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Everyone goes through puberty. It's usually not fun, and it might not feel like something to celebrate, but there are all sorts of exciting changes happening inside the body. Even if you've already been through puberty and you basically know what happens, you might not know the process behind it. Male puberty facts can help men everywhere get more comfortable with the way their bodies work.

When do boys go through puberty? You may be surprised to learn that the average age for puberty has been getting younger and younger. Or that men and women have the same hormones in their bodies (men just have more testosterone). This list is full of interesting facts about puberty for boys. There are changes above and beneath the skin, and there are processes under way that you might not necessarily learn in health class.

Read these interesting facts about puberty, and prepare to be amazed by the capabilities of the human body.
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The Foreskin Becomes Retractable


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If a boy is not circumcised, his foreskin will usually remain fused to the head of his penis, or remain too tight to be pulled back until he reaches puberty. When a boy's genitals change throughout puberty, the foreskin will separate and widen and become retractable.
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It Starts in the Brain


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Way before the body changes, the brain starts releasing signals letting the rest of you know that it's time. When a boy reaches a certain age, his brain starts releasing a hormone called gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH). When GnRH hits the pituitary gland, a pea-sized gland right between the eyes, the pituitary releases follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH), which act on the reproductive organs.
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Boys and Girls Have the Same Hormones


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Obviously, boys' and girls' bodies develop differently, but the hormones that facilitate that development are actually more similar than you'd think. Boys and girls product GnRH, FSH, and LH, and the latter two hormones act on both the ovaries and the testes. Both male and female reproductive organs produce estrogen and testosterone, but the testes produce much more testosterone and only a little estrogen.
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The Testes Start Growing First


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The first change that boys usually notice when they go through puberty is that their testicles get bigger. This is because the testicles have to start producing testosterone in order for all the other changes of puberty to happen. Some time after the testicles start growing, the penis will start growing as well.