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How does my
body change
during puberty?

#askvicki , #bodychanges, #breastbuds, #development, #discharge, #puberty

‘Puberty’ can arrive as early as 8 for some girls, which can be really confusing as you might wonder what's happening to you and why.

Well, these changes occur when chemicals in your body called hormones cause changes to your physical, emotional and sexual development.

There are lots of changes you may start noticing:

  • Hair in places that you’re not used to (under your arms and between your legs)
  • Your breasts start to become fuller
  • Your body may develop curves
  • You may sweat more
  • The skin on your face may get a bit oilier, which can lead to spots or black heads
  • Your hair may also become greasier
  • You may start to notice a change to your moods; one minute happy the next sad
  • AND you'll get your first period!

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What
happens
to how I’m
feeling?

#feelings

Not so easy to spot as the physical changes, but your emotions may be on a rollercoaster too. You might:

  • Find you’re happy one minute then burst into tears the next.
  • Be extra sensitive to comments made by your family.
  • Be anxious about how you look or self-conscious about how you behave in front of others.
  • Argue with your parents a lot.
  • Start to see others as more than just friends.

DID YOU KNOW:

94% of us worry, or
have worried about
odour or feeling
fresh down there.

How do I deal with this?

#puberty

If this sounds familiar then make sure you're being nice to yourself! If you’re feeling self-conscious, it’s perfectly normal. Don’t beat yourself up about it and maybe chat to your friends and family about your feelings so they can support you and understand.

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Boys are going
through the
same thing

#boys, #puberty

They’ll be going through big changes too, such as growing chest hair and gaining a more muscular physique. Their voices change too and sometimes quite noticeably. They can find it quite embarrassing going from high pitched one minute to quite deep the next!

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Comments

Mermaid girl

I'm only ten and I started my puberty when I was 8 and now I have the white slime stuff in my pants I don't where my pads yet but I'm going to talk to my mum when she is free. I feel like I've already started because I get really sad and then I'm happy and I have as much as you said on here. I'm scared because I have had the white slime for a few months now.

Izzy x

I need to ask my mom for a shaver how can I , I’m really worried? At the moment I get a clean one out of the cupboard and rinse it with water and start shaving but I really want my own. Please can you help and give ideas to what I can say. I would really appreciate it. From izzy x

Unicorn153

How come boys start puberty after girls?

Sophie

I literally cant wait to get my period 😄😁😄😂😂😝😜

Unicorn Punk

Ahh boys may have changes too but not as badly as us 😠😯

Zara

I'm 9 and turning 10 in November but I have hair and sometimes I carry around a pad so all u girls around even if don't thing u are going to start your period end day just still carry around a pad is u haven't had yore period before and many a tampon if u have started 😜

Period girl

Puberty is nothing to be worried about it can be awkward especially if you start your period at school if this happens to you then here's what to do if you weren't expecting your period any time soon and it came you can ither ask a friend or go to a teacher or go to the school office and if you are expecting your first period then you should consider having a period kit for school and maybe even get a starter pack to carry around school if you start your period at home tell whoever cares for you if you have any further questions about periods then take a look at the advice blogs witch are amazing and go to the lil lets ask vicki a question about becoming a teen.

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