I was recently teaching a small group of 10-year-old girls about puberty. When our discussion became focused on the vulva, it was interesting to them to learn that there are two openings. One opening is for urine and one is the opening out of which menstrual blood comes. Because they have heard that blood appears in their underwear when a period starts, they assumed it was coming from the same place as urine.
This is a picture of young girls who have just completed a Celebrate Puberty Workshop with me. I asked them to organize themselves into the correct sequence of events in a menstrual cycle.
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