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Episode Guide

Am I Normal?

First Broadcast on Tuesday 28th October 2008, 9pm Channel 4
Repeated Wednesday 15th July 2009, 8pm Channel 4

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The Embarrassing Bodies doctors are returning to meet some of the teenagers who they last met in the Summer of 2008 to see whether they have overcome their embarrassment.

This weeks episode seeks to answer the burning question on the lips of teenagers and their parents when dealing with puberty – ‘Am I Normal?’

The docs are hitting the beach at Weston-Super-Mare, where a host of hormone-fuelled teenagers are having puberty wreak havoc with their bodies. The docs are setting up their clinic in the heart of the festival, leaving our teens with no place to hide!

Bed-wetting

But first on Dr Christian’s rounds is a family of four bed-wetting boys, who have put-up with their embarrassing problem for long enough. Now aged between 16 and 22, the brothers are entering adulthood and seeking to put their shame to bed.

Dr Pixie meets 19-year-old mum Carly, whose teenage pregnancy has left her with a bouncing baby boy, but also a badly stretched and saggy stomach. Unable to cope with her extra weight any longer, Dr Pixie refers Carly for a tummy tuck, but the operation is not without risks.

Tummy-tuck

Meanwhile Dr Dawn is far from red faced when discussing periods with Milton Keynes’ Iced Gem cheerleaders, though she has some surprises in store when she asks them to guess the average amount of blood they lose during their monthly menstrual cycle…

The onset of this cycle came as a big shock to 13 year-old Hayley, who began puberty at only 3 years old – a condition called precocious puberty

Eczema

Also through the clinic doors is eczema sufferer Claudia, who’s hoping that Dr Dawn can help her get control of the condition that is controlling her life. And she’s not the only one with a troublesome condition. Dr Pixie meets 19-year-old Charlotte, whose dream job as an airline stewardess has been grounded by a bad case of hyperhidrosis that leaves her clothes soaking.

Ear damage

In a packed episode there is still plenty of time for the docs to hand out some advice on infected piercings, as well as to launch their teenage hearing campaign – encouraging teens to wear ear-plugs to avoid damage that could leave them with severe tinnitus in later life.

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Cosmetic Surgeon – Alex Karidis
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Hi,I'm a 16 yr old dude and I have ppp…what can I do? Also I'm quite hairy' down there'…more so than others I believe …any tips? My size is average too…





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Hi, my head is a lot smaller than my body. Literally looks like a pingpong ball on my shoulders! is this normal ?





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I'm 14 and I haven't got like devolved boobs yet, my nipples aren't changing colour or the shapes I've seen and they are small but not flat... Will they grow should I see a doctor about my nipples, I get sore boobs and have my period and have had it since I was 12...?





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Im a 52 year female, have High Blood Pressure.:diabetic/low thyroid/..my ankles/feet swell.l recently found out I have Renal a Failure, I've been taking Prednisone..Its bad for me..I know.but a yr later.idk? . Y didn't doc say that,.my puffy face..I look so ugly cause from retaining a lot of fluid,.prednisone does that.its just ugly..My hip hurts so bad...the worse pain I've ever had, flector patches helps w/ pain in hip.. i take nothing else for pain.. so many different answers,from doctors. Y do I sweat like that, only on my Head? Y does my hip hurt so bad to where it goes down big toe..I'm in so much pain..I'm crying my eyes out, almost 24/7. can anyone help me please..Y am I sweating so bad..y does my hip hurt so bad.. I'm a mess.. .Anyone care to answe .. You have my number. I





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I'm 13 and I have these sorta stretch marks all over my upper leg and bottom sides of my waist...it makes me extremely insecure





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I'm 13 and I got my first period when I was 12. I've always had cramps, but this month they're really bad, a lot worse than usual. I noticed when I finish eating a meal they're worse for like half an hour. Is this normal or can someone relate to this? Thanks!!





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well thats whats been going on with me i think its Normal and im 14 now and i have had that Since the day i Started my Piriod witch was wheni was 10.

Im 10 my vagina has lots of spots on it and is very itchy what do i do?





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Well, if you shave then it would probably be ingrown hair coming back. If you don't then you should tell your mom or another trusted adult and go to the doc.

don't Panic but if i was you GO and see youre GP/Doctor

hey I have stretch marks on my bum but my mum says there not really bad but when I look in the mirror they look really bad! how do I get rid of them?





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im 17 almost 18 and im concerned about the size of my testicles. They are both smaller than a walnut and in comparison to my penis, even smaller. I feel self conscious and im wondering if this is normal and is there any treatment for this so they will grow bigger?





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hi. im 14 years old ad quite worried on how i look naked. my clitoris sortof hangs/sags. is this normal? thanks





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I have the same, i think its perfectly normal, im pretty sure our bodies will change!


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