Puberty in Girls

Princesses are so worried about puberty, body changes and so many queries which cannot be asked or discussed with everyone and one has to be careful enough as your parents are their to help you out with everything and even if you feel shy just read articles on www.help206.com.

Your body development is quite normal. But there’s so much going on at once


Puberty

  • Puberty usually starts between the ages of 8 and 13 and lasts a few years. starting time may differ like it may start earlier in girls who are overweight, or later in girls who are very athletic or thin. If you are 12 and haven't started developing breasts or are 15 and haven't gotten your period, your mother will consult with doctor, who will probably want to examine you to make sure everything's OK.
  • You should know that during puberty, your body releases hormones that stimulate your ovaries to start producing the female hormone estrogen. These surging hormones can also make your mood go up and down -- and sometimes it may seem as if your body is out of control then just relax and talk to your parents.
  • Growth of breasts: 8 years -13 years.
  • Growth of pubic hair: 8 years -14 years.
  • Body Growth: 9 1/2 years -14 1/2 years.
  • First Period: 10 years -16 1/2 years.
  • Underarm Hair: 2 years after pubic hair shows up.
  • Acne: Around the same time as underarm hair

Weight

Most girls experience growth spurts early in puberty, while most boys have them later in puberty. That’s why many girls are taller than boys in school. Increased body fat is also a normal part of puberty. Please Don’t go on a diet to try to lose this weight. "It’s not bad fat,".


Breast Development

Breast development is one of the changes that stress girls out the most. Many girls worry that their breasts aren’t growing enough. But breasts usually continue to grow until you’re 17 or 18 years old -- or even into your 20s. Sometimes one breast grows faster than the other, although the slower one usually catches up.Your nipples also change during puberty. They can become pink or dark brown, turned inward or out. Sometimes hairs grow around them. All of this is normal and you should discuss it with your mother instead of unknown or outsiders.


Menstruation
  • Two years or so after your breasts start to develop, you'll probably get your first period. Periods usually last between two and eight days and come every 21 to 35 days. A 28-day cycle is common, but often it takes a while before your periods are regular.
  • Each month, the lining of your uterus thickens with blood to help a fertilized egg grow.

Vaginal Discharge

  • You may notice white, sticky stuff in your underpants, the fluid that keeps your vagina moist and clean.
  • Vaginal discharge may become thicker and stickier at some points during your menstrual cycle. It has a slight odor but most people can't smell it.
  • Bathing regularly with soap can help reduce the odor if it bothers you.

Note: If your vaginal discharge becomes itchy or irritated, has a strong odor, or is dark yellow or greenish, you may have a vaginal infection and talk to your parents or visit your doctor for advise.

To know more visit Vaginal Discharge page


Body Hair

  • Puberty brings hair to your body in new places: under your arms, in your genital area, and maybe even on your upper lip. The hair on your arms and legs may also get darker or thicker.
  • Pubic hair usually starts with a few straight strands and becomes curlier and darker as it grows. Eventually it grows into a thick triangle over the pubic bone and spreads a little to your inner thighs.
  • This growth may start at the beginning of puberty or any time during it.

Note : You must consult your doctor if you grow hair on your chest or chin it may be because of  hormone imbalance that needs to be corrected.

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