Puberty for girls

Puberty can be a stressful time for teenagers. This is especially true for girls. During puberty girls' bodies undergo big physical changes. Breasts develop and body hair appears. Hips may become wider and menstruation begins. These physical changes also affect how girls think and feel about themselves. Sometimes these changes are at odds with societal messages about weight and body shape. Knowing what to expect and when to expect it can reassure you and your teenager. Here are some milestones to keep in mind.

Resource for parents: American Academy of Pediatrics (2004). Puberty information for boys and girls: Public education brochure [on-line]. Available: (April 7, 2004).