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Girls and puberty

Puberty is the physical changes that happen when a girl becomes a woman.

For girls puberty can start between 8 and 14 years old.

Signs of puberty include:

Hair grows on the vagina




Breasts and hips often get bigger.





You get your period. This is when you bleed from your vagina once a month. Some girls do not start having periods until they are 16.

Your vagina may produce discharge (fluid).

You might also notice:


  • You might get taller
  • Hormones can make you sweaty so you might want to start using deodorant if you don’t already.
  • You might have mood swings and feel emotional.

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