The onset of puberty—the stage of life in which you become physically mature—is a period when you enter one of life’s greatest transitions. In a sense, you’re moving to a whole new “neighborhood.” The name of which is called Adulthood
But the move to adulthood can bring about mixed feelings, and it may not be easy for you to adapt. What happens during this thrilling, but turbulent time in your life? Consider some of them.
Puberty will have a really big effect on your appearance. For example, your skin might frequently become oily, resulting in pimples and blackheads. To have all these pimples come out can be irritating and frustrating. And what is worse? You don’t know if they’ll ever go away, or if they’ll leave scars, or if people will think less of you because you have them.
On the plus side, though, you may notice that you are becoming bigger and stronger and that your shoulders are starting to broaden. Also during puberty, hair may grow on your legs, chest, and face, as well as under your arms. It is also important for you to know that the amount of body hair you have has nothing to do with how manly you are; it’s simply a matter of heredity.
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Since not all parts of your body grow at the same rate, you may experience a degree of clumsiness at this stage. It may seem that your brain would send out a command, but your limbs would receive it a week later!
During the mid-teens, your voice deepens, but this process is gradual. For a time, rich, deep tones may be suddenly interrupted by high-pitched cracks and squeaks. Don’t worry, though. Eventually, your voice will smoothen out.
In the meantime though, don’t take these too seriously. Learning to laugh at yourself will help minimize the embarrassment.
As your reproductive system matures, your sexual organs will enlarge and hair will grow around them. They will also begin to manufacture semen. This fluid contains millions of microscopic sperm cells, which are released during sexual intercourse. A sperm is capable of fertilizing a female egg and producing a baby.
Semen builds up in your body. Some are absorbed, but from time to time, some may be released at night while you sleep. This is commonly called a wet dream. Such emissions are normal. They indicate that your reproductive system is functioning, and that you’re on your way to manhood.
As the reproductive system matures, you become aware of the opposite sex as never before, and you may find it really frustrating to deal with all these new emotions. You should realize that it’s important that you learn to control your sexual urges. As difficult as it may seem, you can choose not to act on them, and it is possible!
Have you noticed some of these changes in yourself? Do you see that it’s nothing to worry about? Are there some more questions you will like answered? Do get back to us, we would love to hear from you.