What is puberty? / Puberty for boys
Adolescence means that when your body starts to grow and change, you start to grow older. During puberty, changes are very common and the body begins to produce specific hormones in girls and boys. Physical changes in puberty in girls and boys can also be observed in girls and boys having sexual feelings and your moods and emotions change.
As you begin to grow older, learn about what to expect when you start puberty, from body hair to puberty. Also Read –Puberty for girls.
When does puberty begin?
• Don’t worry if your body changes sooner or later than your friends because there is no set age for puberty. For girls, puberty often occurs between the ages of 9 and 15. Boys typically hit puberty between 11 and 16 years old.
• Remember that changes happen over time. Everybody’s body is different so some will develop very quickly and some will develop slowly. Your first signs of puberty may be different from your friends.
Puberty in boys – What are the stages and changes in the body?
• As the boy approaches puberty, his penis grows thicker and taller, and his testicles move down his testicle. Sometimes one testicle grows faster than the other, and it is natural to hang low on one another.
Step 1 describes the appearance of a child before the physical signs of puberty appear. At the end of Phase 1, the brain begins to send signals to the body to prepare for changes.
• The hypothalamus begins to release gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GNRH). GnRH travels to the pituitary gland, a small area of the brain that makes up hormones that regulate other glands in the body.
• The pituitary gland also produces two other hormones: luteinizing hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH).
• These early signs usually begin after the girl’s 8th birthday and the boy’s 9th or 10th birthday. There are no noticeable physical changes for boys or girls at this stage.
Phase 2 initiates physical development. Hormones start sending signals throughout the body.
• In boys, puberty usually begins at age 11. The testicles and skin around the testicle (testicle) begin to grow larger. Also, early stages of pubic hair can form on the base of the penis.
Physical changes are becoming more apparent.
• Physical changes in boys usually begin at age 13. These changes include:
• As the testicles become larger, the penis becomes larger.
• Breast can begin to form under some breast tissue nipples (this happens to some teenage boys during development and usually goes away within a few years).
• Boys begin to have wet dreams (ejaculation at night).
• When the voice starts to shift, it may “crack” from high to low pitches.
• The muscles get bigger.
• Growth height increases from 2 to 3.2 inches per year.
Puberty is in full swing. Boys and girls are noticing much change.
In boys, stage 4 usually starts at age 14. Changes:
• The testicles, penis and testicle continue to grow larger and the testicle darker.
• Armpit hair begins to grow.
• The deep voice of the voice changes forever.
• Acne can begin to appear.
This last step marks the end of your child’s physical maturity.
In boys, stage 5 usually starts at age 15. Changes:
• The penis, testicles, and testicles have reached adult size.
• Hair filled with pubic hair and spread to inner thighs.
• Facial hair begins to leak and some guys may need to start shaving.
• Slow growth in height, but the muscles may still be growing.
• 18 Most boys reach full growth at the age of 18 years.
Other changes for boys
• Pubic hair begins to grow at the base of your penis and lower abdomen, over your scrotum and below your armpits.
• You start growing facial hair – how much and how quickly it changes.
• Voice Your voice starts to get deeper, also known as ‘breaking breaking link’.
• For some boys, this happens quickly and for others, it may take time.
• It is common to experience excess body sweat and most guys start using deodorant.
• Most boys begin to have spots.
• Growth grows rapidly from time to time.
• New feelings and emotions in adulthood
It is very common to start to think too much about sex during puberty, and many people start exploring and even touching their bodies. This is called masturbation. It may seem strange when you start it, but masturbation is a very natural way of making you feel good and there is nothing to be ashamed of.
Some people are attracted to the same sex, the opposite sex, or both. Others may not attract anyone. This is certainly common, and you should not worry about it. Some people find their sexuality at a very young age, puberty, or even adulthood – which is even better.