Puberty

Monday, December 22, 2014

Puberty is the process of physical changes by which a childs body matures into an adult body. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the process and some of the changes that occur in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Puberty describes the time in life when the body matures sexually and the reproductive organs become functional.

Its caused by a release of the sex hormones testosterone and oestrodiol in the body.

Puberty causes a number of changes to occur which can be categorized as:

Physical changes, including rapid growth spurts, the development of breasts in girls and an increase in penis size in boys

Psychological changes, which can cause teenagers to become moody, self-conscious and aggressive, and

Behavioral changes, which can cause some teenagers to experiment with new and potentially risky activities, such as smoking, drinking, alcohol and sex

Theres no set age when puberty starts. The age at which puberty begins and the rate of development differs between individuals.

Most girls begin puberty at 8 to 14 years of age, with 11 the average age. Girls develop quicker than boys.

Boys tend to develop later than girls. Most boys begin puberty at 9 to 14 years of age, with 12 the average age.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.