A girl’s tween or preteen years are typically between ages 10 and 12, and this stage is also called preadolescence. However, some girls start puberty as early as age 9 or as late as 13. Puberty is the physical transformation of your body from childhood to adulthood, enabling your body to become pregnant and have a baby once you become sexually active.
The teen years are typically between ages 13 and 19, but many experts agree that the front part of the brain continues to develop until the mid-20s. This means that even though a young woman is considered a legal adult at age 18, she may still need guidance with some difficult medical, financial and career decisions as she continues to transition into adulthood.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help or clarification when you need it. Your Novant Health UVA Health System pediatrician, behavioral health specialist or family medicine doctor can help during this time of change. We also provide a wealth of online information and a health library that covers questions that adolescent girls may have.
You’ll find information about menstruation and sexuality, protection against human papillomavirus (HPV), the first gynecological visit and maintaining strong bones.
Obesity can affect a girl’s physical health and self-image. We provide services to help young people struggling with obesity to reach their weight loss goals.