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Your Body & General Health

Your body has been constantly changing since you were born. During adolescence
, the changes your body undergoes will be more rapid and dramatic than at any other time in your life. These changes can be scary, but also exciting. Either way, it's best to understand what is happening to your body so that you'll know what to expect.

Puberty is the term used for the time when your body is changing from the body of a child to the body of an adult. This process begins earlier in girls than in boys, usually between ages 8 and 13, and lasts 2 to 4 years.

In the early part of puberty, your brain sends signals to your ovaries (reproductive organs in your lower abdomen) to begin producing a hormone called estrogen. The estrogen you produce and some other brain chemicals signal your body to start growing and changing into your adult body.

Since you're going through so many changes at once, you might find yourself wondering, "what's normal?" So, let's take a better look at how your body is developing and growing.

Things to remember while you're growing:

  • Your puberty timetable may be very different from that of your friends. Even if you start changing right smack in the middle of the normal age range for puberty, others may have already started or still others will start changing after you.

  • It's normal to feel a little awkward and insecure about your body at this time. After all, you got pretty used to being in the body you had and it's changing fast. Don't worry, you'll get used to the new one too!

  • Your body's physical growth doesn't happen alone. You are also going through some very important emotional and mental changes as well. Don't be surprised if you have some new feelings you haven't had before.


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