What is Puberty?

It’s the time in life when human beings develop and change from a child into an adult.  Puberty will change the way you look, the way you feel and the way to relate to others.  These changes may take months or years.


    When does it happen?

    Usually some time between age 8 and 17 years old.  Girls often go through it a bit earlier than boys do. There’s a right time for everyone but it may be different for different people and that’s OK.

    How does it happen?

    That’s a hard one to answer, but basically when the body is ready it starts producing special chemicals called hormones that tell your body to start changing.

    The facts:

    • It’s totally normal
    • It lets you know your body is on track and everything’s going OK
    • It will finish one day
    • It can be confusing, exciting, strange – even scary
    • You can talk to your parents or a trusted adult about it – they went through puberty too!

    More info for boys and girls...

    For all the information on boys and girls bodies check out this fact sheet on puberty and the changes your body will go through.

    There is some extra information on periods here.

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