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As you get older your body goes through a number of changes, called puberty, and the speed of these changes is different for everyone.
The bodies of girls and young women change a great deal between the ages of about 9 and 16 as they go through puberty.
Changes to your body will happen over time and the speed of change will be different for each person. It’s normal for people to start developing at different times so try not to compare yourself to other people the whole time. You can expect the following to happen:
It’s normal to begin to have a slight clear or milky discharge from the vagina, which keeps the vagina healthy. The amount of discharge can vary from day to day. If your discharge changes colour or consistency, if it smells bad, if there’s an unusual amount of it, or if you get itching around your vagina or a stomach pain, this may be the result of an infection, and you should talk to your doctor as soon as you can.
The bodies of boys and young men change a great deal between the ages of 10 and 18 as they go through puberty. Sexual development usually begins in boys when they are about 13 or 14.
Your penis may seem to have a mind of its own! Erections happen when you are sexually excited and often even when you aren’t. During an erection the penis grows stiff, longer and wider and sticks outwards and upwards.
You may also have ‘wet dreams’. This is when you lose semen (which is wet and mixed with sperm) from your penis during sleep. They’re totally normal and pretty much all boys and young men have them.
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