Puberty is a time period during which children mature biologically, psychologically, socially and cognitively. The changes do not occur on a strict timeline but evolve at different times according to an individual’s unique internal calendar.
During puberty, your body grows faster than at any other time in your life (except for when you were an infant!) because of hormones.
Hormones are chemical substances that your brain releases when you reach a certain age.
They are responsible for the onset of puberty. Depending on whether you’re a boy or a girl, these hormones go to work on different parts of your body. You may now be referred to as becoming jawan.
Puberty feels different for everyone and is a gradual process. The first changes usually aren’t seen with your eyes as they involve your hormones. There is no specific age for puberty – it differs from person to person as everyone has their own biological schedule. This is one of the reasons why some of your friends might still look the same while others change in appearance or physique.
Girls tend to hit puberty between the ages of 8 and 17. Boys can expect it between the ages of 10 and 18. But one thing everyone has in common is that we all go through it!
As girls mature and go through puberty, hormonal changes can put them at risk for yeast infections.
Yeast infection symptoms like itching, whitish plaque around the vagina and redness in the folds of the thighs and the pubic areas, especially in the summer months, should alert you to yeast infection is a fungus that grows in moist areas.
You can use an antifungal cream to cure such infections. You can prevent yeast infections by not wearing tight underwear and keeping the pubic area and the area around the thighs dry and clean.
Boys: You sometimes experience nocturnal emissions (or wet dreams).
This is when a guy ejaculates while asleep. Wet dreams are perfectly normal, become less frequent as one progresses through puberty, and may eventually stop.
During puberty, as your body is adjusting to all the new hormones, you may feel confused or have strong emotions that you’ve never had before. You can also feel uneasy about your body and the way you look and feel and its very normal to have these feelings. It’s also okay to get upset easily and feel very sensitive. You’re growing up! Let your emotions come out sometimes.
It can help to talk to someone — a friend, a parent, perhaps an older sibling, or another adult, anyone who you feel you can be comfortable with and open up to. Talking helps!