Hormones play a large role during puberty. They are the cause of many of the body’s physical changes during puberty. Hormones will cause your body shape to change, breasts to grow, hair to develop and periods to begin. Hormones are also to blame for pimples and acne if you experience any, since the oil glands in your skin become more active during puberty. Love them or hate them, hormones will be the cause of many of the changes as you pass from childhood through adolescence.

Hormones and emotions
As well as being the cause of many of the physical changes to your body, hormones and emotions are very connected. They can send your emotions into overdrive. You may be feeling on top of the world one day but lousy the next, and you won’t be able to figure out why. Don’t worry – it’s normal to be confused by the effects your hormones are having on you. Girls start to experience a mix of emotions when their hormones kick in at puberty. Don't worry, it's not just girls, guys also get a lot of changes to their bodies during puberty. It is important to maintain good nutrition so that you can avoid hormonal imbalance and mood swings.

The more you can understand how hormones can affect your body, mind and emotions, the better you’ll be able to cope with whatever hormones throw your way. Just remember that you’re still your amazing self. Try to see the up side of things and you’ll discover more about yourself and all the great things you can achieve in your life. And just remember, puberty doesn’t last forever!

The advice provided in this material is general in nature and is not intended as medical advice. If you need medical advice, please consult your health care professional.

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