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Puberty

Puberty is the stage in your life when your body grows from being a child into being an adult.
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What is puberty?

Puberty involves changes to your body, which can happen at different times for different people. These changes may help us to feel grown up, or they may cause us to worry. 

It's important to remember that everyone goes through puberty. 

 

Understanding puberty

When you begin to go through puberty, you may have a number of questions.

You might ask:

What changes can I expect?

How will it affect my body?

How long will it last?

What can I do if it doesn't happen for me?

What can I do if I am different?

During puberty, you may experience:
Growth

Your body growing

Changes

Your body changing shape and appearance.

Voice

Your voice getting deeper (especially if you are a boy)

Feelings

You may experience some feelings which you find unusual.

It is understandable to have lots of different emotions and feelings as you grow up. You might feel happy, angry, sad, confused, lonely, frustrated or upset. You might feel worried about how your body is changing. 

You are not alone. You have the right to get support. 

Is there an adult you feel comfortable talking with about the changes that are happening to your body? This can help you to learn more about your body and what changes you can expect. You can always talk to Childline about anything that's on your mind. 

You can also get more information about puberty here on the Health Service website.

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Contact Childline

Childline is always here to listen and to support you. You can call Childline on 1800 66 66 66 (24 hours a day), text Childline on 50101 (10am – 4am every day) or chat with Childline online

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