My Body/My Health
The high school years are busy for young women as you begin to balance taking care of
yourself physically, with spending time with friends, family, school and perhaps a job and
Being outside your home with a full schedule may lead to questions like, "How do I eat healthy on the run?"
Even though you had health education classes in the past, this age brings up different
questions. During the high school years, you have an perspective of your body not only on
the outside, but from a larger view that includes inside yourself as well. Reproductive
development is more complete, and a few common
questions may be,"What actually is a pelvic exam?", "When should I have my first Pap Smear?", and "Why do I need to do a breast exam at my age?"
Intimacy develops in relationships during the
high school years. Intimacy takes many forms. Physical and sexual intimacy is only two of
many. Appropriate intimacy can take the form of developing healthy relationships with a
group of friends, and even sharing quiet times that feel safe with a pet. Many forms of
intimacy are healthy and enhance your state of wellness. These including developing skills to
enjoy time by yourself as you read a favorite book, take a
walk on the beach, or foster spiritual growth in a way that is important to you. There are
various ways to develop intimacy.
If you are developing an intimate relationship that is becoming physical or sexual in
nature, there are some very important things that you need to know. You
are older now, and increasingly free to make choices that are yours alone to make, but it is
important to know that there are positive and negative consequences to decisions. And
clearly, consequences of your choices also effect people around you. We all make mistakes.
We all make choices that later we say, "Next time, I'll sure do that one differently." We
all experience consequences of our mistakes. The concern is that during adolescence,
these can impact health - sometimes seriously.
How can we put ourselves in the best position to make healthy decisions around physical and sexual intimacy?
One way to make healthy decisions is to take your time, gather reliable information and discuss
pros and cons with trustworthy friends and adults.
Decisions that are well thought out, that look at what's in your best interest, are better for
your health. Well thought out decisions will help you meet your goals, needs, desires and
dreams. Empowering yourself with reliable health information, and keeping connected with
others to listen to various points of views, will help you make choices that are best