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How do I know when puberty has started for me?
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Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Changes will happen
For a boy, first there is enlargement of the penis and testicles, then a bit of pubic hair and hair on the upper lip.
Maybe acne. For girls, first come the breast buds, then a bit of pubic hair. Maybe acne. For both sexes, the onset of puberty is accompanied by the biggest growth spurt since babyhood.

In brief: Changes will happen
For a boy, first there is enlargement of the penis and testicles, then a bit of pubic hair and hair on the upper lip.
Maybe acne. For girls, first come the breast buds, then a bit of pubic hair. Maybe acne. For both sexes, the onset of puberty is accompanied by the biggest growth spurt since babyhood.
Dr. Bryan Levey
Dr. Bryan Levey
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: May not notice early
Testicular enlargement in males & hip widening in females are often cited as the earliest ques that puberty is starting.
A bit of armpit odor or darkening pubic hair can arise from hormones of the adrenal gland & can predate true puberty by a year or more in both sexes.Breast buds in females & penile/scrotal changes are often the first signs noticed by kids. The journey can be short <3y or >7y.

In brief: May not notice early
Testicular enlargement in males & hip widening in females are often cited as the earliest ques that puberty is starting.
A bit of armpit odor or darkening pubic hair can arise from hormones of the adrenal gland & can predate true puberty by a year or more in both sexes.Breast buds in females & penile/scrotal changes are often the first signs noticed by kids. The journey can be short <3y or >7y.
Dr. James Ferguson
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