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

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 might cause us to worry.

Understanding Puberty

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

You might ask:

  • What changes can I expect?
  • How will it affect my body?
  • How long will it last for?
  • What can I do if it doesn't happen for me?
  • What can I do if I am different?

Things you may experience during puberty

  • Your body growing
  • Your body changing shape and appearance
  • Your voice deepening (especially if you are a boy)
  • Unusual feelings

Feelings and emotions

It is understandable to have lots of different feelings and emotions 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.

Support is available

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

Is there an adult you feel comfortable talking with about the changes which 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 contact Childline by calling 1800 66 66 66, chatting on this website or texting to 50101 24 hours a day, every day. 

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