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StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
My sister has PCOS, she started her menses at 9 and had size triple H bra in high school.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
I have heard that the processed foods can be a culprit of early menses onset but I have also heard lack of physical activity. If you look at gymnasts, they don't develop breasts/hips/menses until much later since the physical activity brings out the testosterone. A friend of mine also said that the instance of PCOS( poly cystic ovarian syndrome) is on the rise as well. This causes early breast develop and early menses but not necessarily hip development. PCOS has been linked to the mothers diet and insulin levels reaking havoc on the baby in utero. If the mother is unhealthy, the baby has a higher risk of pcos later in life. How unhealthy we as Americans are, could explain a lot.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
I agree you dont keep them from it, you teach it yourself when appropriate, and not allow the media to do it for you.
mydiadem mydiadem 7 years
But you can't just try to keep teens away from sex as long as possible and assume they won't become sexualized. Its in their school, its all over the media, and it is pretty impossible to completely cut that all out. What needs to be taught teens is 1) sex is something that is special, not dirty and wrong. If you tell them its wrong you are either freaking them out about it or making them want to do it sooner to rebel. By communicating that sex is special, not a sin, and should be saved for someone that really desires it I think teens will become more picky and wait. 2) you have to discuss safe sex practices
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 7 years
That picture creeps me out. A child giving birth to a child. It looks wrong. I wish I could say it looks unnatural, but I don't think that's an appropriate word.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
I got mine, back in 82 at age 9. and i was raised in a natural foods environment, i am talking Nayonaise and blue corn chips no salt. my 10 year old neice has a training bra now, i am in complete denial of that fact for the record.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
I got mine, back in 82 at age 9. and i was raised in a natural foods environment, i am talking Nayonaise and blue corn chips no salt. my 10 year old neice has a training bra now, i am in complete denial of that fact for the record.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
I guess the national average for menstration is about 9 years old now (20 years ago it was 15, I believe). That might be because of food added hormones, or because we are better nourished or something...but whatever it is girls bodies are developing far quicker than their minds.
stephley stephley 7 years
Great, let's blame the food industry and their chemicals, additives and hormones for the problem. It's as good as explanation as any.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 7 years
A 9 year-old with a size C cup. That's insane. I knew a girl who got her period in 4th grade and had at least wore a Cup A. Her name was Yasheka and she was a bigger girl (height/weight) so we weren't surprised when she told us.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 7 years
I agree CG.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 7 years
I agree CG.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
CG--exactly.And I personally wouldn't mind not having to see another 12-year-old girl walking through the mall with all her stuff hanging out.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
CG--exactly. And I personally wouldn't mind not having to see another 12-year-old girl walking through the mall with all her stuff hanging out.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
Parents have to learn to say No, to the "porn star" shirts, to the low cut tight jeans, to the exposure to sex on tv and movies, to the wearing of makeup that is innappropriate, to the video games that promote sex and violence to whatever the media is saying these kids "need" to be popular and okay with themselves.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
I don't know how to resolve it, but I also think that teens physically maturing at a much younger age is a factor. Many guys have that idea that if a girl is physically developing then she is ready for hte taking, and the age for puberty has dropped drastically the past 10 years. Right now when you have girls at 9 years old getting breasts, they aren't mentally ready to handle that. If they are allowed to dress provacatively, then I think they are going to get even more attention that they don't understand the consequences to. It takes a bit of savy to defend yourself from a manipulative older men.One of my former co-workers had a 9 year old daughter with a C cup breast size. At 9 years old!!!! She said she would take her daughter to the store, and all sorts of men would be checking her daughter out...and she just wanted to play with the dolls in the toy department. Her body was one place, her brain was another. I also worked with some junior high kids, and I saw quite a few well intentioned adults sincerely mistake them for 22 year olds...not just because of the physical appearance, but also because of the low cut pants, the low cut tops, etc.
Jillness Jillness 7 years
I don't know how to resolve it, but I also think that teens physically maturing at a much younger age is a factor. Many guys have that idea that if a girl is physically developing then she is ready for hte taking, and the age for puberty has dropped drastically the past 10 years. Right now when you have girls at 9 years old getting breasts, they aren't mentally ready to handle that. If they are allowed to dress provacatively, then I think they are going to get even more attention that they don't understand the consequences to. It takes a bit of savy to defend yourself from a manipulative older men. One of my former co-workers had a 9 year old daughter with a C cup breast size. At 9 years old!!!! She said she would take her daughter to the store, and all sorts of men would be checking her daughter out...and she just wanted to play with the dolls in the toy department. Her body was one place, her brain was another. I also worked with some junior high kids, and I saw quite a few well intentioned adults sincerely mistake them for 22 year olds...not just because of the physical appearance, but also because of the low cut pants, the low cut tops, etc.
em1282 em1282 7 years
Nevermind, I got it, UD :)
em1282 em1282 7 years
Nevermind, I got it, UD :)
em1282 em1282 7 years
Jill, that is exactly what made me laugh in that statement. :)
em1282 em1282 7 years
Wait, which mom said sex is OK? Sarah Palin?
em1282 em1282 7 years
i doubt any teen is going 2 think "WELL SARAH PALINS DAUGHTR JUST GAVE BIRTH, 2 CELEBRATE IM GOING 2 GO HAVE UNPROTECTED PENIS SEX WITH MY BOYFRIEND":rotfl:
em1282 em1282 7 years
i doubt any teen is going 2 think "WELL SARAH PALINS DAUGHTR JUST GAVE BIRTH, 2 CELEBRATE IM GOING 2 GO HAVE UNPROTECTED PENIS SEX WITH MY BOYFRIEND" :rotfl:
Jillness Jillness 7 years
"UNPROTECTED PENIS SEX":rotfl:Funniest phrase ever!! :) I don't usually hear the "p" word thrown in there, so for some reason it just cracks me up !
Jillness Jillness 7 years
"UNPROTECTED PENIS SEX" :rotfl: Funniest phrase ever!! :) I don't usually hear the "p" word thrown in there, so for some reason it just cracks me up !
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