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    Can I do anything about the fact that I sweat a lot under my arms?
     
     
     
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    Many women sweat more than usual during puberty and when they have their periods. Washing daily under your arms is the best way to keep the sweat at bay. Make sure that your skin is completely dry before using a deodorant. Use a hairdryer set to blow cold air before applying the deodorant if you have a problem with heavy sweating! A deodorant that contains alcohol is most effective. Tight tops and synthetic clothes are a real no-no when it comes to sweating. Cotton or woollen clothes are better. If you have a heavy sweat problem, ask at the pharmacy – they have stronger deodorants that will help.

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    I sweat heavily under my arms and get big sweat marks.  I use deodorant, but it doesn’t help. What can I do?

     
     
     
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    Try avoiding clothes made of artificial fibres – they don’t breathe very well and will simply make your problem worse. Wear clothes made from 100% cotton (or other natural fibre) close to your skin so that it can breathe, like a t-shirt you can change every day. You might like to try removing the hair from under your arms so that the sweat smell can’t stick to the hair. Shower every day and use a low pH soap (ask at the pharmacy) that you rinse thoroughly. You might also find it useful to switch to a different deodorant that suits you better.

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    How do you know when you’re the correct weight?
     
     
     
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    It’s very individual, what you weigh. Some people are naturally slim, others are slightly heavier built. Women develop a higher percentage of body fat during puberty – it’s a prerequisite for having periods. If you exercise regularly (at least half an hour a day is good!) and eat proper meals, rather than snacking all the time, your weight is probably appropriate for your body. BMI (body mass index) can give you an indication of what you should weigh. It’s a simple mathematical calculation that acts as a reference figure. If you’re uncertain as to whether you weigh what you should, talk to your school nurse or a young person’s clinic.

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    Why do we have a hymen?

     
     
     
      Gill Says:    
     

    The hymen helps stop bacteria entering the vagina and makes it harder for you to get an infection.

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