Curly questions

There are lots of questions students may find embarrassing to ask in a classroom setting.
Here are some common “curly questions” with answers supplied by our fully qualified nurse.
Teachers can print these off for distribution or suggest that students visit this page to find
out for themselves.

Students can also independently visit where they can privately ask our nurse about puberty, health and
hygiene in a secure, online environment.

Questions and answers

      You asked

    When I go to the toilet to do wee it stings. What should I do?

      Libra answer:    

    This is a sign of a bladder infection and you need to go and see a doctor who you feel comfortable with as you need antibiotics. Some other things you can do when you have an attack of cystitis are:
    • Drink Barley water, about three litres a day
    • Avoid tea and coffee and spicy food
    • Eat yogurt because you will be on antibiotics
    • To help prevent cystitis make sure you always wipe yourself from ''front to back'' after going to the toilet.

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    4 Ratings
      You asked
    I get sexual urges and feel bad. Is this a normal way to feel? Do other 14 year olds feel the same way? I do not know and I am too scared to ask anyone in case I’m not normal.
      Libra answer:    

    I’ve got some good news. You are perfectly normal. When we go through puberty we get thumped with all these new and confusing emotions. Many of these new emotions are sexual and we just don’t know what to do with them. We have to ''grow into'' these new emotions and that takes a while.
    Masturbating is a good way to handle some of these strong, sexual feelings. Masturbating is normal and healthy and most people do it even if they don’t talk about it. Just make sure you do it in the privacy of your own room.

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    3 Ratings
      You asked
    I am 14 and I am small all over. I mean all over. Will I be able to have normal sex when I am older? Is there anything that I can take to make me grow?
      Libra answer:    

    Yes you will be able to have normal sex when you are older. You do not need to take anything to make you grow. Your body will do it all for you when it is ready.

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    2 Ratings
      You asked

    What is PMT or PMS?

      Libra answer:    

    PMT stands for pre-menstrual tension but this is now being called PMS, pre-menstrual syndrome. The reason it is called a syndrome is because there are a group of symptoms associated with PMS.
    What causes PMS is still in dispute. Some experts believe that the rise and fall of hormones cause it. The exact relationship between hormones, diet, pollution, stress and lifestyle is not yet known.
    Some women experience a combination of symptoms and there are about thirty. Some of the more common symptoms are bloating, breast tenderness, headaches, irritability, food cravings and depression. PMS usually occurs in the week before your period.

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    3 Ratings
  • The strength of all the hairs on one human head can support the weight of approximately 100 people.

  • Lizards communicate by doing push-ups.

  • Ice cream was invented in China around 2000 B.C.

  • Penguins have an organ above their eyes that changes seawater to feshwater.

  • A lungfish can live out of water in suspended animation for three years.

  • The human race grows by about 214,000 people.

  • The average person spends 2 weeks of their life waiting for a traffic light to change.

  • The highest temperature on record was 57.78 degrees on 13 september 1992, in Azizia, Libya.

  • Babies have the strongest sense of smell. They can recognise their mothers by scent.

  • The blue whale weighs 50 tonnes at birth, and as much as 150 tonnes fully grown.

  • There are more plastic flamingoes in America than real ones.

  • Podiatrists state that the average pair of feet travel about 190,000km in a lifetime.

  • A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

  • Hair grows slowest at night.

  • An average person sheds about 750 grams of skin per year.

  • On average a human will spend up to 2 weeks kissing in his/her lifetime.

  • All porcupines float in water.

  • Flounder swim sideways.

  • The first VCR was made in 1956 and was the size of a piano.

  • In one day, the human brain generates more electrical impulses than telephones in the world put together.

  • Liquorice can raise your blood pressure.

  • Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

  • There are more people in the world who eat alligators than there are alligators that eat people.

  • Cabbage is 91% water.

  • The male fox will mate for life. If the female dies he remains single till death.

  • The cheetah is the only cat that can't retract its claws.

  • Flamingoes live up to 80 years.

  • Mosquitoes have teeth.

  • Chocolate contains the same chemical that your brain produces when you fall in love - phenylethylamine.

  • In the time it takes to read this sentence, 50,000 cells in your body will die and be replaced.

  • Teeth are the only parts of the human body that can't repair themselves.

  • Termites eat wood twice as fast when listening to heavy metal music.

  • In most advertisements, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.

  • The average bed is home to over 6 billion dust mites.

  • On a clear, dark night a human can see a candle burning 50km away.

  • Bees have to collect nectar from four million flowers to make one kilogram of honey.

  • Fish have been known to kiss up to 25 minutes.

  • Frogs never drink. They absorb water from their surroundings by osmosis.

  • The average lifespan of a taste bud is 7 to 10 days.

  • A horse can sleep standing up.

  • The fastest sneeze recorded was clocked at 166.7km an hour.

  • In Pacific Grove, California, it is a misdemeanour to kill a butterfly.

  • Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backward.

  • The bird that lays the largest egg in relation to its own size is the Kiwi.

  • The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows.

  • The average person spends 2 weeks of its life waiting for a traffic light to change.

  • Male monkeys go bald in the same way men do.

  • Men sweat approximately 40% more than women.

  • One thousand tonnes of meteor dust falls to Earth each day.

  • Spider silk is a very strong material and its on-weight basis has proven it to be stronger than steel.

  • Megeiricophobia is the intense fear of having to cook.

  • A snail can sleep for three years.

  • The harmonica is the world's best-selling musical instrument.

  • Elephants and short-tailed shrews get only two hours of sleep each day.

  • Seals sleep underwater and surface for air without waking.

  • Swedish people drink more coffee than any other race in the world.

  • A large cumulonimbus cloud can hold enough water for 500,000 baths.

  • Your brain is more active sleeping than it is watching TV.

  • Scientists have found chocolate has a chemical that helps counteract depression.

  • Fish can get seasick.

  • Chickens can travel up to 15km per hour.

  • An average snail moves at a rate of 58cm per hour.

  • Rats can go without water longer than camels.

  • It takes about 20 seconds for a red blood cell to circle the whole body.

  • Snails have teeth.

  • Facial hair is the fastest growing hair on the body.

  • The bullfrog is the only animal that never sleeps.

  • The US bought Florida from Spain.


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