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What is puberty?

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Puberty is a time of sexual growth and development. It's when your body starts to change and you begin to look more like a grown-up. Boys start to look like young men. Girls start to look more womanly.

Puberty is a normal and natural event. It's an important step towards becoming an adult.

Your mom, dad, or your doctor may say you're "going through" puberty. That's because puberty actually refers to several changes that happen over a few years. Other times, people say you've "hit" puberty.

From: Guys' FAQ About Puberty WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.Org: "Puberty: What to Expect When Your Child Goes Through Puberty."

HealthyChildren.org: "What's Happening to My Body?" "Physical Development of School Age Children."

Child Growth Foundation: "Puberty and Tanner Stages."

KidsHealth.org: "Causes of Precocious Puberty."

HealthyChildren.org: "Stages of Puberty."

Massachusetts General Hospital for Children: "Puberty."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 22, 2017

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SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.Org: "Puberty: What to Expect When Your Child Goes Through Puberty."

HealthyChildren.org: "What's Happening to My Body?" "Physical Development of School Age Children."

Child Growth Foundation: "Puberty and Tanner Stages."

KidsHealth.org: "Causes of Precocious Puberty."

HealthyChildren.org: "Stages of Puberty."

Massachusetts General Hospital for Children: "Puberty."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 22, 2017

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