There are some changes in puberty both girls and boys share.

Here are some of the changes that you’ll see happening in yourself and those around you!

Growth of body hair– Girls may begin to notice body hair growing under their armpits, legs, and in their pubic area. Boys will begin to see growth of body hair on their face, chest, armpits and their genital area.

Growth spurts- You may begin to notice that your body, overall, is growing, and at a fast rate! Girls and boys can expect to have growth spurts for two to three years.  By the end of these growth spurts, most people will have reached their adult height.

Changing shape- During puberty, some people may find that their bodies change shape. For instance, some girls will become curvier and may see their hips becoming wider. Girls will also develop breasts.  Boys may see their shoulders growing larger, their penises growing longer and wider, and their testes becoming bigger.

Sweating- Teens often find that they start sweating more during puberty. You may begin to notice an odor even if you haven’t been physically active.

Change in skin- Some teens may begin to see pimples beginning to appear on their face and body. This is mainly caused by the hormonal changes that happen during puberty. This can be a frustrating part of the teen years, but acne is a normal thing to experience.

Mood swings- Some teens may feel more emotional than they used to as they go through puberty. This is caused by hormonal changes in the body, as well as changes in the way that you and your peers interact with one another. It’s not unusual to have days when you feel sad, irritable, and less confident about yourself. You may also start having more romantic feelings, including attraction and excitement when you’re around someone you really like.

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