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Added August 04, 2014

8 Stages of Puberty in Girls: Hair and Other Signs

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While puberty brings a lot of changes to your life and your body, you should know you’re not alone on this journey. All women — including your mom, female teachers and aunts — went through puberty. They can be a great resource for you as you have questions along the way.

As you prepare to grow into a beautiful, confident young lady it can be exciting, but also scary. But don’t worry! It’s totally normal, and we’ll be here for you. Read below to find out more about puberty in girls and the exciting changes that await you and other girls like you.

1. Body Growth

One major change you may notice is growing faster than you did during childhood. This is known as a growth spurt. First, you may notice your feet and hands getting bigger. Next, the arm and leg bones grow, making you taller. You may gain some weight to match the increase in your bone size. This may be an awkward time until the rest of the body catches up, but once it does, your body will be more proportional.

2. Breast Development

At first you may notice what feel like little buds, or swellings, under your nipples. After that, your breasts will gradually get bigger and fuller and may become a little sore. Wearing a bra will be important so you can have the proper support for your breasts. Check out the Bra Guide to find your size. Also, it’s important to remember that every girl is different. How large or small your breasts become depends on the physical genetic traits in your family. Full breast development typically takes 2-3 years.

3. Body Hair

Soon you will find new hair growing in new places. Curly hair will start growing in the pubic area (the area that extends from your lower stomach to between your legs). In some girls, pubic hair may appear before breast development. At first, this hair is soft, and there's not much of it. Later, the hair grows longer and becomes a little curly. Although it starts growing between the legs, it eventually covers the entire pubic area and may include the upper, inner thighs. This usually takes 2-3 years. A few months after pubic hair begins to grow, hair will also grow under your arms.

4. Body Sweat

Your sweat glands will become larger and more active, causing you to sweat more. This may happen even before your breasts develop. Once this happens you will want to wear an antiperspirant/deodorant to help reduce sweating.

5. Skin and Hair Changes

During puberty, the pores in your skin produce more oil, especially on your face. This can cause acne. You may have to wash your hair and face more often now that you're going through puberty. It would be a good idea to create a daily skin care routine to meet the needs of your changing skin.

6. Genitals Develop

Your genitals, or private areas, also grow and change during puberty. Your outside parts (the vulva) are enclosed by two sets of "lips." The larger lips have hair. The inner, smaller lips don't. These increase in size a little bit. Inside your body, the vagina is getting longer and the uterus is getting bigger.

7. Discharge Occurs

Discharge is a clear or cloudy fluid produced by your body to moisten and cleanse the vagina. Before you start your period, you'll probably notice yellow or white stains inside your underwear. This is natural moisture from the vagina. It's perfectly normal, and it's a sign that menstruation will likely start in six to 18 months. Sometimes, vaginal discharge can become white, clumpy, thick or milky. In this case, you might have a yeast infection. Talk to your parents or doctor if you have any questions.

8. First Period Starts

All of these changes lead up to the start of your first period. You may not be sure what’s normal, but there’s no need to worry. When you first start menstruation, it can be unpredictable for the first two years. It typically takes 1-2 years for cycles to develop, so you may not be regular for a while. Check out this article to learn more about your period and the best ways to stay protected.

Every girl develops differently and at her own pace, so don’t be discouraged. These changes usually happen in the order listed above, but this may not be the order that they happen to you — and that is totally OK! No matter what order all these changes happen, just know you’re on your way to becoming a woman — and that is an awesome thing!

Have you started puberty? Share your experience in the comments below. If you still have questions, be sure to register for and ask the BeingGirl Experts.

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Posted October 27, 2014
I'm 14 and I started my period at about 12 and I'm a size 34 C already .
Posted October 27, 2014
I am at 7 still watting for my period but it kinda award cuz none of my class mates have started last year my crush (I dont like him any more) saw my bra strap he said "are you warring a bra ?" thankfuly my bff convinded him it was a tank top
Posted September 07, 2014
I have all the signs. But not my period. I need a padded bra but I can't get one. So my training bra shows my nipples and it is really embarrassing in the locker room cause I don't have a bra so I see my nipples. People are walking around in a col padded bra and underwear and I really quickly get dressed cause I don't want people to see my nipples. What should I do?
Posted September 07, 2014
I have all of this. I think I may have gotten my period at school but it may have just been brown discharge. I have never gotten my period before. I was gonna go to the nurse but I mean what would she do look at my underwear and vagina? I mean really.
Posted September 02, 2014
Is it wierd when the doctor looks at your breasts and in your underwear? I had a physical for school and the doctor made me put on the paper robe with just underwear and a bra then she pulled down my bra and kept touching my breasts then she made take my underwear off (I was holding them) and she touched it and held a light up to it then touched my butt (in the back) and then wrote stuff down and asked me about my period ( which I don't have) and to get bras. Then I was going to have to try on a bra that they have there so she could see somthing but I don't know what. But I said no thank you and she looked at the inside of my underwer to look for discharge. It was so embarresing
Posted September 02, 2014
Well, I'm actually 13, contrary to what my profile says, because my sister messed it up when I was signing up and left the computer open. Oh well, I guess I'm 16 then! XD Anyways, yeah, I have started puberty... I guess I started when I was 10, almost 11, but the only sign was discharge. Also, is it weird that I've had discharge consistently (heavier now though) for almost 2 and a half years and I still haven't gotten my period?
Posted August 25, 2014
Omg your jus like me!! I have every single sign that you have! I weigh over 100 pounds also! And had discharge for 2 years!
Posted August 25, 2014
Omg your just like me! :) I ha discharge for 2 years and I weigh over 100 pounds and I'm tall and have hips ,breast size is 36a or 35a ! We would get our period soon I know it! :) everyone tells me so.Your just like me! ;) twins!!! :D nkt hope I helped!
Posted August 12, 2014
OMG I HAVE ALL OF THOSE. I weigh more than 100 pounds I've had discharge for almost 2 years now I grew 9cm this year I wear a 30-34 A Bra, Depends on brands and type of Bras And If I dont shave I'd have my own personal mini forest My Doctosr says very soon and I think so too Im prepared but I just want so help When do think I will probably get my Period PLEASE help me, THX!!!
Posted August 12, 2014
Yeah I guess I've had puberty for a couple of years I mean I've grown hair everywhere we are supposed to. And I am barely a 32 A. I HAVNT STARTED MY PERIOD YET!! None of my friends know.. I guess it's kinda embarrassing. Imma be 15 soon. I'm really scared something is wrong with me. My 23 yr old sister is making fun and complaining about me. And my mom won't talk to be about puberty! help!
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