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!
One Side Might Grow Faster Than the Other
Girls not only develop breasts during puberty, they start growing pubic hair and armpit hair (contrary to what the media would have us think about females' hairlessness). It's not uncommon for one breast to grow faster than the other, or for more hair to grow under one arm than the other. Both sides should eventually even out.
The Clitoris Grows
You 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.
Different Races Start Puberty at Different Ages
On 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.
It Starts in Your Brain
When your body is ready to start puberty, your brain releases a chemical called gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH). GnRH then acts on your pituitary gland, a pea-sized gland right between your eyes. The pituitary gland produces two hormones, follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH), which act on your sex organs. It's like a chain reaction of body changes!