Different is Normal - Changing Bodies and Genitals - Planned Parenthood





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Uploaded on Oct 27, 2011

Your body is confusing, especially during puberty. You don't need to worry about whether your breasts, penis, vagina, or any other parts of your body are normal. Each person's body is different -- and different is normal.

For more information about your changing body and genitals, please visit: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/info...

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As a teenager, you worry about a lot of things: homework, acne, your profile picture. One thing you shouldn't be worried about is whether or not your breasts, penis, or vulva are normal, but lots of kids do. So, are they normal? Will they be when you're all grown up? Short answer: yes. Long answer: well, when it comes to our bodies, being different is normal.

You already know that our bodies are just like snowflakes, no two are alike. Our faces are all made of the same parts: eyes, ears, nose, mouth, but they all look completely different. If that goes for your face, then why not the rest of your body? The reality is that normal is different. It's all over the place.

Let's start with the guys. Here's a flaccid, or soft, adult penis. All penises have the same parts: glans, shaft, urethra, and all have testicles hanging below. Here's one that's erect, or hard. Some have foreskins, some are circumcised and have no foreskin. Some are shorter, some are thicker, some are thinner, some curve when they're erect. All are normal.

Same goes for girls. Each vulva has an inner labia, outer labia, clitoris, opening to the vagina, urethra, and clitoral hood. Even with the same parts, each adult vulva looks completely different. Some have bigger openings in the vagina, some have bigger clitorises that stick out, some have wide outer labia, some have bigger inner labia that stick out, and often the labia in the pair don't match each other. All are normal. And it's no different with adult breasts either. Big, small, darker areolas, longer nipples, hair around the nipple, and a lot of the time the left and right breasts won't match either. All are normal.

So remember, when it comes to our faces, our hands, and yes, our genitals, different is normal. So you can officially stop worrying about your vulva, breasts, or penis. On the other hand, about that profile picture -- sorry, you're on your own there.

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