Happy Sex Ed Sunday all! I know I missed a week and I’m so sorry about that but today we are going to talk all about that dreaded topic of PUBERTY!!! I know you can’t wait 😉
I know, I know…you’re all thinking OMG 😲 not this, ugh…I understand it’s not a comfortable topic for most people to talk about but I promise I will make it as comfortable as possible. So let’s get started!
Puberty by definition is the condition of being or the period of becoming first capable of reproducing sexually that is brought on by the production of sex hormones and the maturing of the reproductive organs (such as the testes and ovaries), development of secondary sex characteristics (such as male facial hair growth and female breast development), and in humans and the higher primates by the first occurrence of menstruation in the female.
Now, I know that kids hate hearing about this from their parents and I know that a lot of parents feel just as awkward talking to their kids about this, so that’s where I come in. Puberty doesn’t have to be an uncomfortable topic. We just need to realize that it is all very natural, ok to talk about, and part of life.
I believe when we don’t talk about this topic with children they may end up getting the wrong information which could possibly get them into more health trouble than people like to believe. I know it’s a lot easier to play the naïve card and think my kid wouldn’t do that or their still too young to know about puberty or sex. Unfortunately in todays world kids have access to all this information at their fingertips. That being said they also have access to the wrong information too. That’s where we as adults/parents/educators come into play to make sure they are getting the proper information on this important topic.
Puberty has actually been reported to begin at an earlier age than years ago. Today boys and girls can begin puberty as early as 8 or 9 years old. Now that’s not the average but it can happen. Boys and girls begin puberty any where from 11 years old to 16 years old and will continue till about 19-23 years old. One thing that is VERY important to remember is that EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT!!! That’s great no one persons body begins this process at the same pace and develops the same way. We’re all unique!
So what exactly do we go through when we hit puberty? Great question!
- Breasts begin to develop
- Hair growth occurs in the pubic area, under the arms, and on the legs
- Menstruation also begins…this is where a girl gets her period for the first time
- Voice can deepen.
- Testicles and penis begin to get larger
- Hair growth occurs in the pubic area, under the arms, on the legs, and on the face
- Muscles develop, voice deepens, and nocturnal emissions (wet dreams) can occur
Both boys and girls can get acne on their face, chest, and back. They will also go through a growth spurt for about 2-3 years to get closer to their adult height.
Puberty can be a very awkward time in life but it is also a wonderful time in life because it is the beginning of becoming an adult. I know there are many more questions you may have in which I will be answering in the up coming posts. So stay tuned till next Sex Ed. Sunday!!! Stay safe and healthy!