Puberty is a time when a young girl’s body begins to change into a woman. This can be an exciting time, but also anxiety provoking for some. The more young girls know about their bodies and the changes that are coming, the more comfortable they will be when changes occur.
For most girls, puberty occurs between the ages of 8 and 13 years and last 2-3 years. Chemicals in the body, known as hormones, help produce changes in a young girl’s body such as: hair growth in the pubic region, increase in breast size, presence of acne, production of body odor, production of vaginal discharge, getting taller, getting curvier and the first period. Sometimes these hormones also affect emotions, as your daughter’s feelings and sense of independence changes right along with the physical changes of her body.
Every girl goes through changes as she gets older in her own time frame. Nonetheless, if no changes of puberty are noticeable by age 13 years, it may be important for your daughter to be evaluated by a doctor. In addition, if puberty begins, but then does not progress within 2-3 years, an evaluation by a doctor is recommended. Finally, when puberty begins too early (<8 years of age), an evaluation by a doctor is important to ensure puberty occurs at the right time.
For questions and more information about puberty, please contact the Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Clinic at 832-822-3640.
I will also be discussing puberty at Girls Elevated, a fun, informative event designed to make the journey through adolescence easier for moms and daughters. It will be on Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 9:30am to 2:30pm at the Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, 6615 Main Street, 4th Floor Conference Education Center, Houston, Texas. For more information about the event, please visit here or register online here. Have a question? Please call Ann Tims at 832.826.7464.