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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!



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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.


78% of girls admit feeling
worried about
starting their 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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Hi I really recommend the book "you got this " by Bryony Gordon. It is such a good book and really inspirational. Covers puberty, body confidence, self esteem and more and really made me feel empowered and better about myself. Definitely check it out! Have a great day guys. X


I started puberty when I was 8 actually, I noticed a tiny bit of hair down there. Then I noticed my boobs growing at 10, I had discharge when I turned 12 and had my first period when I was 13. Now I'm 14 :D Seriously tho vaginas are so high maintenance lol ;p .


I'm the youngest in my family, with no sisters, and three older brothers. And I have more hair under my armpits than they do. Awkward.... :/


I started puberty when I was 10 and I just had my first period at 13. Everyone is different and that's okay :)


I really wish I found out about this website before or when I got my period cos i found it 2 years after ;-;. I got all the signs of my period when I was 9 and i got my period at 11, now I'm 13


When my younger sister saw me with boobs and pubes for the first time she had a lot of questions plus I think she was amazed at how my body looked different to hers.


I am twelve in a week and I have big tits, pubic hair down below, hair under my arms that I shave, I am five foot and Severn inches, I have vaginal discharge but although I have these things, I have not had a period. My auntie got her period when she was Severn.


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