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    19 Puberty Lessons You Shouldn't Have To Learn The Hard Way


    We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community what they wish they had known before they went through puberty.

    1. Facial hair isn't just for boys.

    2. Same with your voice cracking. That might happen, too.

    3. Vaginal discharge is totally normal and not cause for panic.

    4. Also, it's a vagina, so it should smell like a vagina.

    5. Your boobs will have their own growing pains.

    6. Your vulva will grow and change just like the rest of your body.

    7. You should explore and check out the equipment down there.

    8. New sexual feelings and urges are normal.

    9. Your period blood can be messy and weirdly colored, and have little clots in it. All normal.

    10. And it probably won't be normal for a few cycles.

    11. Some body parts may grow at a different rate than others.

    12. Pubic hair is a thing that will definitely catch you off guard if you don't know it's coming.

    13. Intense, debilitating pain may not be typical PMS.

    14. Your boobs probably won't turn out the way you think they will.

    15. You don't have to be afraid of tampons — they're your friends!

    16. You don't have to shave anything you don't want to.

    17. You might gain weight or change sizes in a short period of time.

    18. Your bod is awesome no matter what.

    19. And finally, it's all going to be okay.

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