During puberty, as you move from a child to an adult, your body will start to go through many physical changes. Some you will welcome, and others you may not enjoy as much. There is no set script when it comes to physical changes during puberty for females. Puberty is different for everyone, and different people develop at different stages. One of the first signs of puberty in females is breast development. But do not stress about it too much, there is no exact ‘female puberty chart and each female develops in her own time. For example, you might develop breasts at a different time to your best friend, or even the females in the years above or below you at school.
Here are 15 signs that will help you know if you are going through puberty:
- Puberty causes rapid growth in height and weight increases
- Breasts grow during puberty (not always at the same rate) and nipples stand out
- Puberty can cause pimples. A real bummer, we know! They will appear on the face because of increased oil production
- Sweat and body odours become more noticeable (so get some nice smelling deodorant from your local supermarket)
- Hair starts to grow under the arms and around the pubic area
- Hair on arms and legs gets thicker and darker
- Hips widen during puberty and your body may become more curvy
- Genitals become darker in colour and fleshier
- Vaginal discharge becomes more noticeable (Kotex® Everyday Liners are perfect to help you with this)
- The ovaries enlarge and hormone production begins
- Puberty is when your periods will usually start (menstruation is the technical term), and they are likely to be irregular at first
- Puberty can cause PMS as well
- Sexual desires develop
- Your feelings may become unbalanced and mood swings can occur
- You might feel a little more tired than usual
You might be overwhelmed from reading all about these puberty changes. We know that sounds like a lot, but it is all part of becoming a young woman.
The advice provided in this material is general in nature and is not intended as medical advice. If you need medical advice, please consult your health care professional.