Junior asked in HealthOther - Health · 1 decade ago

Puberty, how long does it last?

How long does puberty usually last? And what are the goods and bads?

7 Answers

  • rosieC
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    Usually, puberty starts between ages 8 and 13 in girls and ages 10 and 15 in boys. This wide range in ages may help explain why some of your friends still look like young kids whereas others look more like adults.

    Testosterone is the hormone that causes most of the changes in a boy's body during puberty, and men need sperm to be able to reproduce (be the father of a baby).

    In girls, it's the estrogen and eggs. Together, these hormones prepare a girl's body to start her periods and be able to become pregnant someday.

    Positive changes:

    Growth Spurt

    That lasts for about 2 to 3 years. When that growth spurt is at its peak, some kids grow 4 or more inches (10 or more centimeters) in a year! At the end of your growth spurt, you'll have reached your adult height — or just about. But your height isn't the only thing that changes during puberty.

    A boy's shoulders will grow wider and his body will become more muscular. He may notice a bit of breast growth on his chest. Don't worry, this is normal — and it goes away for most boys by the end of puberty.

    Boys' voices crack and eventually become deeper, their penises grow longer and wider, and their testes get bigger. All of these changes mean that their bodies are developing as they should during puberty

    Girls' bodies usually become curvier. Their hips get wider and their breasts develop, starting with just a little swelling under the nipples. Sometimes one breast grows more quickly than the other, but most of the time they even out.

    Menarche or the first period for girls usually happens about 2 years after her breasts start to develop. The menstrual period, or monthly cycle, is when blood is released through the vagina. That may sound alarming, but it's normal and it signals that a girl is growing up and her body is preparing so that she can have a baby someday.

    Negative changes:

    Boys and girls both begin to grow hair under their arms and their pubic areas (on and around the genitals). Eventually, boys also start to grow hair on their faces.

    Because your feet, are growing faster than everything else;. this can make you feel clumsy or awkward. This is normal, The rest of your body will eventually fill out and shape up, and you'll feel less klutzy.

    Acne or pimples — caused by all those hormones at work in the body. Skin gets oilier and pimples usually start showing up when puberty begins, and you may get them throughout the teenage years. The good news is that acne usually gets a lot better as you get older.

    Body odor under their arms and in other places when they hit puberty — and it's not a pretty one.

    Girls sometimes might see and feel white or clear snot-like stuff coming from the vagina. This doesn't mean anything is wrong — it's just another sign hormones are changing your body.

    With all this growing and developing going on, some girls may be uncomfortable with how their bodies are changing, but it's unhealthy for girls to diet to try to stop any normal weight gain

    Boys will begin to get erections (this is when the penis fills with blood and becomes hard). Sometimes erections happen when boys think about sexual things or they can happen for no reason at all.

    Boys also may experience something called nocturnal emissions (or wet dreams).from ejaculations. .

    During puberty, you might feel confused or have strong emotions that you've never had before. You might feel overly sensitive or become upset easily. Some kids lose their tempers more often and get angry with their friends or families. You also may feel anxious about how your changing body looks.

    Sometimes it can be hard to deal with all these new emotions. It's important to know that while your body is adjusting to the new hormones, so is your mind. Try to remember that people usually aren't trying to hurt your feelings or upset you on purpose. It might not be your family or friends — it might be your new "puberty brain" trying to adjust.

    You might also have sexual feelings that you've never felt before. And you will probably have lots of questions about these new, confusing feelings about sex.

    It's easy to feel embarrassed or nervous when talking about sex. It's important to get your questions answered, but you need to be sure you have all the right information.

    Some kids can talk to their parents about sex and get all their questions answered. But if you feel funny talking to your parents about sex, there are many other people you can talk to, like your doctor, a school nurse, a teacher, a school counselor, or some other adult you feel comfortable talking with.

    During puberty, everyone changes at his or her own pace. Maybe some of your friends are getting their period, and you haven't developed breasts yet. Maybe your best friend's voice has changed, and you think you still sound like a kid. Or maybe you're sick of being the tallest girl in your class or the only boy who has to shave.

    In a few cases, kids who are developing very early or who are very late in starting have a problem that may need to be checked or treated. If you are concerned about that possibility, talk with your parents and schedule a visit with your doctor. Your doctor knows all about puberty and can help determine if you are developing normally.

    But just about everyone catches up eventually, and most differences between you and your friends will even out. Until then, hang in there. Puberty can be quite a wild ride!

    Source(s): professional nurse
  • Mandy
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    For a normal, healthy boy, puberty lasts for between 3 and 4 years. It is a complex subject which could not be covered in an answer here, but there are lots of specialist websites you can find through Google. Stage G1 of puberty is not outwardly detectable and it is not until stage G2, when the skin on your scrotum darkens and changes in texture, that you really notice anything visually. The appearance of pubic hair is no indicator because genetics are involved. The first sign for lots of boys is when there is an ejaculation instead of a dry orgasm when masturbating. This happens even though the testicles are still undeveloped, because semen is produced inside the body, by the seminal vesicles and prostate gland, which mature earlier than the testes. The website below explains the different physical changes but not too much on the psychological effects.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Women's puberty lasts 12-18 to around age 50

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    5 years ago

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  • 5 years ago

    I don't want to get into boys, but for girls, pads work at day, and tampons at night. DO NOT wear anything skinny or white! It will not be pretty! Don't freak out,

    Be prepared and always talk to our parents before internet. Friends are always fun to talk to, as long as they understand, an are always there to help!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Its different for everyone. I think the usual range is 12 - 21 or something like that

  • 1 decade ago

    for guys its as late as about 20 and girls is usually around 16. girls get periods, which suck and are awkward at first and boys voices change, which ppl laugh at. good things: girls gets boobs and boys grow tall..eventually.

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