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How does my
body change
during puberty?

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‘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!



to how I’m


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.


You can go
swimming on
your period

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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I have started getting tiny hairs on my nipples but nothing I worry about as I shave them off. When I hit puberty, one day I didn't have hair around my kitty (I used to wear Hello Kitty knickers, so that's what I called my V, lol) and the next time I looked down there, I was covered with it. so it happens quickly.


My little sister (9) is now going through puberty. We share bedrooms so she's seen me go through it and how my body has changed and she was a lot younger then and she teased me but now it's my turn hahaha!. We've have talked about puberty many times so getting boobs and pubes was no shock for her. She hasn't started her periods yet, I've shown her how to use pads and tampons and she knows where I keep my supplies and she can use what she wants. I'm just trying to be there for her and she knows she can ask me about anything. CarlaXX


I am hating the extra weight and the hair is just disturbing. I want it to go away!


I don't get it! I was skinny untill I hit the age of 13. Then I started developing layers of extra fat in my belly and thighs. Why did it happen? Will it go away?

Love Bunny.

started getting breast buds about two months before turning nine, I remember they were sore and told my mum and she said I was probably starting to get boobs and for my ninth bday I got some bras, they were a size 28a and boy did I feel grown up lol. At the age of ten I started to develop more, moved up to a 30b bra, had a wild pubic hair growth spurt followed by the beginning of vaginal discharge. I wasn't worried about the changes, I mentioned to my mum that I had started to get this whitish stuff, my mum had a chat about periods and bought me pantyliners to wear. I finally got my period when I was eleven.

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


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