Am I Normal? More of your questions answered
Following on from the success of Your Questions Answered Vol. 1, we are back to respond to more of your awkward enquiries - from whether it's normal to have one testicle bigger than the other, to if it's strange to have a crush on your best friend - nothing is out of bounds!
If your question isn't covered here, feel free to contact us anonymously via the form at the bottom of this article, or check out the Channel 4 support page.
Now, over to you!
Is it normal to masturbate twice a day?
As you reach puberty, you will naturally start to become curious about your body and want to explore it. Part of this exploration may involve masturbation. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this and it will not affect your development or health. If you find yourself becoming addicted, and you realise that it is affecting other aspects of your life, then this can be a sign of something more serious. In this case, we suggest you speak to somebody you can trust. Further information can be found on the NHS website.
Is it normal to have uneven breast size?
Having different breast size is completely normal and actually quite common, especially during puberty. Often, the breasts will even out at around aged 20. Sometimes they won't and that's still perfectly fine! If you are worried about your uneven breast size, it's a good idea to speak to your GP about your concerns, and it's important to often check your breasts for any unusual lumps or bumps. Find out more on how to do that here.
Is it normal to be 16 and not have started my period?
Whilst girls usually start their periods between the ages of 12 and 16, everyone is different and develops at differing rates. However, if you are 16 and still haven't had your first period, you could visit your GP for a check up. Your GP is likely to suggest you wait to see what happens - sometimes, periods can start as late as 18 years of age. Check out this NHS page for more information on periods.
Is it normal to have a crush on my best friend even though we're both the same gender?
As you develop and learn about your sexual preferences, it is completely normal to experience an attraction to both boys and girls - this may pass, but if it doesn't, it is also perfectly fine! Confiding in your friend about how you feel is a big step which may involve ramifications, so you may want to talk to someone else first about your feelings. This website has useful advice on how to deal with a crush on a friend.
Is it normal to have one testicle bigger than the other?
A small difference in testicle size is normal, but a significant difference can be a sign of something that should be looked at by your GP as it could be a growth, infection, or something else. This Q&A on the NHS website is packed with handy information.
Is it normal to cry for no apparent reason?
Throughout puberty your hormones will be bouncing up and down, constantly out of balance, and this can cause a range of emotional responses - including crying for what seems like no reason! This will usually eventually settle, but if you are concerned that there may be a more serious underlying issue such as anxiety or depression, you could speak to a person you trust about your concerns, your GP, or the Samaritans.
Is it normal to hear voices?
Experiencing an internal dialogue with yourself is completely normal, but if you find that you start to have a lot of negative thoughts, then you may want to seek support - the link at the end of this article will direct you to where you can find help. Hearing voices that don't actually exist but feel incredibly real may be associated with a mental health disorder, most commonly schizophrenia. Schizophrenia is rare, but can happen to anyone at any stage in life, sometimes after a particularly traumatic experience. Visit your GP and talk it through - they will be able to advise on how to manage it. This page with information on hearing voices and experiencing hallucinations may be useful.
Is it normal that I am 17 and haven't kissed anyone yet?
Everyone is different and there is no right and wrong when it comes to what age you decide to have a relationship or sexual experience with someone else, as long as you are over the age of consent. Don't overthink it - your time will come!
If you would like more advice or support on any of the subjects mentioned above, and more, check out the Channel 4 support page.