Puberty means that your body is going through changes as you become an adult and is a great sign that your body is healthy, functioning, and maturing as normal.
The average puberty age starts at around 10 years, you’ll start noticing changes in your body or you might just feel different. That’s puberty - everyone goes through it. Some of the changes your body experiences will be more exciting than others – but they’re all part of becoming an adult.
Usually, the most common age for puberty to end is at around 14 years, but again, the age range can be different for different people. There are many different signs that suggest you may be going through puberty. Just remember – everyone’s experience will be different.
Common signs of puberty:
- Hair starts to grow in your armpits and pubic region
- Height and weight increasing
- Breasts getting bigger (usually breasts start to grow 18 months before first period)
- Sweat and body smells becoming more noticeable
Also in these common signs of puberty is the possibility that your menstrual cycle will be starting soon.
How to deal with puberty changes:
- Ask a lot of questions
- Respect your body
- Accept your body
- Talk to a trusted adult
- Be patient with your parents/guardians
Social & Emotional Changes:
If you are going through puberty, your body is probably changing in more ways than you even realise. With your hormones changing, you might experience some mood swings, or you may feel like you aren’t in control of your emotions. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one feeling this way. You might also feel more sensitive and self-conscious about your body because of all the physical changes you are experiencing. Growing into an adult can be hard and confusing – but the growth period doesn’t last forever.
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.