What is puberty? Well, it's essentially the process of transitioning from a child body to an adult body. Girl puberty involves a complex process where hormones interact with each other and stimulate different organs and organ systems.This list includes everything you need to know about female puberty. Even if you've already been through it, lots of these facts may surprise you. You may think you know basically what happens when girls go through puberty, but you probably don't know the how or the why. If you want to know more about the way a woman goes through puberty, keep reading!
The Hymen Becomes More ElasticThe hymen is a small piece of tissue that partly covers the opening of the vagina. During puberty, it becomes more elastic. Contrary to popular belief, the hymen is not supposed to break during sexual intercourse. When a woman becomes sexually aroused, the hymen stretches, and if it does tear, it heals quickly.Did this surprise you?
The Clitoris GrowsYou might think of the clitoris as the female version of the penis (or vice versa). Just like a boy's penis grows during puberty, girls' clitorises also grow. The change isn't as noticeable as it is with boys, but it's still significant.Did this surprise you?
Menstruation Starts... And Might StopIt is normal for a girl to get her first period, and then go six months without getting another one. It can take several years for her menstrual cycle to get on a consistent schedule.Did this surprise you?
Different Races Start Puberty at Different AgesOn average, African American girls start puberty earliest, and Asian girls living in high-altitudes start the latest. Scientists do not believe these differences are due to genetics. Most likely, they are the result of differences in diet and average weight.Did this surprise you?