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On What Parts Of The Female Body Does Pubic Hair Grow?

Published: July 15, 2015
Dear On What Parts Of The Female Body Does Pubic Hair Grow?,

On what parts of the body does pubic hair grow? (for girls) I'm currently going through puberty, and find hairs cropping up all over the place. Some I've heard of before (like the armpit area) but others are kinda weird. Can you detail each and every place hair grows on? And what's normal/what isn't??? I don't have a close relationship with my mum, so we don't discuss this.


Dear On What Parts Of The Female Body Does Pubic Hair Grow?,

The Center for Young Women’s Health presents the following information in their article on Puberty:

Pubic and underarm hair: You will start to grow hair around your pubic area (around your vagina) and under your arms. This usually happens after you start to develop breasts, but for many girls, pubic hair starts first. You will probably get pubic hair before you get underarm hair. Underarm hair usually comes near the end of puberty. At first, you will probably just have a few fine hairs in your pubic area and under your arms. Late in puberty, the hair will become thicker and curlier.

In addition to having pubic hair, it is common for women to have fine hair on the legs, arms, and even fine hair above the upper lip. Some women may also have fine hair on the chin, chest, and back.

If it seems to you like the hair growth on various parts of your body is developing rapidly, the hair that is growing all over your body is coarse and dark, or you have symptoms such as acne, underdeveloped breasts, increased muscle mass and/or a deeper voice, consult with a doctor to find out if there are any hormonal issues present that may require treatment.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

FX can appreciate that it must be hard figuring out these types of issues without the guidance of your mother. If you feel like the relationship could be better, but you both just need some help in that process, consider meeting with a reputable family therapist. If it seems the relationship is not changeable at this time, then consider other adult females who you can talk to about these things – an aunt, grandmother, mother of a close friend, doctor, school nurse, or anyone other adult female you trust.

If you live in northern New Jersey and need help finding a therapist you can call the Access Center from Atlantic Behavioral Health at 888-247-1400. Outside of this area you can log onto the US Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website for referrals in your area. You can also contact your insurance company to get a list of in-network mental health providers or check with your school social worker or psychologist to get a list of referrals in your area.

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