Puberty – A Journey to Womanhood
A series of events result into a girl’s puberty. Girls experience puberty before boys of the same age, and it is important to remember that each girl is different and may progress through these changes differently. There are three basic stages to puberty:
- Breast Development: This is the first visible symptom of female puberty Because of the influence of oestrogen and progesterone, internal breast structures start to develop. In general, breast production is completed around 20 years of age. Nevertheless, with every menstrual cycle, minor changes arise.
- Occurrence of pubic hair: Hair starts to grow around pubic areas and under the arms. There is also oil and sweat glands growth especially in the underarms area. Some hormonal changes, like secretion of androgens by the ovaries, also occur.
- The advent of Menarche: Commonly known as the first menstrual period, marks the end of puberty. Menarche usually begins between the ages 9 – 15, roughly two years after puberty occurs. A menarche does not mean the pregnancy of a female, because in the first few menstrual cycles, egg release (ovulation) is not likely to occur.Ovulation usually starts about a year after menarche on a regular basis.
Some other noticeable changes:
- Growth: The year before their time of menstruation, most girls have a growth spurt.The first parts to develop are normally their feet and hands and then the rest will follow. The body takes a curvier shape. If the changes are not visible by the time a girl is thirteen, check-ups after puberty are recommended.
- Vaginal discharge: The yellow or white discharge is quite normal at this stage. It actually helps to clean and moisten the vagina. But there is a need to watch out for signs of itching, odour, and/or irritation, which could be a result of some kind of infection. The girl usually gets her period a year after the discharge.
- Pimples and acne: A girl’s worst nightmare, this skin situation is the part of life. This is because of more oil glands and hormones. However, following a proper skin routine and consulting a doctor regarding acne can be a big help.
- Sweat: The sweat glands become more active, causing odour during perspiration.
- Hitting puberty means more body odour, which is normal. But using antiperspirants is a good way to get rid of them.
- The oil glands contribute towards oilier scalp, there may be a need to wash them more frequently and keep the scalp clean.
- For treating acne, acne medications containing benzoyl peroxide, sulphur, resorcinol, or salicylic acid act as effective ingredients. Using oil-free products help prevent breakouts.
- Avoid popping pimples and picking at the skin should be avoided. Consider consulting a dermatologist if over-the-counter treatments don’t work.
- The growth is a natural process and dealing it with confidence. Also, keep in mind that your feet grow before the rest of your body. Both gaining weight and growing taller is normal. (Love thyself!)
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