Most of the changes that happen in puberty happen to both boys and girls. You grow taller, you will get stronger, your voice will change, your skin may get oilier, you will sweat more and you will grow hair in surprising places. That stuff happens to everyone.
For most boys it means that when you were little you would look at girls and think, “Ew, yuck – girls!” but as you go through puberty you might find yourself thinking differently about girls.
The first things to change are your hands and your feet. They get bigger and most boys also have a growth spurt and get taller – although this is usually a few years after the girls. So for most boys there is an awkward amount of time between Years 7 and 10 where all of the girls are taller than you. Don’t worry, you will catch up.
Stiffys, semen and a squeaky voice. There are some changes that happen only to boys. They start getting erections more. The good news is that they aren’t as obvious as you think and the bad news is that they can happen at inopportune times. There are some simple techniques for disguising a surprise erection and none of them involve a fake moustache and glasses. You could try sitting down, tying up your shoe laces or pointing out the window claiming that you saw a zombie, and whilst everyone is distracted, run away.
The other significant change that happens involves your balls, nuts, or berries. Sounds like healthy raw foods but we are talking about testicles. Your testicles start to make a liquid called semen. While your body is going through puberty your testicles may decide that they want to see if things are operating correctly and while you are asleep they may send some semen out of your penis. This is very normal, but it can be a bit weird if you didn’t know it was going to happen.