What is it?
Our brains release hormones that tell the body it is time to start changing. 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
- Sweating 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.
- 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!
- Feeling differently towards others. You might start to ‘fancy’ people.
Some changes only happen to girls and some only to boys.
Changes for Girls
- Body becomes curvier and hips widen
- Breasts start to grow
- Periods (menstruation) start
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. It may sound squeaky some days and on other days quite deep
- Penis gets larger
- Testicles get larger and start to produce sperm
Do not be afraid to ask questions. Talk to your parent/carer, school nurse or teacher.