Bumps in the Road
Most adults associate romance and sex, so if the first thing you think about when you hear the word ‘romance’, is sex, no worries, you are not alone. Welcome to some of the few pages on this site that is going to talk about sex, puberty, and development as openly as possible. If you have already a conversation about these topics with your parents, great-the information provided will only reinforce what you already know. Tell them about this website as well. If for some reason, you do not talk about sex, growth, and development with your parents, we hope you find these pages informative, but still tell your parents about this website.
Developing physically and emotionally from childhood to adulthood isn’t easy. You go through so many different changes, from school and friends, to the ways in which you socialize. For example, your birthday celebration at 10 is different from your celebration at 15 or 20 years old. Discovering about sexuality, your own and other people's, and discovering what it means to you is a key part of becoming an adult.
Although everyone is different, we all go through puberty and adolescence. Some reach puberty at 10 or 11 years while others do not experience it until they are 15 or 16, or maybe even later. Because men and women’s physical bodies differ, there are gender differences too. Puberty may be both confusing and frustrating. Anyone who has risen to a pimple on their face, or been confused by the opposite sex knows that. Coping with the physical changes may be both exciting and embarrassing, for both boys and girls, while the emotional changes can seem a bit perplexing. Teenagers may also feel self conscious and worried about what others will think of
them, at times
The changes occurr in everyone, but they begin at different times. Generally the changes start later for boys than girls. In some people they start before the age of 10. Other people will only start to change after the age of 14. The changes also take place at a different rate in different people. In some people all the changes take place in a 2 year period of time. In other people they can take as long as 4 -5 years. Puberty begins when extra amounts of chemicals called hormones start to be produced in the body. These hormones guide the changes that take place in the body. Men and women have hormones that are the same, but men produce more testosterone and women produce more estrogen. As well as causing physical changes, these hormones also cause emotional changes to occur.