A-Z of sex word meaning

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Absorbent cotton tubes a woman puts inside her vagina when she's having a period to absorb menstrual blood.


Another word for an abortion. An operation to end a pregnancy.


The two balls under a man's penis where sperm is produced.


A male hormone produced in the testicles.

The Pill

The common name for the contraceptive pill. The pill is taken every day and stops a girl from becoming pregnant.


A genital infection caused by a fungus. Boys and girls can get thrush, but it's more common for girls. It causes soreness and itching in the genital area.

Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)

Toxic Shock Syndrome or TSS used to be associated with tampons, but doctors now think it could be caused by a number of things including diaphragms (caps). TSS is rare but serious and causes high fever, faintness and muscle problems.


A sexually transmitted infection (also known as T.V.). It can cause green, frothy discharge in girls and green or oblique/yellow discharge, similar to Gonorrhoea in boys. It is easily treated.

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