Understanding Puberty: Boy's Edition

Voice Changes

As boys go through puberty, they experience voice and body changes. The reason for the voice change is because the larynx (the voice box) lengthens and causes the voice to become deeper. Believe it or not, it happens to girls too it just isn’t as noticeable! We know the “cracking” may be embarrassing, but everyone goes through it. You aren’t alone and even though it may feel like it is never going to stop, it will.

Body Changes

Boys may be very concerned with their penis size. This is also common, and the penis and testicles will grow as you get older. In addition, it is important to note that when a penis does not have an erection, it is completely normal to seem “small.”

Lastly, it is normal to experience erections at any time. It does not have to be related to anything sexual. Especially in the early stages of puberty, it is beyond your control.  Boys also may experience nocturnal emissions (wet dreams) and release semen while sleeping. This is also completely normal and happens more frequently in the beginning stages of puberty.

Emotional Changes

Happy one minute, angry the next. Sound familiar? This is because mood swings are pretty common during adolescence and happens to both boys and girls.  In fact, they can be really hard to control. This is because your body is going through a huge transition and has a surge of hormones going on. You may be feeling like there is something wrong with you, but this is pretty normal, too.

When/Who do I see for boy health concerns?  

If at any time you feel emotionally or physically off or not right, reach out to a parent or trusted adult. She/he will be able to help you decide if it something that needs to be addressed by a doctor.

A pediatrician or primary care doctor are good options. If you need help finding a doctor and live in Northern New Jersey, you can call the  Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist.