Although most girls will go through puberty between the ages of 8 and 15, every person is different. Some girls will start to notice changes earlier than others, and everyone’s body will change in different ways.

You will begin to see lots of changes during puberty, including some of these:

Development of breasts- You may begin to notice that your breasts are growing and changing in shape. Breasts begin with a small lump under the nipple called a breast bud. Some girls may experience one breast growing faster than the other. This is normal and will even become less noticeable in time. It is important to remember that all girls will experience growth of their breasts at different times.

Menstrual flow- Puberty is a time when girls begin their menstrual cycle, or monthly period. Each month, an ovary releases an egg, which travels through the fallopian tubes and into the uterus. The uterus creates a lining of blood and tissue that would nourish a fertilized egg; if the egg is not fertilized, the body will shed this lining through the vagina. Periods can last anywhere from 2 to 7 days, and may be accompanied by cramping, bloating, and changes in mood.

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