General Article 4 Puberty changes only girls experience

Topic Selected: Adolescent Health Book Volume: 395

Oestrogen and progesterone are the two main hormones responsible for the changes in girls.

Here are some of the changes you can expect to experience as you go through puberty.

1. Hips widen

As your body grows, your hips widen in preparation for you to carry a baby in the future.

2. Breasts start to grow

The oestrogen your body is producing causes your breasts to grow. You might feel itchy or uncomfortable when this happens, but it’s completely normal.

3. Changes in your vagina

Your vagina and vulva will grow bigger, and you’ll start to produce a clear or white liquid (vaginal discharge) – this is normal and is how your vagina keeps clean and healthy.

If the discharge is yellow, smells or your vagina feels itchy, you should see your doctor as you might have an infection. If you notice more discharge, it might be a sign that your period is going to start soon.

4. Periods (menstruation)

Your periods will start at some point during puberty. You might get period pains in the lead-up to y...

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