As early as the puberty stage, a woman’s body goes through so many internal and external physical modifications. Compared to men, physical changes in women are more visible. While all women are conformed to experience the similar physical appearance alterations, the way it affects a person’s body and the way it appears may still vary.
Hence, an individual is subjected to go through observable changes. Only that, some has it obvious and some has it not. This is where the similarities and differences of these physical shifts may vary.
In this article, we will discuss the most common changes in a woman’s body throughout her teen and adolescent life. The differing phenomena will also be tackled as this article aims to expound the reasons behind similar observable changes yet different way of execution and timing.
This article will also include little to normal amount of facts about boys’ development as it is a crucial development and standard when tackling puberty.
Observable Changes In Women
Here are the most common observable changes a person can notice either developing or decreasing in a woman’s body, physical edition:
- Body Mass – Your hips will enlarge, and your physique will get curvier. Depending on your age, your height will also typically rise.
- Acne – You might get acne. The face, neck, shoulders, upper back, and chest are the most common places for these skin lumps to appear. These lumps could be cysts, pimples, blackheads, or whiteheads. Teenagers with acne experience hormonal changes during puberty.
- Breast Growth – The initial stage of breast development is known as “budding.” The breasts can occasionally vary in size. During this time, the breasts could feel sensitive. This is typical, but if you are concerned, talk to your doctor.
- Hair Growth – The hair on your legs and arms will darken, and hair will start to grow in the pubic region and beneath your arms.
- Vaginal Discharge – You may start to get a clear or whitish discharge from your vagina. This is a normal, natural self-cleaning process.
- Periods – Your monthly cycles will begin. Periods are a natural aspect of the monthly cycle in which the uterine lining (womb) thickens to prepare the body for conception. If a pregnancy has not occurred, the lining is lost over a few days once a month.
- Period Irregularity – Even though periods work as a cycle, that cycle can take different amounts of time each month. For example, you might get your period after 24 days one month and after 42 days the next. These are called irregular periods. Irregular periods are very common, especially in the first few years of getting your period.
- Period Pain – Just before or at the beginning of your period, you can start to experience pain or cramps. Exercise, applying a hot water bottle to the stomach, or taking over-the-counter pain relievers may be helpful. Visit a physician if the pain becomes unbearable.
Here, on the other hand, are the emotional changes a woman undergoes as a female reaches puberty. Sometimes, the emotional changes that come with puberty come before the physical ones. As they enter puberty, many young people want to be more in charge of their life.
You can discover that you are
- having a stronger sense of who you are
- beginning to develop a sexual interest in others.
- having mood, energy, and sleep pattern issues.
At this time, emotional difficulties could include:
- adjusting to a changing body and feeling self-conscious about one’s appearance
- getting upset and frustrated when you can’t do what you want to.
You must go through these emotional upheavals in order to develop your own moral identity and ideals.
Nevertheless, it is important to be aware that not all women have a similar sense or way of harboring these physical and emotional changes. A lot of factors may put the development at risk. For example, oftentimes, girls normally get their period around 12-14 years old. But for certain instances, some girls get them either younger or older than 12 to 14 years old. Some girls may develop larger boobs and wider hips than some. A few may get taller while the others may stay the same. Yet they all experience puberty.
Similarities and Differences In Observable Changes
In both genders, it is possible to be the smallest in your class. In the same way that boys who grow sooner may feel unusual if they shave first or females who have their periods before their friends may feel strange, shorter boys and girls may feel out of step with their peers.
Teens who are little are typically merely physically maturing a little slower than their friends, in most circumstances. Or perhaps they inherited their parents’ low stature. However, there are occasionally medical causes for why some people grow more slowly than usual. In times like these, different observable changes differ from one person to another.
Normal Growth of Teens
Puberty and growth occur at different times for children and teenagers. Puberty typically starts for girls between the ages of 7 and 13. For men, it typically starts later, between 9 and 15.
Girls’ hips round out further, and their breasts start to form. Girls often start menstruating, or getting their periods, about two years following the development of their breasts. Guys’ penises and testicles enlarge, while both sexes develop hair in the pubic region and beneath the arms. Guys have larger muscles, start to develop facial hair, and develop deeper voices. Both boys and girls experience growth spurts during puberty.
Hindrances of Growth
Some teenagers mature far more quickly than their peers (called precocious puberty). Some people may mature much more slowly than others their age. We refer to this as delayed puberty. Due to the fact that women have more physical changes, the different observable changes are usually much more visible in them.
For a variety of reasons, children and teenagers may not develop as quickly as their classmates. You can simply have familial (genetic) short stature if you’re short. In other words, children of short parents typically grow up to be short. You can definitely anticipate growing to a typical size, though you might be slightly shorter than usual, if a doctor detects that you are developing consistently and reaching sexual maturity at the appropriate age.
When they are younger, adolescents with constitutional growth delays develop normally, but they lag behind and begin their pubertal development and their growth spurt later than most of their classmates. The term “late bloomers” is frequently used to describe people with constitutional growth delays.
A doctor may take wrist X-rays and compare them with average wrist X-rays for that age to see if a child or adolescent has constitutional development delay. Bones in adolescents with constitutional growth delays appear younger than would be expected given their age. These adolescents will have a late growth spurt and continue to expand and mature until an advanced age. By the time they reach young adulthood, they usually catch up with their classmates.
Teenagers may experience growth issues for different causes. The body produces hormones that regulate growth. Growth can be impacted by a variety of endocrine system illnesses. Dwarfism is a disorder that can also result in very small stature. The growth of bones and cartilage is abnormal in dwarfs. The arms and legs are often short and appear out of proportion to the rest of the body in many types of dwarfism. The majority of the time, there is no known cause of growth hormone insufficiency. Or, some teenagers may just have low levels of important nutrients like protein, energy, and calories. Some people may just be maturing slowly.
In either case, it’s crucial to speak with your doctors. The growth patterns in your family will also be examined by your doctor. Different observable changes in women and men are normal but it is important to keep track of the reason why.