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Puberty is the time when your body changes from a child's to an adult's.

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.
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Did You Know?
Nurse holding image Puberty happens to girls and boys between the ages of eight to 16 years and is nothing to worry about.

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.

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Activity Zakk Remember puberty happens to everyone, even your parent/carer! Why not ask them if they have photos of themselves as children before they went through puberty so you can see how they changed?
Riddle me this!
Which of the following only happens to girls during puberty?
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Everyone is different so do not worry if your friends have started to change and you have not.
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