What Are the Ages & Stages of Puberty for Girls?

Learn the age that girls go through puberty and the stages of puberty they experience from Jennifer Wider, M.D. in this Howcast video.

So, you’re changing for gym class, and you notice that everyone around you is wearing training bras, but you’re not and you’re feeling kind of embarassed. Or, you go to a sleepover party and all the girls are talking about how relieved they are that they don’t have pubic hair yet, but you’ve already started developing it and you’re feeling embarassed, too.

Puberty is a time of change. And a lot of stuff is going on in your body and it occurs at all different times for different people and it’s all normal. I promise you something. Even if you start later or earlier, everyone is eventually going to catch up. So there’s no need to feel embarassed or upset about what’s going on. It’s all a normal part of the process.

Here’s a look at what’s going on during puberty if you’re a girl. One of the first stages is that your breasts start to develop, and that occurs around the age of eight or ten. But, of course, it can occur earlier or later for some girls. The next thing that happens is you’ll notice some pubic hair, and that’s hair in your genital region that will start off sort of thin and soft at first and may get dark and curlier as you get older.

The next thing is that you experience a growth spurt. And for girls, you may sprout up a few inches, you may gain a little weight, and you may notice that your body is becoming a bit curvier. All of this is normal. About two to two and a half years after your breasts start to develop you may get your first period. And that’s when you start to bleed every month and that’s a normal part of puberty also.

Different changes that can occur after that are hair growth. You may notice the hair on your legs or your arms getting darker or thicker. Totally normal. Also, hair may start to grow underneath your armpits. This is normal, too. In addition, you might develop oily hair and a little bit of acne. That is a normal part of puberty, too.

Just remember, we’ve all been through this, too. And you will make it through and become a happy and healthy woman.