What is it?
Our brains release hormones that tell our body it is time to change. This happens over a few years, not overnight, so you may not even notice the changes happening!
Some changes are the same for boys and girls:
- Growing taller.
- Hair in ‘funny places’ – under your arms and between your legs… eurgh!
- Sweat more. Yes, that means a wash, shower or bath every day!
- Greasier skin. You might even get a few spots – do not squeeze these as it makes them worse. Just remember to have a wash every day.
- Greasier hair. You may start to notice that you will need to wash your hair more often. Do not forget to also check for those annoying little head lice once a week.
- Mixed up feelings and mood changes… happy, sad, grumpy, tearful, angry, fed up, confused, excited. These are all normal feelings – it is just your “puberty brain” getting used to a brand new you!
- Sexual feelings. You might start to ‘fancy’ others.
Some changes only happen to girls and some only to boys.
Changes for Girls
- Body becomes curvy and hips widen.
- Breasts start to grow.
- Periods (menstruation) starts.
Changes for Boys
- Shoulders get wider.
- Muscles get bigger and stronger.
- Hair starts to grow on your face and chest.
- Your voice will start to change. This may sound squeaky some days and on other days quite deep.
- Penis gets larger!
- Testicles get larger and start to produce sperm.
Finally, do not be afraid to ask questions. To find out more speak to your parent/carer, school nurse or teacher.