How do you know if you're in puberty?

We have two puberty questions today. Too bad puberty comes on its own schedule. And it's not like you get a letter in the mail that says, "Congratulations! You've started puberty!" These girls want to know how you tell when you're in it.

Dear PLS,
how do you tell if you are actually in puberty? i have hair down there and under my arms, small but developing breasts, and b.o. have i hit puberty? thanks, i love pls!
ccmay, 10


Dear PLS,
I've had boobs for a year plus+. I have hair down there , but i don't have armpit hair unless you count really fine hairs.

The thing is i'm not sure if i exactly i have discharge .im pretty sure it is not pee though, i have never peed on my myself know it is see threw, i saw it was suppose to be stickyish or atleast that what that was what it says on this really helpful website for questions:

So I think my period could be coming within a year or 2.Especially since my mom & cousin had hers at 10 and my sister & cousin at 12 so and i'm 11!

Next year i'm going to middle school and if it happens with in the next 2 years i want to be prepared.the thing is when i talk to mom say like discharge because i'm still "confused" tehee, she says it is like sweat. I'm scared to ask my sister. what if she ends up talking to my mom then she'll think i know to much.


Here's the answer, girls! Puberty starts for girls with breast buds - swelling in the chest that is the start of grownup breasts. Girls also get hair under their arms and in the pubic area (in other words, down there). Discharge is another sign. These changes, leading up to a girl's first period, can start between ages 8 and 13 and takes several years to complete.

Read more about it here!

All About Puberty
What's Discharge?

Have I missed anything Pink Locker girls? When did you know puberty started for you?

Think pink!


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Anonymous Icygirl;) said...

Ok. I am 11 and I have hair 'down there' and leg hairs that are black and curly. I shave my legs. I wear a size 34A bra but I dont have B.O. Ive been into puberty since I was 10. Just remember everyone enters puberty at there own time!

June 14, 2012 at 2:12 AM  
Anonymous Emma said...

That pretty much sums it up. And for Kat0427 it is good that you talked to your mom, some other girls are too afraid. But, you shouldn't be afraid to ask your sister. If your mom thinks you know too much, so what! It's fine for you to know. If you do have discharge, you don't know too much by knowing what it is! Then again, it is awkward when your mom thinks things like that, I know it isn't an easy situation. But, hopefully, you can either ask your sister, look it up in the link that Jemma put on or get some feedback from the girls on here and the problem will all make sense. <3 Emma

PS I do think it might be discharge from your description and I agree with your guess of when your period might come. Good luck!

June 14, 2012 at 7:30 AM  
Anonymous bunnygurl16 said...

i knew i had started puberty when other girls made unkind comments about my breasts growing 'too fast' for my age when we were getting changed for PE and that is when i realised my breasts WERE actually growing! the mean girls were sorted out though and i got my period a couple of months later so it all ended happily ever after!


well sort of anyway, my period can be annoying...


He He!

June 14, 2012 at 1:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear emma ,thanks emma you really gave me more confidence(breath of relaxation) but now my talking with family now i still cant talk to my mom except for emotions(so u guess i am one of those girls who are kinda scared of there mom) but now i talk to my sister she told me i could tell her anything!i still talk to my cousins though.thanks for the help your a great person for advice.

June 14, 2012 at 5:47 PM  
Anonymous ccmay said...

thank you so much for answering my question!

June 14, 2012 at 5:54 PM  
Anonymous ccmay said...

oh, and kat0427, i have the exact same stuff1 i dont think its sweat, because tis all little white-ish. im too afraid to talk to my mum, so good for you!!

June 14, 2012 at 5:57 PM  
Anonymous MK said...

Help! I have a friend whos 12 but acts like shes 15! Sh flirts WAY to much, dressy like a teen, and keeps saying "I wish I had a boyfriend". Only thing about her that isnt like a 15 year old is that shes annoying to. Any advice?

June 15, 2012 at 4:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is just her either she will end up changing cuz it is a faze or that is just her.

June 15, 2012 at 7:29 PM  
Anonymous Twigs said...

Do you know like about how long you should have your discharge before your period? I had my discharge for about 7 months now.

June 16, 2012 at 11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not really sure when I started puberty but it was probably when I was 11. I just got my period when I was 12 and now I just turned 13! Hope that helps!

June 16, 2012 at 4:20 PM  
Anonymous Cristina said...

