The first big change in a girl’s life can be stressful. Learn what to expect so you can be prepared.

One of the first life changes a woman will go through is her growth and maturation during puberty. For most girls this change takes place between ages 9 and 15.

So, what is the first signal that your body may have begun to go through puberty? In girls, the first sign is breast development, and with this you may experience some discomfort and tenderness in the breasts.

Following this initial breast development the body begins to grow more hair (in the pubic area and armpits). Also, acne may develop as the skin begins to deal with this influx of hormones.

Finally, menstruation begins and you have your first period.

It is important to know that not all girls follow the exact same pattern during puberty. You and your friends may be developing at very different paces. However, if you feel that you are not following the typical pattern of development, you can always visit our offices and discuss your changes with your doctor.

When these changes begin to occur, it is recommended that you have your first visit with a gynecologist. At Women’s Health Professionals we want to help you take charge of your health from the start!

Our practice offers the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine which is used to help prevent cervical cancer and some types of genital warts. Please note that the vaccine is not a treatment for cervical cancer or other symptoms. The Center for Disease Control recommends that girls get the 3-shot series around age 10 or 14.