Your Changing Body

During puberty, you are growing faster and developing an adult body.

Hormones in your body start these changes. Hormones are chemicals that are made by organs called glands in your body. During puberty the most important gland is the pituitary gland. This tiny gland (at the base of the brain) tells other glands to start making hormones. The pituitary gland also makes the human growth hormone which makes the bones and muscles grow faster during puberty. Hormones also cause sexual and reproductive organs to change and develop.

Some of the changes happen only to boys and others take place only in girls. Your changing body has changing needs. During puberty, you'll need to start paying more attention to caring for your body. Let's start by looking at some of the changes that happen to both boys and girls and tips that can help you take care of yourself.

Puberty is about change.
How much change happens and how long these changes take is different for everyone.




The information contained in this section of the site is from the booklet Growing Up Okay! 
Reprinted with permission from Healthy Child Manitoba Office, 2013.