Hesperian Health Guides
Chapter 5: Health Concerns of Girls
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Sometime between the ages of 10 and 15, a girl’s body begins to grow and change into an adult body. These can be exciting and difficult years. A young woman may not feel exactly like a girl or a woman—her body is somewhere in between and is doing new things she is not used to. What can make it harder is when no one talks about the changes, and so a girl may not know what to expect. This chapter describes these changes, tells how a girl can stay healthy as she grows, and gives information to help her make the right decisions for a healthy life.