How Do Hormones Wreak Havoc on Boys during Puberty?

Learn how hormones wreak havoc in boys during puberty from Jennifer Wider, M.D. in this Howcast video.

Have you noticed all these weird changes lately? You’re getting hair in weird places, you raised your hand in class, you notice you’re soaked with sweat, you have some body odor, your voice is changing, you’re getting erections for absolutely no reason at all. All of this is called puberty and the reason that these changes are occurring are your hormones.

Let’s break down a little bit about what’s going on in your body with your hormones. When your body is ready, your pituitary gland, which is this bean shaped gland that sits at the base of your brain, sends out signals to the rest of your body and triggers all of these changes. And the hormones travel through your blood stream and talk to your testes, which are those balls that lay in the suck underneath your penis, and then they produce testosterone which is the hormone responsible for a lot of the different changes that you experience during puberty.

Also your adrenal glands kick into overdrive. You start to have BO, you start to sweat, you start to have hair in different places, and these are some of the things that are going on. You might notice these physical changes but you might also notice some emotional changes as well. Puberty changes your body but it also makes changes inside, emotionally, in your mind as well. You may have mood swings. So if you’re feeling irritable, angry, sad, happy, you change your emotion one minute and have another emotion another. This is all part of puberty, it’s normal and it’s all due to your hormones.

If you feel like your hormones are getting the better of you, here are a few things you can do. Talk to someone you trust. Your dad, your mom, a coach, a sibling, especially an older brother, someone who’s gone through this. All these changes are normal, everyone has gone through it before. Try to get enough sleep. Sometimes not getting enough sleep can make a lot of these changes that you’re experiencing feel a lot worse. So being well rested is important. Relax and recognize that everybody goes through this and you’re going to make it through, too.