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Tags: Getting Help, My Body

Dear Auntie, what are you grateful for this year?

I love this question! In reflecting back on this crazy year, one thing that stuck with me was when we first started hearing and preparing for COVID, I, probably alongside most of the world, was looking at the world infection maps. Maps that showed varying sizes of red dots indicating how many cases each country had. Over the course of…

Dear Auntie, I’m still a virgin but my boyfriend isn’t. We’ve been together for a long time and I think I’m ready, but I’m scared. What do I do? Will it hurt? How do I prepare myself?

Hey there, I’m so glad you wrote in. It’s normal to feel excited or anxious when thinking about having sex for the first time. Just remember that there’s no right or wrong time to start having sex – it varies for each person. A good first step is to talk about it with your boyfriend. It’s really important that you…

Dear Cousin Lael, my family is really opposed to getting the flu shot because they think they’ll get sick and that the government is trying to dope them. What do I say to them?

Well, I totally get where your family is coming from. The US government has a history of being very violent towards tribes and Native communities, including when it comes to medicine and health care. What you can say to your family to explain the flu shot is that this year especially it is important to get flu shots because it…

How can I find information on menstrual cycles?

Hi there! Happy to help connect you with some info. You can find more information on common questions on puberty by going to We R Native’s website and in the coming of age section. In some Tribal teachings the menstrual cycle is referred to as your ‘moon cycle’ or ‘moon time’. It is considered to be an incredibly powerful time…

I’m about 4’11-5ft tall i’ve been trying to lose weight for a long time i weigh about 180-220 I’ve done sports all my life yet still the weight won’t come off I’m only 13 will i grow into it?

This is a very important question. You cannot get the full picture of your health by looking at weight or a single point on a growth chart. Children’s bodies change as they grow, throughout childhood and you may experience “growth spurt” (periods of fast growth). What is important right now is to not just look at your weight, but look…
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