The Facts about Puberty (for Guys)
A. What you experienced is very normal. During puberty, most males go
through times where they wake up with an erection. In fact, ejaculation (the
release of semen through the penis) may be the first sign that you are going
through puberty. The wet spot might have been because of a process called
"nocturnal emission." When your body goes into REM sleep, your penis
becomes erect. You may have a sexually arousing dream, called a "wet
dream." Remember, puberty is all about preparing your body for
reproduction. These sexual dreams are quite normal.
Q. I'm beginning to grow facial hair. When should I begin
A. Your face is now in constant change - and yes, the androgens are
once again hard at work - adding their hormonal content to your facial hair.
One of the first places guys begin to grow hair is under the arms and above the
upper lip. Talk to your father or a man you trust to show you how to shave, or
contact your local health professional.
Q. I noticed that I'm beginning to smell. Is it time for me to start
A. Probably so. The androgens in your body react in the blood and
change the levels of your body odor (often referred to as "B.O.").
Underarm deodorant should help with that. Also, be sure to wash yourself
thoroughly under your arms and in your private area.
Q. I'm beginning to break out and pimples are forming all over. What can
A. Androgens are to blame for the changes in the oil (sebum) content
of your skin. Acne and pimples are common for males going through puberty. If
you want to control acne, there are many options available over the counter or
by prescription. If your acne is troublesome or severe, talk with your doctor
or a dermatologist about prevention and treatment.
Puberty can be both an exciting and awkward time for teens. Emotions are
stirred all around as your body adjusts to each of these changes. Hormones are
now a driving force in your being.
Sexual activity begins to be a factor in your life now, and it is important
that you know all of the facts. Talk with your parents or a health professional
if you have any questions. The more you know about your body, the more control
you have over yourself.