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    Puberty

    What you need to know

    Puberty is the process of your body changing from childhood to adolescence to adulthood. Practically this means that girls develop breasts, and start their periods and boys voices drop and they begin to look more like men. Puberty happens at different times for different young people , however it is thought that puberty usually begins at some point between 8-14 years. There are lots of hormonal changes that happen when puberty begins so don't worry if you feel a little different!
    Here are some common signs that you may be starting or going through puberty:

    Girls

    Boys

    Breasts begin to develop

    Testicles and penis grow to be bigger

    Leg and arm hair increases

    Pubic hair becomes thicker

    Pubic hair grows

    Underarm hair grows

    Periods begin

    Voice breaks/drops

    Underarm hair starts to grow

    Boys may notice an increase in spots

    Girls might notice an increase in spots

    Wet dreams (involuntary ejaculations)

    Growth spurt

    Growth spurt

    Body shape change

    Facial hair grows

    Top Tips

    1) Puberty often begins later in boys that girls, don't worry!
    2) Be sure to wash regular as you will sweat more
    3) If you are concerned about your periods speak to a professional
    4) An increase in vaginal discharge is a normal part of puberty
    5) Good hygiene is really important when girls start periods
    6) You can get pregnant if you have sex during your period
    7) If your genital area is itchy or sore this may mean you have an infection- see your GP/sexual health clinic
    8) Be sure to change your period products (tampons/sanitary towels) regularly
    9) Girls, get a supportive bra that fits well
    10) If you are concerned about puberty discuss this with a professional e.g your school nurse/GP/sexual health clinic

    Further info

    There is loads to say about puberty for both boys and girls! For more info see these resources:

    NHS Choices

    Childine- Girls

    Childline- Boys