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I started puberty early

My voice has broken and I'm the only one in my class is it normal to start puberty at my age I'm only in year seven

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Puberty can start at any age and starts at different times for different people. It’s perfectly normal to start puberty when you’re in year seven, but it can happen later than this too.

When boys go through puberty they go through lots of changes. Some of these changes will be obvious to other people and some only you will know about. When your voice breaks it goes deeper and this could be more noticeable to you and other people around you.

It may take a little time for your voice to settle and for you to feel in control of it without it going higher or deeper when you don’t want it to.

Boys usually start puberty at around the age of 12 and girls usually start a little earlier at around age 10. Some boys and girls will start earlier and some later – it’s important to remember that everyone’s different.

If there’s an adult in your life that you trust, they may have had similar questions as you do when they were growing up. It can be reassuring to hear that you’re not the only person going through these changes.

If you don’t feel ready to talk to someone else you can talk to a ChildLine counsellor instead.

Take care,

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