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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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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.


One breast often grows
before the other...and
even when fully grown,
no two breasts
are identical!

How do I deal with this?


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.


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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J Jay

I've had a covering of light colour fuzz down there for ages and now it's getting darker. At first I thought it was just me hoping but my mum says it’s not my imagination, she can see it’s darker and a lot more hair now.

Mail Me

My little sis is 8 and she's started puberty. We share a room so I've seen she's growing pubic hair and has tiny booblets so I gave her some of my old bras which she loves wearing. I have shown her this website which is 👍.


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layaney xx

Hey! I'm 12 years old an I have got pubic hair and breast buds and dishcharge but all things I have had for 2 years and I haven't got boobs or my period yet. my friend had discharge for one month and then got her period. and all my friends boobs are bigger than mine, it makes me conscious. xxx

Reply to nothing

Hi, I don't think you need to wear a pad just yet, instead you might be better off wearing a liner for now but keep some pads with you as well in case you start.


I am 12 and I got pubic hair when I was 7-8 but then armpit hair when I was 11. I have had lots of discharge for about 3 months now..... should I start wearing pads incase my period comes unexpectedly??????

Reply to portia

I started getting pubic hair between ages 11 and 12 and I would say I went from being bare to having a bush about a year or so after it started it growing. My younger sister is 10 and she already has pubes! it seemed like hers grew a lot quicker.I remember seeing her naked when she was bare and then practically a few months later I saw her naked again and all of a sudden she had a bush lol


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