organ at anterior part of the vulva.
Conception:
Also called fertilization. The formation of a cell capable of developing into a new being, such as when a man's sperm fertilizes a woman's egg creating a human embryo.
Contraception:
A birth control tool that prevents conception.
Cowper's glands:
Two small glands on sides of the male urethra, below the prostate gland, that produce a clear, sticky fluid that is thought to coat the urethra for passage of sperm.
Cunnilingus:
Oral stimulation of the vulva or clitoris.
Date rape:
Also called acquaintance rape; forced sexual intercourse between a person and someone she or he is acquainted with, is friends with, or is dating.
Ejaculation:
Sudden discharge of fluid (from penis).
Endometrial:
Referring to mucous membrane lining the uterus.
Epididymis:
System of ducts leading from the testes that holds sperm.
Estrogen:
Hormone that stimulates female secondary sex characteristics.
Fallopian tubes:
Pair of tubes conducting the egg from the ovary to the uterus.
Fellatio:
Oral stimulation of the penis.
Hymen:
Fold of mucous membrane partly closing the orifice of the vagina.
Labia majora:
Outer fatty folds of the vulva (big lips).
Labia minora:
Inner connective folds of the vulva (little lips).
Masturbation:
Erotic stimulation of one's own genital organs.
Maturation:
Process of becoming mature; developing, growing up.
Menstruation:
Monthly discharge of blood and tissue debris from the uterus.
Oral sex:
Sexual activity involving the mouth.
Ova:
Female reproductive cells; also called eggs.
Ovaries:
Female reproductive organs that produce eggs and female sex hormones.
Ovulation:
Discharge of mature ovum from the ovary.
Penis:
Male sex organ and channel by which urine and ejaculate leave the body.
Pro-choice:
Supports a woman's choice in regard to abortion.
Prostate gland:
A muscular glandular body situated at the base of the male urethra.
Right-to-life:
Supports anti-abortion (with possible exceptions for incest and rape) movement.
Scrotum:
External pouch that contains the testes.
Sexual abuse:
All levels of sexual contact against anyone's will, including inappropriate touching, kissing, and intercourse.
Sexual harassment:
All unwanted and unsolicited sexual advances, talk, and behavior.
Sexual intercourse:
Involves genital contact between individuals.
Smegma:
Cheesy sebaceous matter that collects between the penis and the foreskin.
Sperm:
Male reproductive cell.
Testicles:
Male reproductive gland that produces sperm.
Testosterone:
Hormone produced by testes.
Urethra:
Canal that carries urine from the bladder.
Uterus:
Womb; female organ that contains and nourishes an embryo/fetus.
Vagina:
Canal that leads from the uterus to external opening of genital canal.
Vas deferens:
Spermatic duct connected to the epididymis and seminal vesicle.
Vulva:
External parts of the female genital organs.

Puberty is simply the time during which the secondary sexual characteristics, such as boys' voices deepening or girls' breasts growing, develop and a sign that the body's reproductive organs are becoming fully functional. Puberty occurs in boys roughly from ages thirteen to sixteen and in girls roughly between the ages of twelve and fifteen. However, this time certainly doesn't feel simple to those going through it. It is probably the first time in a person's life that he or she will have the opportunity to be truly aware of his or her own biological changes.

The experience of puberty will be new and different for both boys and girls. It is not something that happens overnight, though, but rather it is a process that occurs in stages and at different ages for different people. It is perfectly normal, for example, for one person to have already started developing while his or her best friend has not.

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