Puberty 101

Information on puberty

Growing up is a wonderful experience, but sometimes it can get a little tough, especially when kids enter puberty. Puberty is the period over which girls and boys mature into adults, and while it can sometimes be an awkward experience, teen puberty is something everybody has to deal with.

Most schools provide puberty education to students as they mature, but it's worth making sure that your child has the resources available to learn about the stages of puberty, as well as the signs and symptoms that he or she may encounter.

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Male Puberty

There are many signs of puberty in boys. They'll get taller and their muscle density will increase. Their voice will deepen and they might develop some zits. In puberty boys will also grow facial and body hair. All of this may occur at different times as boys mature into adults.

Puberty for boys can be a funny time. In puberty male children don't always enjoy what they're going through, and they may not realize that the symptoms they experience are normal for everybody. Boys puberty is famous for occasionally having some pretty embarrassing symptoms, like voice cracking. But don't worry - it's all just part of growing up.

Female Puberty

In puberty girls may experience some of the same symptoms that boys do - they'll get taller, and their bodies will mature. But girls puberty is also very different. As young women enter sexual maturity, they begin their periods. This is a stage that every girl will go through, but it can still be traumatic, so it's worth talking with your daughter about it before it happens. Make sure she's not surprised by any of the changes happening in her body. Also make sure she has the resources available to learn more about female puberty, whether they are books, Internet sources, the family doctor or nurse or even an older sibling, cousin or close friend.

Puberty in girls typically takes place earlier than in boys, so girls may experience a growth spurt before the boys in their class. Don't worry, this is perfectly normal.

Every Body Is Different

Some young adults may encounter early puberty, and some may not experience puberty stages until well into their teens. This is rarely cause for serious concern. Everyone's internal clock is different, and while precocious puberty is normal for some people, delayed puberty is perfectly normal for others. Whatever rate your body develops at, it is important to be open and honest with your family physician or other medical professional about the changes that have or haven't occurred in your body. He or she will best be able to determine what is normal in your particular circumstance.