Puberty happens to all of us. Boys and girls go through it in different ways (which makes sense, as our bodies are different) and often at different times; usually after we’re 8 but before we’re 14.
The most important things to know? It’s normal, it’s nothing to be embarrassed about, and we’ve all been through it.
Boys get deeper voices (after they break and wobble for a while); our penis gets bigger; and we become sexually aware – we begin to fancy other people, either of the opposite gender, the same gender, or both,
Girls develop sexual attraction too as their bodies mature. Their hips get wider and their breasts start to grow; they also start producing eggs inside their bodies – these are essential to make babies.
As a teenager, you’re probably going to become interested in sex (some people won’t – they’re called asexual). I’m going to write about this in a separate blog, because it’s important, but when you do have sex, you need to make sure that you’re safe and understand about the age of consent. I’ll talk about this in another blog soon.
When I was a teenager, I got quite a few spots. It was a shock when they appeared, and I hated them, but my mum assured me that it happened to a lot of kids – and she was right, as there were many other kids like me at school. I used a cream to get rid of a lot of them, and they eventually disappeared.
I also started to sweat more as the pores opened up under my arms; I had to make sure I showered regularly and used a nice deodorant to keep myself smelling nice. It was fun to explore different deodorants until I found a couple I liked.
Puberty can take a while to be completely finished, especially with the amount of hormones that flood your body. Hormones are chemical messengers that tell parts of your body what to do; during puberty, they tell your body to start changing into adults. You get a lot of hormones during puberty; they also help cause intense emotions, so life can sometimes feel confusing as you work out what you’re thinking and feeling as your body changes.
But don’t forget; all of this is normal, and it will settle down after a while. Everyone goes through puberty, so you should never feel embarrassed about asking questions. If you’re not sure what’s happening to you, talk to someone you trust, and they will help explain it all to you.