Wow this answer all my questions because everything there talking about I hav all those things happening to my body right now

June 16, 2012 at 7:15 PM  
Anonymous lalala said...

i have this friend who really wants a boyfriend. She'll say she likes this person and then hang around them heaps then she'll ask them out. they say no so she says she likes another person. she asks them out they say no and she says she likes ANOTHER person! she flirts with WAY too many guys! is this wrong? how can i tell her its wrong?
it gets annoying and people are saying mean things about her because of what she does!

June 17, 2012 at 1:03 AM  
Anonymous rainbowchickenmoustachecheesepielove said...

my mum and sister got their periods at 15. i am 14 and i only have size 10A boobs, i have underarm hair and hair down there, i am also getting oilier and i have grown taller. I'm taller than my older sister and she's 2 years older than me!! I have also had discharge for about 2 and a half years!!!

when is my period coming?

June 17, 2012 at 1:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's discharge?

June 17, 2012 at 8:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ the anonymous who asked what discharge is, discharge is this clear- white stuff that is kind of like petroleum jelly. Discharge usually comes about 6 months to 2yeaers

June 17, 2012 at 12:11 PM  
Anonymous Carina said...

Hi Anonymous (What's discharge?),
Discharge is a fluid that is typically white or yellow that a girl may see in her panties between the ages of eight and thirteen. It is a signal as to when a girl may have her first menstrual period, and the first time you get your discharge determines how long you will have to wait to get your first period. The time is usually between six months to two years. When discharge comes out, it kind of feels as if you are peeing in your panties because it is a fluid.
I hope I did not creep you out too much. I am totally sorry if I did!

June 17, 2012 at 6:52 PM  
Anonymous Emma said...

Thanks Kat0427! Glad I could help.

June 19, 2012 at 8:53 AM  
Anonymous Holly Hoola :P said...

I'm 11 turning 12 in 3 months and going into grade 7. I've had hair down there and on my legs and under my arms since I was like 8 1/2. I wear a 40b sized bra and I'm in grade 6! I also got my period last december and I have mood swings sometimes. I'm also 5'3 and almost 5'4. I am definitely an early bloomer. You can tell if you're in puberty because your body starts changing all of a sudden like how Carina described it. It's pretty scary for some people but totally exciting for others. It was scary for me though. For all the girls who want their period, hold your horses and calm down and just let it come when it comes. Just go with the flow! It isn't as fun as you think. It can be a real pain in the behind. It's all part of growing up though so don't be to nervous. Think pink! ;)


June 20, 2012 at 1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got my period and I'm 11. I've had it since december. My question is, should I tell my BFFs? They all know it's part of life and they're really understanding but I'm scared that they'll think it's weird. But pom the other hand I just want to get it out of my system. What should I do?

June 22, 2012 at 6:55 PM  
Anonymous morgan said...

hi, anonymous, my friend at primary school had hers a few days after her 11th b-day, what made it worse was that we were all on a 3 day school trip- i'm glad she had enough courage to tell me, she came and told me at 1.00 am! she was so scared and so frightened- but i told her it was a good thing to tell her friends, after all- girls are all in it together- we all going to go though it some day or another! so tell your bffs!!

June 24, 2012 at 11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks morgan! I'll do that tomorrow.

June 24, 2012 at 6:31 PM  
Anonymous problem said...

i have a question, i have these round lumps on my nipples, im not sure what it is, its painful and i think its breasts, but i dont think breasts have round lumps. pls help mee.

June 24, 2012 at 6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It could be anywhere from 2 years to six months... I've had mine for like a year... Sometimes I forget to put a pantyliner on and it gets really annoying!!! (and yeah, pantyliners really help me and make me feel less icky)

June 26, 2012 at 10:42 PM  
Anonymous Makayla said...

Ok so i have hit puberty and stuff i have hit the hair below but not the under arms and also im 11 years old in 6th grade lol i forgot to tell yall that but anyways ive grown boobs and stuff im in a a34 and stuff but anyways over the past few weeks ive had this white gooey stuff in my underwear and i know its not pee like why would i pee in my underwear i thought it was discharge but i just dotn know if im right will some one help me!

June 27, 2012 at 11:16 PM  
Anonymous Ash said...


I was going to type the just same thing you typed. I am too in 6th grade and I have hit puberty. And yes what you have is discharge and I know coz I m getting it for a year now. I haven't got my periods yet. Do not worry, its normal

Hope this was comforting and hope that I didn't talk too much.

June 29, 2012 at 1:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it normal for it to be more like gel than liquidy?? Btw this is a different person

June 30, 2012 at 11:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey i have a question do you still grow taller once you have your period because im 12 and only 4ft 11 1/2in and i dont want to be short forever!!

