Process of sexual maturation, when completed boys and girls are fertile.
When the PITUITARY GLAND is stimulated by the maturing HYPOTHALAMUS to produce hormones. Stimulating other endocrine glands to produce hormones
Glands in males
Glands in females
Primary sexual characteristics
directly involved in sex, genitalia
Secondary sexual characteristics
breasts, males deep voices
girls first menstruation
Boys first ejaculation
Timing of puberty?
higher fat=sooner to start
correlate with mothers
average age 13
sooner in families with high conflict/stress