For most females, puberty is an ocean of uncharted waters, including, growth spurts, breast development and finding hair in new places. Not to worry, everyone goes through puberty (a fancy word for “your body is growing up”) and chances are, all your friends are just as curious as you are. So here’s an idea of what’s going to happen to your body (all ages are approximate because everyone is different):
Breasts begin growing: 8 to 13
Pubic hair shows up: 7 to 14
Growth spurts: 9.5 to 14 1/2
First period: 10 to 16 1/2
Underarm hair: two years after pubic hair
Acne: around the same time as underarm hair
First, the flat area around the nipple (areola) enlarges and breast tissue forms under the nipple. Your breasts may look or feel uneven, lumpy, or pointy, but this is all a part of the process. Breast size varies widely, and many have one breast that is larger than the other. Give your breasts some time– they will grow on you :)
Pubic hair starts growing along the vaginal lips and becomes darker and coarser over time, growing like an inverted triangle. The hair might spread to the insides of your thighs as well.
During puberty, you can expect to grow about 3 1/2 inches a year! The reason you may feel uncoordinated is because your head, hands, and feet are the first things to grow, followed by your arms and legs and torso/shoulders. Weight gain is perfectly normal. In fact, without gaining weight, you cannot develop breasts, grow taller, or get your first period.
Sweat and Acne
Your sweat and oil glands start developing once your underarm hair starts coming in. The oil in the glands can cause acne if the glands get clogged. To avoid acne breakouts, wash your face twice a day and shower every day with soap and water. Wearing deodorant every day will help with sweat and body odor.
Wow, puberty sounds like a crazy time! But we have only covered the changes of which you are going to be aware. Your body is beautiful and is going through so many changes that are preparing you to be the strong, confident, and beautiful woman you were made to be! So open up to your girlfriends, talk about the changes, keep some supplies in your locker, and we will be here to answer your questions along the way!
Thanks to: Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Livestrong.com for the information for this article.