July 1, 2012 at 8:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Anonymous with the height question,

I'm almost twelve and I've had my period for 8 months. I'm almost 5'4. When I got my period I wasn't even 5'2. So yes you usually do grow after you get your period so I wouldn't worry. But yes some people are just naturally shorter. Don't worry about it and just be yourself! :) Good luck and think pink!

July 3, 2012 at 10:24 AM  
Anonymous @anonymous said...

OF COURSE! oh don't worry u will definitly grow, and u wont even notice it. trust me... u wont be short forever don't worry.

July 4, 2012 at 1:54 AM  
Anonymous beebee'sbananas said...

I have a question. Why do sports bras always come closer to your neck than regular bras? It annoys me because it always shows when I wear T-shirts.

July 6, 2012 at 5:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ beebee'sbananas

I'm not quite sure why, but I think it's to have more support because there's no cups. I'm 11 and a size b. I used to wear sports bras but now I wear cups. If your more comfortable with cups, then just ask your mom.

July 7, 2012 at 11:12 AM  
Anonymous beebee'sbananas said...

I wear cups, but not on gym days, active summer camps, or super hot days. I wear them all the other time.

July 8, 2012 at 6:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh ok. Well I'm not sure why the top is so high and I know it is so annoying when I wear them and its totally obvious that it's there. Just try wear higher necked shirts. You don't have to wear turtle necks but higher necks

July 9, 2012 at 9:57 PM  
Anonymous beebee'sbananas said...

Warm in the summer, but thanks for the advice!

July 10, 2012 at 3:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have a question. i am age eleven. i am kinda looking forward to get my first period. my mom got hers at age nine. my boobs started growing two years ago. i also think i got any of u have a guess about when i culd get my period?

July 14, 2012 at 9:59 PM  
Anonymous Jw said...

Is it normal for discharge to be more like gel than like a liquid?

July 19, 2012 at 3:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ Jw
Yes that has happened to me its very normal

July 19, 2012 at 7:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ anonymous 3 spaces above me
I would say your period could happen any time now, doctors usually say about 2 years after you start developing breasts and after you notice some discharge and pubic hair.
p.s. i know how you feel, i'm in about the same situation. i'm turning 11 on august first!!!

July 20, 2012 at 11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't worry too much about puberty, i'm (almost) 11 and i started puberty when i was 9 everyone start's at different times. just go with the flow!

July 20, 2012 at 11:15 AM  
Anonymous A random girl said...

Its weird, but I find puberty "cool"! Like Im getting older or turning into a preteen. Don't Freak! It's just life!

10 years old

July 21, 2012 at 9:30 PM  
Anonymous A random girl said...

Is getting light discharge at 8 normal?
Then getting heavier as i go on?
Im not freaking out or anything, I just think its a bit weird!

10 years old

July 21, 2012 at 9:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have been getting discharge 4 a year when will i get my period.

July 22, 2012 at 8:47 PM  
Anonymous cutie23 said...

you ARE in puberty,ccmay. did i help?

July 23, 2012 at 9:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've had discharge and boobs and hair down that and under my arms for a while. I have discharge for 2 years when will I get my period?

July 26, 2012 at 5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i m 17 yrs old my bra is AA can anyone tell me useful tips or any excersice to increase boob size plz?my weight is 46kg and height is 5foot 2inches

August 2, 2012 at 6:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am twelve i have had discharge for a year and a half i wear a B34 bra i am 5'1 i shave every other day (my legs)i have thick hair down and i weigh 150lbs but no peirod? do you think its on its way? if so how can i prepare?

August 3, 2012 at 3:30 AM  
Anonymous PLSBlogger said...

There is nothing you can do to actually make your breasts larger, but you could try a push up bra to give you some more shape. I know they have some at Victoria's Secret if you have one near you. Otherwise, just go to the lingerie store near you.

August 3, 2012 at 7:18 PM  
Anonymous PLSBlogger said...

Although there's no way to know, it could come soon (or not). You can always be prepared with supplies like pads though! Just keep them in a purse or makeup bag/pencil case.

