Puberty 101

Everyone has their own experience with puberty. It's a great idea to get the facts and stuff. you know what to expect.

So, What to expect?

Puberty is a normal part of growing up, and it can affect you in different ways. It can be scary not knowing what to expect, especially when people might say different things about what happens during puberty. Find out the top 8 facts about puberty.

BEING PREPARED FOR PUBERTY

Puberty can start at different ages - usually between 8 and 13 if you’re a girl and 9 and 14 if you’re a boy. Everyone starts puberty at different times. It’s completely normal to start before or after your friends. It’s okay to talk to your doctor or an adult you trust if you’re worried about puberty starting earlier or later.

one will go through a ton of changes during puberty and some changes are more noticeable than others. It can take up to 4 years for all the changes to happen but sometimes it’s fast.

SPOTS & ACNE ARE NORMAL 

 It’s normal to get spots and blackheads during puberty and one might have acne. Spots and acne are caused by your hormones, not by being dirty or not washing. One's hormones may make them sweat more too.

BODY SHAPE CHANGES

One of the first things you might notice during puberty is that your body shape starts to change.

Girls will start to develop breasts and your hips will grow rounder. It’s normal to put on some weight and to grow a bit taller during puberty

Boys will go through a growth spurt and become taller during puberty as well as becoming more muscular.

one might have food cravings as your body adapts to all the changes. Girls often put on a little weight and feel uncomfortable and bloated few days before your period.

ONE MAY HAVE MOOD SWINGS

Mood swings is a common part of puberty. one might feel like they can’t control their feelings, like feeling happy or positive one minute and irritable, angry or tearful the next.

ONE MAY GET CRUSHES

Having a crush on someone is a normal part of puberty and growing up. It’s when one feel strongly attracted to someone and you might think about them a lot and imagine being together or having a relationship with them.

MASTURBATION IS NATURAL

Both girls and boys masturbate and it's completely natural.

Masturbation is when you touch your body and your genitals because it feels good or pleasurable. You can make yourself orgasm or 'come' by doing this. It's a way of discovering your body, how it makes you feel and what kind of things make you feel good during sex. It's a normal part of life. It’s ok to masturbate in private if you want to and it’s not something to be ashamed of.

ONE MAY COMPARE ONESELF WITH OTHERS

Comparing one to friends is normal sometimes but puberty is an individual journey and your body will develop at its own pace.

One may feel unsure, confused or insecure when so many changes happen at the same time. It can help to talk to your friends about their experiences as one go through puberty together.

GROWING PUBIC AND BODY HAIR

Most people grow pubic and body hair and some people grow more hair than others.

One can decide whether to remove your pubic or body hair. It’s up to them what feels right for them and no one should pressure you to either remove it or to leave it.

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