Changes, changes, changes – changes everywhere! Puberty is very much that phase where you “turn and face the strange.” Your body goes from being a familiar and consistent safe haven to a distant, hormonal unbalanced machine overnight, and no one gives you the instruction manual for how to operate the wretched thing! You go from being cool as a cucumber to irrational and inexplicably moody with a knee-jerk reaction.
It can be a confusing time for you. You can observe and experience a number of bodily changes and are often unable to make sense of it. The thing is there is no rule book for puberty, and it looks different for each and every person. It also affects males and females differently.
During this weird time many have some crazy ideas about what happens during this awkward phase.
Here are some most common myths about puberty:
- Myth: Greasy Food Causes Acne
Many of us are told that it’s our unhealthy teen diet that causes those red spots, but acne is primarily caused by the body reacting to changing hormones.
- Myth: Menstruation is the beginning of puberty
Getting your period actually occurs about 18 months to two years after puberty begins. Girls will typically get their first cycle before turning 13, but this varies in everyone
- Myth: Don’t use menstrual cups in initial years after puberty
Menstrual cups are available in variety of sizes and adolescents can easily and safely use smaller ones.
- Myth: Breasts won’t grow after the beginning of period
Actually, breasts never really stop growing, though they do develop late until your teens or even adulthood.
- Myth: Something is wrong if you don’t gain height soon after puberty hits.
The growth period for everyone varies. It is not anything to worry about if you are not as tall as your classmates, or if you don’t have muscles. Boys normally see an increase in height between the age of 12 to 16 or 18, while for girls, it’s normally between 9 to 15.
- Myth: It’s not possible to get pregnant on your period
While it’s not likely you’ll get pregnant during your menstrual cycle, it is definitely not impossible. In fact, women are fertile on the days leading up to and around ovulation and the lifespan of sperm make it possible to get pregnant.