August 3, 2012 at 7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey this is just an informational comment ok so I am 11 and going into 6th grade I wear size 34a bras and have had down there hair for about 2 years now. About a week after I started growing hair I had discharge "white gooey stuff" in my panties right away I asked my mom for pads and she gave me some"Kotex are great for beginners":) and just yesterday I got my first period it was kind of scary but you'll know cuz when you wipe after you go to the bathroom you will see red on the toilet paper. Don't freak! So I'm going to say that most girls get their period about 2 years after you first have discharge
Hoped this helped
Love Sophia

August 6, 2012 at 11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um, I'm 12 and I'm the same height it's normal and if your family is short than you will probably be short, vice versa. But you may grow taller, my doctor says I will be a lot taller like my aunt. So u may be taller yeah.��✨

August 6, 2012 at 5:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yea i'm threw it i started at 8 i hve hair uner there and under my arms i shave sometimes i just dont worry about it

August 10, 2012 at 12:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ problem:
I know your question is like waay above me and probably answered already but i just wanted to say breasts start out as litte lumps and a little bit of swelling, it's just your body:D

August 11, 2012 at 8:34 PM  
Anonymous Cutiecake123 said...

Guys Don't worry if you think your breasts are too small. Some people just have naturally smaller ones then others. But sometimes they stay small for a long time, but before you know it you might just have a random growth spurt like I did! I got like 3 inches taller in just 2 months. Also when my mom got me my first cup bra 2 months ago, It felt a too big like it folded over when i moved around. But now, it fits perfectly and I'm getting more! So you never know when you just might have a growth spurt! Good Luck! :)

August 11, 2012 at 11:45 PM  
Anonymous ladybug4123 said...

I have had discharge and at first mine was a whitish colour and sticky, and then it changed! This being said; the textures and colours of vaginal discharge can vary. I haven't started MY period yet, but I have hair down there and am starting under my arms. I have been looking for answers for a question. maybe someone could help me? Here is the question: if I wear panty liners at night for my vaginal discharge, and wash up in the morning, will I get an infection or get sick? Is it safe to be doing this?

August 13, 2012 at 2:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have very painful boobs, hair down there, and quite a bit of discharge. I have hair in my armpits and my armpits STINK. I'm glad there is such thing as deodorant.

August 14, 2012 at 10:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have bigger breasts then ALL girls in 5th grade and it sometimes hurts. i do have hair down there and on armpits im also getting minegranes sometime + im 10

August 21, 2012 at 11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know I'm in puberty !
I have hair down there and I have hair under my pits and I have boobs and my periods have started ! The only thing I like about puberty is that I feel more mature!

August 21, 2012 at 2:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its hard to tell since every girl is different. But it sounds like you are definetly developing.

August 22, 2012 at 7:12 PM  
Anonymous Elanajane said...

I don't have discharge yet but I was wondering if once you have your period do u still have discharge?
AlsO I always end up emailing or writing my mom a not when I need to ask or tell my mom something about puberty! How do you get the courage to talk to your mom about this kind of stuff? Please help! :)

August 23, 2012 at 10:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm 5 feet and 15 y/o.. i might have had my period... but my mom didn't grow after hers... she was 16 but will i grow after mine?

August 24, 2012 at 12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When do your breasts start to grow

August 26, 2012 at 4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's breast buds. It's the first sign of Breast growth..

August 27, 2012 at 12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm pretty much the same height. I'm 12 and 5 feet tall.

August 27, 2012 at 12:31 PM  
Anonymous Pinkadink said...

I dont know if this is for every girl but I still have discharge even though my periods started.

September 2, 2012 at 12:43 AM  
Anonymous Born2Bme said...

hey gals.. i need some help
well my mom just said to me "when u feel comfortable start wearing these bras" like a month er 2 ago. she handed me a pile of my sister old training bras. i wanted to know.. when should i start wearing padded bras? i do have sensitive breats. i have breast buds (i can feel them if i touch there) and today i accidentaly banged my chest right on the edge of my desk at school. (my nipples are riht alined with it :(! ) so... should i start getting padded bras? not TOO much padding cuz those look weird hen theyre not on you (my cousins gina and nicole are older than us and we get their out grown clothes and e got a few bras and they are so much padded im like...woah!) anyways,you cant see my nipples through my white training bras, but if i dont wear a training bra and just put a shirt or dress on u can see the shape of my breasts! theyre triangle ish and pointy. so what do u think? should i hint to my mom tht i need a padded bra??

(i cant send her an email/ text i dont hae an email account or a cell phone and my sister somtimes plays games on my moms cell phone so she may see it! i cant call the house cuz im always there, if i leave a message on the home phone everyone will hear it and I WILL never hear the end of it!! if my dad answers what am i gonna say? my sister? what if i think its my mom and say it and she hears and starts laughing at me cuz she thinks my boobs are small but there actually saggy and im not completely flat yet im not in cups yet. any ideas!?!?!?????????????????????????????????????????

thanks for all ur advice and help girls!

