This period signifies the transition from childhood to womanhood, with accompanying physical changes. The first signs of puberty in girls may start at around 10 years old, and include an increase in height and weight, development of breasts, growth of body hair, acne and menstruation. Gynaecological issues in adolescence are often caused by hormonal imbalances related to the onset of puberty.
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In general, a regular menstrual cycle occurs every 21 – 35 days with bleeding lasting 2 – 7 days. Regularity of a period can depend on age, body weight, stress or other underlying health conditions.
A vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) can help prevent certain strains of HPV infections that could lead to cervical cancer. A HPV vaccination is most effective when provided before the start of sexual activity, before potential exposure to HPV.
Depending on the specific vaccines, girls and women aged 9 to 26 are eligible and advised to get vaccinated against HPV.