A simple guide to some of the changes which happen to us during puberty.
PUBERTY FACTS FOR KIDS
1.What is an erection?
An erection happens when blood fills up the tissue inside the penis. They can go away on their own or after ejaculation. Ejaculation is when semen is released through the hole in your penis.
They can happen anytime and they happen to all boys as they grow up.
2. What are periods?
A period is the shedding of the lining of the womb which comes out as blood through the vagina. The womb is where a baby grows if you become pregnant. If you are not pregnant the lining is not needed so your body removes it.
Women have a period around every 28 days and signs of a period coming could be bloating, bad mood and tender breasts.
They can first start as young as 10 years old but most girls start in their teen years.
3.What is a wet dream?
If you ejaculate while you're sleeping that is known as a wet dream. Usually it happens when you're dreaming about sex but you might not remember the dream.
Just like erections, these are a normal part of growing up and nothing to be ashamed of. It happens to all boys as they grow up.
4.Why do boys voices deepen during puberty?
During puberty boys begin to make a lot of testosterone which is a hormone. This causes your voice box to grow bigger, your vocal cords also grow longer and thicker and your sinus cavities to grow making more room for your voice to echo.
Not every boy will develop a very deep voice, it can vary but it will usually deepen or change slightly. While it is changing it can be unpredictable!