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How to Cope with Puberty

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How To Cope With Puberty


Question 1.

When your body reaches a certain age, your brain releases a special hormone that starts the changes of puberty. It's called gonadotropin-releasing hormone, or GnRH for short. When GnRH reaches your hypothalamus and pituitary gland in your brain, it triggers a special chemical called testosterone (for boys) and oestrogen (for girls). This is a part of your life when you become sexually mature, this can happen between 9 to 13 for girls and 11 to 15 for boys.

Question 2.

a. Males: You start to grow facial hair, your voice becomes deeper and you get erections and nocturnal emissions (informally know as ‘wet dreams’).

Females: Your breasts and nipples get larger, you start your periods (menstruation) and your hips get wider.

b. The pituitary gland is the source of hormones. It causes these changes by controlling the hormones throughout your body. The anterior pituitary gland produces the following hormones and releases them into the bloodstream; adrenocorticotropic hormone, which stimulates the adrenal glands to secrete steroid hormones and the growth hormone, which regulates growth, metabolism and body composition.

c. The male hormone that starts puberty is testosterone and the female hormone that starts puberty is oestrogen.

d. A change that would be hard to deal with for a female would be most definitely be, is periods. I chose menstruation because I know how to makes a girl feel, this is because I had a girl friend who kept talking about this kind of thing and said that it affects your mood a lot and it can be very embarrassing when going into the public and the period bleeds through your pants. A change that would be hard for a male to deal with would probably be voice change, (according to my dad). Currently I am going through puberty and it is annoying because every time I try to say something loud my voice becomes really high and squeaky and my friends start laughing but it's really annoying because I can't do anything about it. And when I talk normally my voice is deep. And sometimes it is really hoarse and I sound like I’m sick.

Question 3.

a. One responsibility would be personal hygiene, and the second would be to maintain a healthy diet.

b. You have to keep yourself clean because when you are going through puberty, because a chemical in your body releases and because of it, it causes your sweat to start to smell bad. And especially for girls to stay clean ‘down there’ because if not kept clean it can start to smell like fish. To keep clean you can take showers twice a day, one in the morning and one in the evening. And make sure to wash your face daily to stop acne and to feel fresh and not groggy. The second responsibility you have to endure through is to keep a healthy diet, because if you don’t it can cause ‘break outs’. Which pretty much are when a lot of pimples appear on face, upper back, upper chest and shoulders. This is because of excessive oil production on your body, to reduce that you must eat cooling food, non-spicy foods and non-oily foods.



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