Sexual and other physical maturation that happens during puberty result from hormonal changes.
boys, it's hard to know exactly when puberty is coming. There are changes that happen,
but they occur slowly over a period of time rather than as a single event.
There are certain stages of development that boys go through when developing secondary
sex characteristics. Here is a brief overview of the changes that happen:
In boys, the first puberty change is the enlargement of the scrotum and testes.
At this point, the penis does not enlarge.
As the testes and scrotum continue to grow, the penis grows.
The first growth of pubic hair produces long, soft hair that is only in a small
area around the genitals.
This hair then becomes darker and coarser as it continues to spread.
The pubic hair eventually looks like adult hair, but in a smaller area. It may
spread to the thighs and sometimes up the stomach.
following changes may also happen to a boy as he goes through puberty:
Body size will increase. Sometimes the feet,
arms, legs, and hands may grow faster than the rest of the body. This may cause a
teen to feel clumsy.
Some boys may get some swelling in the breast
area. This is a result of the hormonal changes that are happening. This is common
among teenage boys and is often a short-term or temporary condition. Talk with
your son's healthcare provider if this is a concern.
Voice changes may happen, as the voice gets
deeper. Sometimes the voice may "crack" during this time. This is a temporary
condition and will improve over time.
Hair will start to grow in the genital area.
Boys will also have hair growth on their face, under their arms, and on their
As the puberty hormones increase, teens may have
an increase in oily skin and sweating. This is a normal part of growing. It's
important to wash daily, including the face. Acne may develop.
As the penis enlarges, the teen boy may begin to
have erections. This is when the penis becomes hard and erect because it is filled
with blood. This is due to hormonal changes and may happen when the boy fantasizes
about sexual things. Or it may happen for no reason at all. This is normal.
During puberty, a boy's body also begins making sperm. Semen, which is made up of
sperm and other body fluids, may be released during an erection. This is called
ejaculation. Sometimes this may happen while the teen is sleeping. This is called
a wet dream (nocturnal emission). This is a normal part of puberty. Once sperm is
made and ejaculation happens, teen boys who have sex can get someone