Double Sunrise Young Women's Health: early teen to college years

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Girls' (and boys') Bodies

When a girl is about 8 or 9 years old her body starts changing. At the same time, girls may have changes in thoughts, feelings and ideas about themselves and about those close to you. Girls mature physically, and begin to look more like an adult. This time in a girls' development is called…Puberty.

Everyone grows at different rates...
An important point to remember about puberty, is that every girl grows at a different rate. One girl may get very tall at an early age, and another may develop more curves.

It's a time that girls can really support each other, because it's easy to feel "different" and that can be lonely. A reassuring word from a friend can be the best thing that could happen at such a time.

What causes puberty?
Hormones from different organs within the body cause the changes of puberty. Girls' pubescent changes come at an earlier age than boys'. Below are changes listed for both. Of course, it's important to remember than everyone changes differently. For example, many girls have a height spurt at thirteen, but some girls have one at seventeen. What makes the difference? Many factors, genetics/genes,(which is how your family grows) is an important example.

What happens during puberty to girls?
Breasts develop, and sometimes they are different sizes for a while. Hair growth appears under arms, on legs and in the genital area. First you may get a little fuller, and then have a growth spurt of height. Curves develop in buttocks and thighs. Hands and feet grow more quickly that the rest of your body. Skin becomes more oily and perspiration begins. Menstruation (your "period") begins.

What happens during puberty to boys?
Puberty happens earlier for girls than for boys. Changes occur in a boys' reproductive system. (Click here for diagrams and more information) Voice deepens. Hair grows on face, under arms and in the genital area. A growth spurt occurs and boys get taller.

Keeping connected in order to grow

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