Puberty is one of the most perplexing myths for emerging and clueless teenagers of both sexes. However, the situation tends to differ from male to female; hence, the ways to tackle the situation are also pretty dissimilar. However, puberty for boys is the maturing years of a child’s life when his body, postures and physique undergo certain transformations which enable his transition from youth to adulthood/manhood.

Why Are Girls Taller Than Me?

Well, girls get a head start on puberty — and grow taller — because they usually start these changes earlier, between the ages of 8 and 13. Most boys, on the other hand, don’t begin until between the ages of 9 and 14. Thus, girls are often taller than boys during that time.

Most boys may catch up — and even grow taller than girls. But it’s also important to remember that your genetics play a role in your height. So if your mom and dad are tall, you’re more likely to be tall. And if your mom and dad are kind of short, you may be short, too. But nothing is definite.

What’s Up With Body Hair?

Body hair really gets going during puberty. Some boys will start to notice hair growing on their face around the chin, on the cheeks, and above the lip. Also, hair grows on the chest, the armpits, and even down there in the pubic region. Remember that there’s nothing to worry about, because hair is just one of the body’s many ways of telling you that you are on your way to manhood.

Do I Smell?

You probably know what sweat is, but did you know that it’s also called perspiration? Perspiration is released out of your skin through tiny holes called pores when your body gets hot.

Your body is set up to maintain a temperature of 98.6°F (37°C). If you get hotter than that, your body doesn’t like it, so then your body sweats. The sweat comes out of the skin, then evaporates (this means it turns from a liquid to a vapor) into the air, which cools you down. Sometimes this sweat or wetness can be smelly, and create body odor (sometimes called BO). During puberty, your hormones are working all the time, which explains why you sweat a lot and, well, sometimes smell.

Do I Think About Girls Too Much or Not Enough?

Every boy has his own likes and dislikes. In addition, during puberty, some boys are very friendly with girls while others might be nervous about talking to girls. Thinking about someone you like is a normal process of puberty. And if you feel like you don’t like any girls, that’s fine, too. Eventually, you may find someone who makes you feel giddy inside. Only time will tell.

So why do you feel this way? The hormones in your body are becoming more active. As a result, you’re starting to have more feelings. These feelings can confuse you and may leave you scared. This is natural, because you are going through a new phase in your life.

Talking with a friend or an older person like your brother or sister might help you be less confused. Older people sometimes have more experience than you, so they can be good people to go to for advice.

When Will I Get Muscles?

During puberty, some boys might become worried about their bodies after seeing what some of their friends look like. For instance, lots of boys are concerned about their muscles. You may have already noticed some boys starting to get chest muscles (called the pectoralis muscles or pecs for short). Others may have broad shoulders (the deltoids, or delts for short). Other boys might still be slimmer and smaller.

Remember that puberty happens on its own schedule, so there’s no rushing it if you’re a little slower to develop muscles. Maybe you’ve considered lifting weights to help yourself get bigger. It’s important to know that if you haven’t quite reached puberty, this will help tone your muscles, but it won’t build up any muscles yet.

By Olga Gomez, MD

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