reproductive system health

keeping the reproductive system healthy

As was discussed in previous concepts, both infectious and noninfectious diseases of the reproductive system can be very serious. But there are ways to keep your reproductive system healthy. What can you do to keep your reproductive system healthy? You can start by making the right choices for overall good health. To be as healthy as you can be, you should: Eat a balanced diet that is high in fiber and low in fat. Drink plenty of water. Get regular exercise. Maintain a healthy weight. Get enough sleep. Avoid using tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs. Manage stress in healthy ways. Keeping your genitals clean is also very important. A daily shower or bath is all that it takes. Females do not need to use special feminine hygiene products. In fact, using them may do more harm than good because they can irritate the vagina or other reproductive structures. You should also avoid other behaviors that can put you at risk. Do not get into contact with another persons blood or other body fluids. For example, never get a tattoo or piercing unless you are sure that the needles have not been used before. This is one of the most important ways to prevent an STI. Of course, the only way to be fully protected against STIs is to refrain from sexual activity. If you are a boy, you should always wear a protective cup when you play contact sports. Contact sports include football, boxing, and hockey. Wearing a cup will help protect the testes from injury. You should also do a monthly self-exam to check for cancer of the testes. If you are a girl and use tampons, be sure to change them every four to six hours. Leaving tampons in for too long can put you at risk of toxic shock syndrome. This is a serious condition. Signs and symptoms of toxic shock syndrome develop suddenly, and the disease can be fatal. The disease involves fever, shock, and problems with the function of several body organs. Girls should also get in the habit of doing a monthly self-exam to check for breast cancer. Although breast cancer is rare in teens, its a good idea to start doing the exam when you are young. It will help you get to know what is normal for you.

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girls should use feminine hygiene products on a regular basis.

a. true

-->  b. false

a daily shower or bath protects the reproductive system.

-->  a. true

b. false

girls, do not use tampons for longer than

a) 1 hour.

b) 3 hours.

-->  c) 6 hours.

d) 10 hours.

girls should perform monthly self-exams to check for

-->  a) breast cancer.

b) stis.

c) toxic shock syndrome.

d) all of the above

a balanced diet is

a) high in fat and low in fiber.

b) high in fiber and low in protein.

-->  c) high in fiber and low in fat.

d) high in protein and low in fiber.

to be as healthy as you can be, you should

a) get enough sleep.

b) avoid tobacco and alcohol.

c) exercise on a regular basis.

-->  d) all of the above

it is recommended that boys were a protective cup while playing

a) football, baseball, and golf.

-->  b) football, boxing, and hockey.

c) football, hockey, and skiing.

d) football, boxing and wrestling.

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