Your body is changing
Your body is changing
• During adolescence, your body undergoes major changes.

• You aren’t able to choose when or how these changes will occur—it’s out of your control! It’s a phenomenon that’s 100% biological.

At your own pace! These changes will take place at different times and at different speeds and intensity for you and your friends, because every teenager is different. For example, just because your friend started getting pubic hair at the age of 12 doesn’t mean it’ll be the same for you.

Ready or not! You may feel alright about these changes or you may find that they’re a bit sudden. The best way to handle what’s happening is to get information about the physical and psychological changes that you can expect, and to keep in mind that puberty is a normal process over which you have no control.

For girls, puberty mainly involves filling out in the hips, thighs, buttocks and breasts. For more information, refer to Puberty-For girls.

• Some girls find these bodily changes difficult to accept because they are being transformed from the very thin, shapeless body form idealized by the media.

For guys, puberty involves becoming more muscular, developing broader shoulders and growing rapidly. But for some guys, they feel they aren’t muscular enough or they don’t like their body because it’s too thin. To find out more, check out Puberty-For guys.

• Some guys want and welcome these changes with a certain amount of pride, because the changes are associated with an athletic body.

• But what about you? How do you feel about these changes?

• The changes that come with puberty are very different for girls and guys. For further information, refer to Puberty–For girls and Puberty–For guys.
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