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Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Male Puberty

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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

    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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    Erections Happen at Inconvenient Times

    It's a myth that guys think about sex every seven seconds. When boys start to get erections while going through puberty, it's doesn't necessarily mean they're thinking about sex every time they have one. It could just be that they have a surge of testosterone which the body is still adjusting to.
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    It Starts in the Brain

    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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    Some Guys Get Breast Swelling

    About two thirds of boys will develop swelling underneath their nipples when they go through puberty, which causes the appearance of breast development. It can last for a few years, but there's no need to panic; it will eventually go away.
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