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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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help

hi! can someone help me? basically my actual nipples are like changing shapes all the time but i don’t have any breast whatsoever. i’m 12 years old and it hurts if i touch them. can someone help me pls? thank you so much x

Happy

hi everyone! so my story: i’m currently 12 years old and i’ve barely noticed any changes whatsoever. I have a condition called ulcerative colitis, which can in some cases stunt growth and puberty. that happened to me 😊. so i know what all you late bloomers are going through, and honestly, just be proud of your body. you may see your friends changing much earlier than you, and that’s fine! just you do you and your time will come. if you don’t notice any changes at all by around the age of 13, you might want to talk to your GP about it. i hope this helped and have a good day x

Hi

I’ve gone through most of this stuff like periods bras and stuff tho I’m quite young but I still feel like I’ve not grown that much and I’m one of the shortest in my class i think idk if it’s just bc I’m the youngest or whatever I don’t know

Sunset galaxy dragon

This was v useful!!!

Monkey 77

I'm experiencing some of these. I am SOOO emotional these days. Is this normal? I don't have anything like my period or bigger boobs or hairy armpits but ita coming slowly. I'm 11 and I just want to say, you may think your alone bur their is always someone you can talk to. Keep safe, keep healthy Byeeeee xx

Little Miss Helpmeplease

This website is really helpful . Thank you,your amazing!

Um...

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

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