It's a natural and normal process
Puberty is a natural process that everyone goes through, for girls puberty normally happens between the ages of 10 and 16, although some can start earlier or later, everyone is different.
Puberty can take different times for different people, for some girls it can take over a year whereas for others it could take more than 4 years for all the changes to take place. This is absolutely normal so don’t worry if other people are developing at different times to you, everyone is different.
Changes are coming...
Puberty can be a confusing and emotional time, and there are many changes that will take place. Other people will be able to notice some of the more obvious changes whereas there will also be changes only you will notice.
The following are some of the changes that will happen to you:
- You will get taller
- Your build will change as your breasts and hips start to grow
- You may get spots
- You will have more active sweat glands
- The hair on your legs may become darker
- You will grow pubic hair under your arms and between your legs
- You will begin to have periods and will experience PMT (premenstrual tension) in the days before your period
- Your vagina changes and you will start to produce a clear liquid called discharge
- You may become moody or feel emotional more often
You may have questions about puberty that you feel too embarrassed to ask a relative, close friend or teacher. You can always speak to a health professional if you have any questions or are worried about something. You can also find further information on puberty using the signposting section below.
Getting Help Locally
National Support Websites
Rise Above - TomSka takes you through everything you need to know about puberty in 7 minutes......ish! And fellow youtuber Jim Chapman shares his experience of going through puberty
BBC Radio 1 Advice - A whole bunch of information about puberty and your body
Childline - Information and some FAQ's about puberty in females
NHS Choices - Some information and simple tips for teen girls
Need someone to talk to?
SHAC - Sexual Health and Contraception
YZUP - Wise up to Drugs and Alcohol
Ask PHIL - support, information and advice on local services
ABC - Anti-bullying in Cornwall
Childline - a free 24 hour counselling service for children and young people
Samaritans - 24 hour confidential emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts
Brook - free and confidential sexual health advice and contraception to young people
Kooth - free online support for young people
Think you know - internet safety and safe surfing for young people
Talk to Frank - friendly, confidential drugs advice