Facts and tips on puberty in girls
Breast cancer is rare in teen aged girls but it is important to get used to checking your breasts for lumps and irregularities as soon as you start having your period. This is especially important if you have a family history of breast cancer.
Know About Your Breasts—Breasts are organs whose primary function is to produce milk for the infant and baby. They are made up mainly of fat and breast tissue, mixed with nerves, blood vessels, lymph vessels and lymph nodes, muscle tissue, and connective tissue.
Take a look at the Parts and functions of the breasts here
Bras are more than just underwear, they are necessary to keep your breasts supported and to stop injury to the breast tissue while playing sports.
During puberty breasts can develop rapidly causing discomfort, sensitivity and even stretch marks.
Starting at around age 9, girls begin to gain about 17% to 18% of their adult height. Most girls grow fastest about six months before they start their first period (menarche).
On average, boys begin going through puberty a little later than girls, usually around age 11 or 12.
Tanner stage: The process of physical change in girls at puberty is different from each person. A British doctor called Tanner proposed a scale, to describe the onset and progression of pubertal changes. The stages are called Tanner Stages. Girls are rated on a 5 point stage, for breast development and pubic hair growth. The diagram in the Physical Changes Page is a summary of the Tanner stages.
What’s good to eat?
Your body is fast developing and it needs the fuel to do so. A well-balanced diet is great at this time. (click here to see an example of foods to eat) And include lots of fresh fruit and vegies and plenty of water. Exercise! If you don’t enjoy sport, try dancing with friends. Choose something active that you enjoy - that way you’ll keep doing it. Get a good bath after exercising.
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