What physical changes can I expect?
Bodies become curvier and hip bones widen.
Hair will begin to grow on your vagina (V) and armpits. The hairs on your legs and upper lip may become more noticeable. This hair is called pubic hairs. Below is a development diagram of pubic hair:
Breasts start to develop
First there is a small swelling under the nipples, and then the whole breast area starts to get bigger. Sometimes, your two breasts can be different in size, especially as you first start developing. Don’t attempt to take any medicine to fix it. It will not work.
Throughout puberty, you will experience changes in your breasts. When they first start to grow, they may feel a little itchy or achy. During your period, they may feel a little tender or sore. Most of the changes your breasts will go through are normal.
Let your doctor know if you find a lump or have a pain that you are not sure about. But keep in mind that even though lumps are common in young women, it is very rare for the lumps to be cancer.
There is weight gain, particularly on the hips. Most likely, you'll get taller, much quicker than you did before. This does not mean you have to start a diet to lose weight. In fact you would be unhealthy if you did not put on some weight. It just means that you are getting a womanly shape. Just continue to eat healthy foods and get regular exercise.
Muscles get bigger and stronger, but they do not show up as much as boys' muscles.
Vagina and discharges
Your clitoris will grow a little, too. The inner lips of your vulva will become more prominent. They may stick out from the outer lips. They can be short or long, wrinkled or smooth.
Look out for some whitish jelly from your vagina before or in between periods. (Don't worry it's just your body's way of cleaning itself.)
Take a look at the See the parts & functions of the vagina here
You'll also start getting vaginal discharge, which can be a sign that you'll soon start your menstruation (say men-stroo-ay-shun) (periods)
Skin: pimples, acne, spots and zits
of the more annoying changes during puberty happens to your skin. Most likely you may have acne, pimples, zits, spots or whatever you like to call them. Your skin and hair will probably become more oily. Hair follicles (where a hair grows out of your skin) get blocked by dead skin cells, and bacteria grows. The bacteria makes your skin erupt into pimples. These are usually on the face, shoulders, arms, back, and chest. They can look red, white, or black. Those little bumps and marks on your face that can make you miserable and sometimes, not even want to leave the house. Nobody likes them, but almost everybody gets them. Just try to live with it. It will all clear up after puberty.
Sweat and body odour (smell)
More sweat, and stinkier sweat, are a normal part of puberty. It happens to all kids as they get older - boys and girls. It's because of those puberty hormones again. The hormones are affecting your sweat glands, and your sweat glands are making chemicals that sometimes make you smell. There are lots of sweat glands under your arms, so your armpits might be one place you're a bit stinky.
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