What Happens when Boys go through Puberty
Puberty starts and continues with your hormones controlling the show. Changes in your body can happen very slowly or very quickly.
Sometimes everything slows down (like when you feel like you've had the same zit in the exact same spot for a month), sometimes there are growth spurts (like when you come to school one day and realise your best friend is suddenly taller than you!).
Common Changes or Stages for Boys in Puberty are:
- The growth of body hair - on the face, armpits, pubic area, legs, arms just about everywhere gets thicker and hairier. This process takes a long time eg whilst pubic hair might happen early in puberty - chest hair might not develop till the late teens.
- Voice Changes
- growth of testicles and penis
- Shoulders broaden, hips narrow
The development stages in the table above are intended as guidelines only. Each person is unique and will develop at their own pace and at their own time.
Thanks to Geoff Price and Allen & Unwin for allowing us to reproduce this graph. Taken from the Book Puberty boy by Geoff Price
Written by Nadia MacLeod