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Is it possible to be having a growth spurt at age 15 (girl) if puberty started late?

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Dr. Ward Dean
Anti-Aging Medicine 43 years experience
Yes: Although you may be nearing the end of your "growth phase," if the bone end plates have not completely formed, you may have some growth potential remaining. Growth hormone-releasing substances such as Sermorelen, or GHRP6 and GHRP2 may help. Find a physician familiar with these substances.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
YES: Growth is a variable process during the transition of puberty. Late bloomers will usually finish their linear growth later than those who start early, but for girls there are some predictable markers.Menses is expected by 2-3 years after breast buds emerge and the hormones that support these markers also signal the bones to do their final growth. Expect an average of 2.5 inches after 1st menses.

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What is the youngest recorded age for a girl to start puberty?

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Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Varies: The average age of onset of menstruation is about 12.5 yrs, however in case of precocious puberty it can vary and be as early as a year or two. "precocious puberty is statistically defined as 2.5 to 3.0 sds below the average age of onset of puberty in healthy children--so age 5-6 years old is more typically seen than the 2-3 yr olds. The mean age of onset of puberty is about 10.5 years in girls.

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