Everyone goes through puberty, but not always at the same time or in exactly the same way. It is the time when your body starts changing from that of a child to that of an adult. At times, you may feel like your body is out of control.

Compared with your friends, you may feel too tall, too short, or awkward. You may feel self-conscious about these changes, but many of your friends probably do too.

In general, here’s what you can expect.

There’s no “right” time for puberty to begin. But girls start a little earlier than boys, usually between ages 8 and 13 years. Puberty for boys usually starts at about ages 11 to 14 years.

Chemicals called hormones will cause many changes in your body.

Soft hair starts to grow in the pubic area (the area between your legs and around your genitals [around your vagina or...

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