(ps: sorry this is soo lng and im erin no bra!)

September 6, 2012 at 7:41 PM  
Anonymous Born2Bme said...

please give me an answer on my comment above!!! (oh and btw, my nipples dont show through all of my bras, just like 1 or 2)

September 8, 2012 at 3:17 PM  
Anonymous Wallflower said...

Okay, Born2bme: training bras are fine to use and you may not be quite at the point where real bras will fit. Plus, it will be very helpful to you if you use trading bras first to get a feel of what it will be like. Put a tanktop over the bras so no one can see anything. Trust me, I was wearing camisoles for a while before I realized my nipples stuck out.
If you really want padded bras, take a look at your mom's personal schedule. If she goes to bed before your dad, put a note on her pillow. Does she get up before everyone else? Tape a letter on the bathroom mirror. When can you catch her alone? Often times it's best to just tell her that you need something. Assuming your sister is older than you, ask her for advice on how to approach the subject. She's had more experience.
I reccomend avoiding your dad when it comes to this conversation.
Go shopping with Mom! Walk past the bras and pause. Say, "mom can I get one?"
I really hope this helped! Lots of luck.

September 9, 2012 at 11:58 AM  
Anonymous Ana said...

I just started puberty at 13!!! I'm nearly 14, and I'm in year nine. I'm still a size 28AA and only have a teeny bit of armpit hair. Don't worry if you haven't started at 10, it will come at its own speed. I don't have my period yet, but I recently started getting discharge and everyone I know says I'm lucky and that periods suck.

September 19, 2012 at 1:52 PM  
Anonymous I know what your dealing with,haley said...

i know how you feel... i started getting boobs when i was 9 and i didnt get my period until i was 13 almost 14. listen i know how it feels. it seems like evryone i knew had theri period except me. i started worrying that i wouldn't get one and evryone else would. but it comes evuntaly some times really late... i knew some adult who didn't get her period until she was 17(ps this does not happen alot you will most likely get it from 8 to 14 years old) to be prepared you should carry a pad in your back pack at school because you never know when it will come.

October 6, 2012 at 8:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

its not just you pinkaid i have my period and i still have discharge.

October 6, 2012 at 8:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im turning 12 in a few days and i havnt grown breasts or got hair upstairs or downstairs yet !!!!!!! do u think im behind ????? should I ask a doctor if im growing ????? thx

October 11, 2012 at 3:05 AM  
Anonymous Shortymcshortshorts said...

EEP! I have discharge (i think) and no arm hair, a little pubic hair, and breast buds. Im 12 so i think its normal, but lately ive been scratching "down there". At first i thought it was because i bought new underwear, but now im not so sure because it just keePs itching. Is my period going to start soon? What is going on??

October 26, 2012 at 9:14 PM  
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October 27, 2012 at 4:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its ok if that's what she does maybe u can try telling her that she needs to tone it down a bit if u know what I mean because then people might think she is desperate and then they won't go out with her I hope that helps :)

November 4, 2012 at 2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I've been scratching down there for a while too.

What is the cause of it? Anyone?

But don't worry about getting your period late. I got mine 3 days before i turned 13. I have to admit i was anxious as to when i'd be getting it, coz all my friends had it, but really, it's better NOT having it.

March 3, 2014 at 5:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm only 9 an i've got thin hairs down there and my
breasts are itchy i've got b.o so i don't know if i've
started puberty

August 6, 2014 at 10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im ten and i have hair down there and underpits i do have discharge ive had it for like a year but when do u think ill get my period btw about to turn 11

August 20, 2014 at 6:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ive had discarge for a long while should i bring a panty linner in my bookbag to school help plz

August 20, 2014 at 7:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've had: B.O. Discharge, Hair, I wear Bras, every sign.. except for getting taller.. I haven't hit a growth spurt I don't think, but I've had all these signs for over a year now and no period.. when will I know if it's going to come?

July 20, 2017 at 11:04 PM  
Anonymous Jordan said...

Ok so i have very little dark fine hairs and i dont know if it is pubic hair or not and i also have breast buds but only on 1 side the other is flat!! And i dont know if i have had discharge yet or not i saw some whitish stuff in my underwear but i didnt tell my mom or sister and its around the time my mom and sister hut their period but im worried im not normal or something is wrong with me!! Am i normal???

July 31, 2017 at 10:02 PM  

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