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Puberty

uberty is the period when a person develops from a child into an adult. It is the time when the physical development of the secondary sexual characteristics begins.

What is Puberty?

Puberty is a natural process of physical and sexual maturation that occurs during adolescence. It is a period of significant changes that transform a child’s body into that of an adult. Puberty is driven by hormonal changes, primarily the release of sex hormones such as estrogen and testosterone.

The onset of puberty varies among individuals but generally occurs between the ages of 8 and 14 in girls and between 9 and 16 in boys. The first signs of puberty in girls usually include breast development and the onset of menstruation (menarche), while boys typically experience testicular and penile growth, as well as the deepening of their voices.

In addition to these primary sexual characteristics, secondary sexual characteristics also develop during puberty. These include the growth of pubic and underarm hair, changes in body shape, increased sweat production, and the development of facial hair in boys.

Puberty is not limited to physical changes; it also involves emotional, cognitive, and social development. Adolescents may experience mood swings, increased interest in romantic and sexual relationships, and the development of their own identity separate from their family. It is a period of self-discovery and exploration.

It is important to note that puberty can vary widely among individuals in terms of timing, duration, and intensity. If you have specific questions or concerns about puberty, it’s recommended to consult a healthcare professional or trusted adult who can provide accurate information and support.

Teenage pregnancy and its consequences

Puberty is the period when a person develops from a child into an adult. It is the time when the physical development of the secondary sexual characteristics begins. This is the period when boys and girls experience a swift increase in body size, and change in shape, or composition of the body. Hormones are responsible for the Physical and emotional changes in the body. For girls, the hormone that starts puberty is  allergies Oestrogen, while the hormone that starts puberty is called testosterone

The Physiological changes that occur in boys at puberty include:

  1. Development of broad chest and shoulders
  2. Development of deep voice
  3. Enlargement of penis and testicles
  4. Development of strong bones and muscles
  5. Growth of public hair, armpit hair
  6. Constant erection and wet dream

Physiological changes that occur in girls at puberty include;

  1. Growth and development of breast
  2. Beginning of monthly period (menstruation)
  3. Development of wide hips and a narrow waistline
  4. Growth of hair in the armpit and pubic area
  5. Enlargement of the uterus; and
  6. development of a high-pitch tiny voice.

Teenage  pregnancy and its consequences

The teenage is usually between 13 and 19 years. This is when the body is beginning to mature. The willingness to take risks during puberty is so high and very dangerous. The start of the monthly period (discharge) in girls means that pregnancy can occur any time she decided to engage in unprotected sex for whatever reason.

The consequences of teenage pregnancy are;

  1. It can lead to interruption in studies
  2. It can destroy the teenager’s future ambition
  3. It can lead to frustration, depression, and unhappiness
  4. It can lead to prostitution, drug abuse if she is not well catered for
  5. Abortion, if not properly done, can destroy the womb making the teenage girl childless in future

Assignment

  1. Outline three health implications of unprotected sex

See also

CONTRIBUTIONS OF SOME PROFESSIONALS TO PHYSICAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION IN NIGERIA

NIGERIAN SPORTS HEROES AND HEROINE

Officials, Equipment, Facilities, and Safety Rules in Combined Events

COMBINED EVENTS

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