Girls and Puberty
It doesn't happen overnight, but there are a lot of changes that happen during puberty, boobs, periods and crushes on people we may or may not even like are just a part of it.
Puberty is the bridge between being a girl and becoming a woman. It is a time filled with physical and emotional growth and changes to prepare the body to potentially have a baby. Puberty starts with the release and production of different sex hormones in your body. For girls, this hormone is called oestrogen.
Hair Growth: Hair begins to grow in new places: under the arms and in the pubic area (on and around the genitals). Also, hair on the arms and legs may grow longer, darker, and thicker.
Body Odour: Some girls may find that, with puberty, their underarms emit an unpleasant smell. This smell can be controlled by washing often and using deodorant - If you also find a lot of sweat make sure you use an anti-perspirant deodorant to control the wetness.
Acne, or pimples: Acne is triggered by puberty hormones, and usually appears on the face, but can also appear on the upper chest and upper back. Acne can usually be kept under control by simply keeping clean, but a GP can help with particularly bad cases of acne. The one good thing about acne is that it usually clears up by the end of adolescence.
Along with all these physical changes, a girl also changes a lot internally and emotionally. A young girl can become anxious or insecure about the way she looks because her appearance has changed drastically in a very short amount of time. A girl going through puberty is also dealing with identity and what it means to be an individual person, distinct from everyone else. All of these emotional changes can cause a young girl to be very sensitive and easily upset over little things.
It is important for young people to remember that each person is unique and develops physically and emotionally in their own way and in their own time. Because of this, young people should not get down on themselves or tease others for developing ‘too fast’ or ‘too slowly’.
Puberty can be a hard time for many young people, but the most important things to remember is that there is no right or wrong way to look or develop - the most important thing is to feel comfortable in your own skin.