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September 24th, 2009
Melanie, 17
Melanie, 17
Melanie, 17, France

Hygiene issues

I've been told that I "smell" down there. An ex-boyfriend told me this. Then he dumped me several weeks later. I was horrified and embarrassed, as you can imagine. Though maybe he was just trying to make me feel bad. I stopped letting boys touch me because I was afraid they'd think I was a skunk or something. It really stung. How unsensitive can you be? I mean, I never told him how HE smelled. When I went to the gynecologist, I told her about my worries. She checked. But there was no infection or something. She told me that everyone smells different, not bad necessarily. After a while, if you love someone, you would love how they smelled too. So probably my ex and I never really loved each other, after all.
September 23rd, 2009
Jeroen, 20
Jeroen, 20
Jeroen, 20, Netherlands

Not worth it

At a friend's birthday party, I got completely sloshed and drank way too much alcohol. My girlfriend was out of town that weekend and…I took the opportunity to flirt some with the girls around me. I swear I had no intention of hooking up, just to have fun. A girl I used to have a crush on started coming onto me hard that night. We were just fooling around, and one thing led to another, I guess. There was some oral contact. Now my girlfriend says she's finally ready to have sex with me. I feel like hell. I don't know whether I should tell her about the hook up (she definitely won't want to have sex with me then) or if I should just keep it my secret? Worse, she wants to get tested and I'm afraid I might have gotten something from this girl...I've never hooked up with anyone else.
September 23rd, 2009
Jenn, 19
Jenn, 19
Jenn, 19, USA

Late period nightmare

My period was late. Hell! I can't tell you how many times I googled "pregnancy symptoms" and "early pregnancy". I stayed up all night to make sure that the areolas around my nipples hadn't darkened. My stomach hurt. I wondered whether I was pregnant, or just so stressed out. The thing is, I had slipped up and had a one-night stand with an older guy. Neither of us used protection. I was freaking out. You see lots of things disappear -- friends, partying, university, future careers like mine to be a fashion designer -- but the worst for me was imagining my father's reaction. He would hate me. No really, I mean, HATE me. You probably already know the end of this story, but I lucked out and wasn't pregnant after all. It was just a typical, late period. I swear, I'm not leaving things to chance anymore. That`s just not worth it.