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My voice recently changed a great deal and it makes me feel really uncomfortable. Please help me get out of this situation!

Question: My voice recently changed a great deal and it makes me feel really uncomfortable. All my friends still sound like little boys, while I sound more like a man! I'm so embarassed and feel so out of place at the moment. Please help me get out of this situation. Teentalker , 13-year-old

Dear Teentalker,

Thank you for reaching out and sharing your concerns. Puberty or the process of going through sexual maturity as a teenager is an individualized process. Typically, by the age of 13, most boys start to experience change in their voice. It might be early for some and a little delayed for others. 

Basically, when the voice of a boy starts to sound more like a man, what really happens is that a boy's voice box called 'larynx' begins to grow and the vocal chords also start thickening. Then, to top it all, society tends to treat you more like an adult as compared to your peers because of the.....

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