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The Stages of Puberty For Girls

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Stage 1 – ages 8-11

Although the first signs of puberty are not visible, the ovaries enlarge and hormone production begins.

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Stage 2 – ages 8-14

Breast buds usually develop first. That means a small hard lump behind one or both nipples.

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Stage 3 – ages 9-15

Breast, height and weight continue and pubic hair gets coarser and darker and also body hair gets thicker. Vaginal discharge may begin, and for some women, their period may begin.

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Stage 4 – ages 10-16

Breasts and pubic hair become more mature, and nipples and areola darken.

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Stage 5 – ages 12-19

Full height is achieved, and most girls ovulate and menstruate on a regular basis. Pubic hair has a triangular shape. Breasts and hips have reached full development.

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