Boys Health: Frequently Asked Questions
What is the association between puberty and height or weight?
Generally for boys the height starts increasing from the age of 11 years. Increase of weight during puberty is extremely common. Usually, weight during puberty is about 50% of the ideal adult body weight.
Why acne occur during puberty?
Acne (pimples) is a common problem in teens. Appearance of blackheads, pimples, whiteheads and cysts damage confidence of many youngsters. It is due to the hormonal changes in the body during teenage which leads to appearance of acne. Expert advice should be taken, since different types of acne have different treatment options.
What are physical changes during puberty in boys?
- Growth of genitalia
- Hair growth in the pubic region and genitalia
- Change in voice
- Increase in height and weight
- Appearance of pimples
- Facial hair growth
Self examination during puberty in boys:
Parents should talk to young boys for self examination. Puberty onwards every boy should perform a self examination of their testes and penis on a regular basis. In this way boys will be able to perceive the normal growth of their reproductive organ
It should be performed after a bath or hot shower. At that time the scrotum loses its tightness making the examination easy.
Each testicles should be examined separately in order to see if there is any lump growth
A comparison of both testes needs to be done to find out if one is appearing larger than the other
You can perform a penis examination on yourself by familiarize with the entire region, so that it is easy to spot abnormalities if they do appear
Be alert against the following unusual changes like redness, blisters, warts, bumps, sores, etc.
Is it ok to have one testicle bigger?
It is pretty normal to have one testicle bigger than the other.
Where does hair grow during puberty?
Pubic hair starts growing and is visible at the base of the penis
Shaving of pubic hair is recommendable for personal hygiene reasons
Body and facial hair also start growing during that time
What are the changes in male reproductive system during puberty?
Full reproductive capacity is developed during puberty. Scrotum and testes get bigger initially and later the penis grows longer.
Is masturbating normal?
Masturbation is a normal during puberty. It is important to remind teens to do it privately & not very frequently.
What are wet dreams? How can I stop myself?
Wet dreams mean to release semen while you are sleeping and are common during puberty. Generally one gets wet dreams when they are dreaming of sex while sleeping
There is no way to stop wet dreams as it happens while sleeping.
What is Circumcision?
It is a surgical method to remove the foreskin of the penis.
Is it normal to get erections while waking up?
It is normal to get erections any time including waking up. The penis becomes hard and the softer tissues get filled up with blood.
Why is grooming important?
Likelihood for increased body odour and bad breath is seen during puberty. Teens should be explained about the importance of keeping the genital area clean. Brushing teeth twice daily and flossing at least once should be encouraged.