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Pimples. Growing breasts. Body hair. Moody moments. If any of this sounds familiar, you’re likely on the path of puberty. It’s a road everyone travels, and it certainly has its bumps. But it’s also an amazing time.

Puberty is when you start making the change from being a child to being an adult. And it’s when your body develops the ability to have a baby. It all happens thanks to changing hormones, or natural body chemicals.

With everything that’s changing, life can feel a little overwhelming. But you can feel more in control if you take good care of your body. Knowing what to expect can help, too, so keep reading. (And don’t forget that puberty also involves changes you can’t see — like changes to your self-esteem and your feelings.

In this section, you can learn about:


Content last reviewed April 15, 2014
Page last updated May 23, 2014