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About your body

Whether you’re a boy or a girl it’s important to know more about your body and explore it. Getting to know your body will help you understand it, know when something is wrong and help keep you healthy.

During puberty your body will go through some changes and it’s a good idea to know what to expect. It can be a difficult time as you’ll have lots of different feelings about your body. But don’t worry – it’s completely normal to feel this way.

Girls and young women

I’d like to find out about:

If you’re a girl you can still look at the section below on boys’ bodies and follow the links to find out more information.

Boys and young men

I’d like to find out about:

If you’re a boy you can still look at the section on girls’ bodies and follow the links to find out more information.

The information on this page will lead you to either Brook or Childline.

I’m still confused!

Who can I talk to about this stuff?

  • If you can’t find the answers here you can also Ask Brook. Ask Brook is confidential. That means they won’t tell anyone you contacted them unless they think you’re in really serious danger.
  • Childline also has a free helpline for children and young people on any issue, including your body. Friendly counsellors will take your call and listen. They won’t judge you and you won’t even need to tell them your name. Helpline: 0800 1111 (24 hours). You can also contact Childline by email or online chat.

Fact or fiction?

Everyone’s bodies go through changes at the same time during puberty.
That’s fiction! For girls puberty usually happens between 10 and 16 and for boys it’s between 12 and 18. Some start earlier, some start later, everyone is different and puberty takes different lengths of time for everyone.

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