Body changes during puberty
The first steps toward womanhood
What is puberty?
At some point between the ages of 8 and 14, your body will start undergoing many physical changes. This transformation is known as puberty. Puberty is an essential part of becoming a woman and it happens to every girl… but just not at the same pace.
What is delayed puberty?
In some girls, the first sign of puberty does not appear by age 14. This is called delayed puberty. Its cause is mainly hereditary, but can also result from stress, illness or bad eating habits. Don’t be embarrassed if your girlfriends have started puberty and you haven’t. It’s all about the perfect timing for you.
How does puberty affect me?
As you grow into a young woman, your whole body changes. You become taller, curvier and heavier! The first change you will probably notice is your breast development - but that’s not always the case: Some girls grow breasts as early as 9 years, while others as late as 15 years. Gradually, you will see hair growing in new places. Your body starts to sweat more, your skin becomes oilier and pimples make their appearance.
Generally, 2 to 3 years after the first signs of puberty appear, you can expect your first period. This natural phenomenon is often eagerly awaited. At this point, your body officially becomes that of a woman. You are now able to conceive a child.
Puberty also affects your emotions…
A little girl? Not anymore. A woman? Well… not quite yet! Adolescence is that weird phase between puberty and maturity, where your body slowly turns into that of a woman. It’s only normal that this great physical transformation brings significant psychological changes: you become more emotionally mature and your personality starts to take shape.
At times, you will experience feelings you don’t understand. You may switch from being cheerful to being angry, aggressive or sad, for no reason. Don’t worry. These feelings are natural, and are part of something called Pre-Menstrual Syndrome or PMS. Click here to know more about PMS and learn useful tips to feel better during that time of the month.
- Pubertal changes are perfectly natural. They are simply part of growing up!
- Don’t compare yourself to your girlfriends. Every girl lives this experience differently.
- During this time, you need to take care of your body and keep it fresh and clean at all times. Click here to discover the secrets to living fresh and enjoying life with utmost confidence.