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Puberty: Just The Facts

Puberty happens to everyone – it’s a part of growing up.

It’s the one thing we all have in common. Just like the weather – your body changes and it can be very unpredictable. It usually happens when you’re between the ages of 8-16. However, everyone doesn’t go through it at the same time – everyone is different, so do not worry if your friends have started to change and you have not, or if you have begun changing but your friends haven’t; we all get there in the end.

During puberty, your body will grow faster than any other time in your life. Your brain releases hormones that tell your body it’s time to change. This happens over a few years, not overnight so you might not even notice the changes happening straight away.

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