Being a teenager can be described in one word: awkward. We’ve all been there. The acne, insecurities, difficulty making friends and sudden growth spurts that exist within those years are experiences most of us are glad we won’t have to endure again. Puberty is uncomfortable for teenagers at any age, but, with research showing that the process is starting earlier than it did before, what are the implications for children who may not be equipped to deal with this difficult stage of life?

Precocious puberty is when children’s bodies begin to change earlier than normal, commonly beginning at eight in girls and nine in boys. Puberty is the physical, hormonal and behavioural changes that children undergo that results in reproductive function...

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