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PUBERTY

What is puberty?

Puberty is the period during which you grow from a girl into a woman. You mature physically and emotionally.
You go through major changes during this phase of your life. Your body grows, your period begins and your emotions change. You may sometimes feel sad, confused, or may become very sensitive or moody.
Puberty usually takes place between the ages of 9 and 14 and lasts for up to 6 years.


What causes the changes in my body?

Changes in your body are stimulated by different types of hormones released by your brain. Hormones that are responsible for the physical changes in your body are called growth hormones.
Your body organs grow larger. You become taller and gain weight. Growth hormones have a direct effect on bone growth. This growth surge is one of the major changes your body goes through during puberty.


What happens to my body during puberty?

The time and pace of how you develop is unique to your body. Some of your friends may develop before or after you. But one thing is sure: you will all go through these changes during puberty:
Body growth is one of the first signs of puberty. You grow taller and gain weight.
Hair grows in your pubic area and eventually under your arms and on your legs.
Your body shape becomes more defined as your hips and waist become curvier.
Your period begins. This is when you start using sanitary napkins for protection during your period. You will also experience vaginal discharge. Panty liners, a thinner pad, are ideal for staying clean and fresh.


Why do I get pimples?

During puberty, your skin becomes oilier due to increased hormonal activity. Your glands grow. The oil produced by these glands blocks your skin pores, which causes pimples or acne. Many teenagers get acne, but some cases are more severe than others.


My breasts are not exactly alike. Am I normal?

It’s perfectly normal if your breasts are not exactly the same size. During puberty, one breast usually develops before the other. For this reason, you will always have one breast slightly larger than the other. Don’t worry! This difference is usually so small that it will never be noticed by others.


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