Everyone goes through puberty but not always at the same time or in the same way. It is 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. (When the word girls is mentioned, it’s information for what you can expect if you were born female. When the word boys is mentioned, it’s information for what you can expect if you were born male.)

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

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