So why do I need to know about puberty if it’s going to happen anyway?
One day you’ll buy your first car and with that car you’ll receive an owner’s manual. The owner’s manual will tell you how to take care of your car. Think of this guide as an owner’s manual for your body. In it you will learn why your body is going these changes and how to deal with them. There ¡s a reason for every change that you will experience. By understanding your body, you will be able to take care of it for the rest of your life.
As a gynecologist (a doctor that just takes care of women), I have met many women who are confused about their own bodies. I’m here to set the record straight. If anything you read is hard to understand or different from what you were taught, ask your mom, school nurse or other close friend to clear things up for you. If you are still confused then ask your doctor at your next checkup.
Your body goes through some pretty cool changes during puberty. Some of these changes will make you happy; some will make you not so happy. Many girls look forward to growing taller and becoming more mature; on the other hand, many girls may not be looking forward to having acne or getting their period.
As your brain matures and you start to think more like an adult, you will be given more responsibility and be allowed more independence from your parents. As you go through puberty, you will gain confidence in yourself. This confidence will make you proud of the woman that you are becoming.
How long will puberty take?
Puberty usually starts between the ages of 8 and 13. It will end when you reach your adult height and weight. This is usually around age 16 or 17. Every human being goes through puberty-even the boys! The difference is that the changes of puberty happen at different times and in different ways for different people. For example, a boy may grow taller at the end of puberty and for many girls this is often one of the first changes to happen.