Puberty is...a weird time, and many teens have some crazy ideas about what happens during this awkward phase. Adding to the confusion is the lack of education about our bodies and sex that's missing during this phase. Instead, many turn to friends for advice. Here are some of the most prevalent myths about puberty.

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Teens Stay Up Late And Sleep In Because They’re Bums

Remember how mom yelled at you not to waste your life away? Well it turns out that in adolescence, your body’s sleeping pattern changes. According to the National Sleep Foundation, it’s hard for teens to fall asleep before 11 p.m, and the organization recommends about eight to 10 of zzz per night.

Teens Act Crazy Because Of Hormones

According to researchers, it might not just be hormones to blame for all of that angst. The brain actually begins to change rapidly, beginning around 12 years old, reports NPR. The prefrontal cortex part of the brain undergoes a massive shift, which can be attributed to some of what parents describe as crazy teen behavior.

Menstruation Is The Beginning Of Puberty

Getting your period actually occurs about 18 months to two years after puberty begins. Girls will typically get their first cycle before turning 13, but this varies in everyone.

My Breasts Won’t Grow After I Begin My Period

Actually, breasts never really stop growing, though they do develop late until your teens or even adulthood.

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It’s Not Possible To Get Pregnant On Your Period

While it’s not likely you’ll get pregnant during your menstrual cycle, it is definitely not impossible. Pregnancy test company Clear Blue explains that women are fertile on the days leading up to and around ovulation and the lifespan of sperm makes it possible to get pregnant.

Greasy Food Causes Acne

Many people think it’s the unhealthy teen diet that causes those red spots, but acne is primarily caused by the body reacting to changing hormones.

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