FAQs On Puberty And Growing Up
What is Puberty?
Puberty is a time when your body begins to transform. You start becoming more like an adult.
When does puberty begin?
These changes usually begin as early as 8 years old or maybe as late as 13 years old. Puberty begins when the brain sends certain signals to specific parts of the body to begin to change, transform or grow. These signals are referred to as hormones. Hormones are chemicals which control body functions.
What are the changes that occur during puberty?
During puberty, following changes are caused by the hormones:
- bigger Breasts
- growth Spurt
- wider Hips
- adult Body odor
- the growth of Pubic hair
- oily skin
- acne or pimples
How will my breasts change?
As your breasts begin to develop, the areas around your nipples will swell up. The breasts grow fuller and rounder. One breast may look a little bigger than the other. They can also feel sore sometimes. This is perfectly normal.
Will my hips grow bigger?
More curves begin to appear along you pelvic region. Your hips become wider. Your buttocks will be rounded, while your thigh will grow bigger. This will definitely attract more guys to you. Your ovaries and womb will also grow bigger in preparation for pregnancy.
Will I grow more body Hair?
Hair will start growing under your armpit and along your private parts. It may extend along your vaginal lining but not inside. The hair is usually soft at first but later becomes longer and curly. You may need to start shaving to maintain a healthy hygiene. Roll-ons can also be used to smell good.
Will my skin secrete more oil?
During puberty, you begin to glow. The skin in response to this secretes more oil, most especially on your face. Wash your face regularly to remove clogged pores so as not to cause spots (acne).
I sweat more, should I be worried?
As your body continues to transform, you will begin to sweat more. Your sweat glands are becoming larger and more active. Remember to have your bath regularly. You can use body spray or deodorants to prevent body odor. Asides this, vaginal fluids may also be released to cleanse the vagina.
What is acne?
Acne occurs as a result of overactive glands in the skin. During puberty, the glands secrete extra oil (sebum) which can clog the skin pores. Wash your face regularly and avoid skin care products that irritate or dry your skin.
Why am I experiencing mood swings?
As you enter puberty stage, you experience more emotional distress. This is normal. You are becoming more sensitive about everything going on around you. Unnecessary anxiety, heightened emotions, feeling awkward at times are some of the things that may be experienced at this stage.
What is menstruation?
At puberty, there may be monthly blood flow through the vagina as a result of unfertilized egg. This is known as menstruation. Menstruation begins in most girls between the ages of 12 and 14. Some may begin earlier or later.