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Hair sprouts in new places, body odours develop and young bodies change throughout puberty. For girls, this means the beginning of menstruation and budding breasts. For boys, this might mean a changing voice and facial hair. Follow the links below to find BootsWebMD's comprehensive coverage about the signs of puberty, when it usually begins, how to deal with it and much more.

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Girls who begin menstruating at an early age are at greater risk of experiencing depression during adolescence, according to a new study.

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    Thumbnail: Puberty - Starting periods

    Many parents feel awkward talking about periods, especially with pre-teen girls who can seem to get embarrassed so easily.One way round this is to respond to questions or opportunities as they arise. David Kesterton, who organises the FPA's Speakeasy courses - which teach parents how to talk to their children about puberty, sex and relationships - says clear speaking and down-to-earth, age-appropriate language is key.Parents often ask me when is the right age to talk to girls about starting periods, and I recommend that it should be an ongoing process rather than a formal sit-down talk. You can use TV ads for tampons, or buying sanitary towels at the supermarket, for example, to start the conversation with girls about periods. Or simply ask your daughter what she already knows and go from there.Whenever possible use clear language, like vagina, even though you may feel uncomfortable using these words.Emphasise that periods are completely normal and natural, they're part

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