Are you ready for the Big P?

Dealing with Puberty

Are you ready for the  Big P?

Puberty is the time when our bodies become sexually matured. For girls, that means we are biologically able to have children, not that we are ready to have sex.

For most girls, it happens between 8 – 13 years old. Don’t worry if some of your friends’ bodies change before or after yours. Puberty is different for every girl.

Here are some signs you are going through puberty:

Your Breasts Grows
Are your breasts starting to grow ? Fuller, rounder breasts are one of the first signs of puberty. At the beginning one breast may grow faster than the other. You may also feel some tenderness and slight discomfort. This is nothing to worry about.

Pubic and Armpit Hair Growth
Do you have hair growing under your armpits? Have you noticed pubic hair, which is hair that grows around your vagina? Your armpit hair might grow after your pubic hair. This is perfectly normal.

You Have Vaginal Discharge
Have you noticed a milky or yellow coloured stain on your pants? This is called a vaginal discharge. Your body makes these fluids to keep your vagina clean. We all get it, it’s nothing to be embarrassed about. Tell a trusted adult if the discharge has a strong or fishy smell. Or if it is brown, green or red.

You Get Your Period
Have you started bleeding from your vagina around once a month? If so, you have started your period or menstruation. Most girls start their period between ages 12 and 13.
Some girls start as early at 8 years old or late at 16 years old. If after 16 you have not seen your period, talk to a trusted adult about it or visit a health center in your community.

Mood Swings
Are you more easily annoyed of late? Do you sometimes suddenly feel sad for no reason? Does your mood change quickly? This is a part of puberty. The hormones changing your body can also affect your emotions. Don’t worry, there is nothing wrong with you.

Puberty can be a confusing time. Our bodies are changing. Our moods are up and down. It can help to talk with a trusted adult, like your mother or a close aunt. They’ve been through it, they know exactly how you feel.

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