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If you develop anorexia before puberty (causing delayed puberty), after recovery, will your breasts ever reach their full potential size?

If you develop anorexia before puberty (causing delayed puberty), after recovery, will your breasts ever reach their full potential size?

Maybe: If the anorexia occurs after breast development, the fat loss in the breast will be replaced during recovery. Hard to predict if it will be the same amount if no anorexia. If the anorexia occurs during breast growth, then it could affect duct and gland growth. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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Anorexia Nervosa (Definition)

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder in which a person refuses to maintain a normal body weight, has a fear of being fat, and significantly misperceives their body weight or shape. People with anorexia tend to be female (about 90%). Patients are unaware that their preoccupation with weight is abnormal. They tend to see their low weight as an achievement, which limits ...Read more


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Had anorexia ages 17-24. Had A-cup breasts until mid 30's. Now 41 with C-cup. Same weight for 15 years. Delayed puberty completion? Don't understand..

Possible: Late development is possible, and with the history of anorexia, which can affect your hormone levels at the time, which now have normalized, your breasts appear to have matured. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I was anorexic for a few years and it seems to have delayed puberty for me. I'm now 16 and got my first period a year ago but haven't seen breast dev.

I was anorexic for a few years and it seems to have delayed puberty for me. I'm now 16 and got my first period a year ago but haven't seen breast dev.

Breast development: Breast development also is dependent on estrogen and progesterone. Typically one sees breast budding as the first sign of puberty, and the period as the last sign. Breasts will continue to develop. But not all women develop large breasts. Some women have little or no development. If you are concerned please see your gynecologist. ...Read more

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Why does delayed puberty occur?

Why does delayed puberty occur?

Many reasons: Delayed pubertal development can be caused by many things. A child can merely be a late bloomer, he or she can have an underlying chronic illness that delays pubertal development, there can be a defect in production of pubertal hormones or a resistance to these hormones or there can be an underlying genetic disorder that is associated with pubertal delay. This is not a comprehensive list however. ...Read more

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What could cause delayed puberty?

What could cause delayed puberty?

Different causes: The most common is normal variation of puberty. There is usually a family history of late blooming in this case. Other causes of delayed puberty include radiation, chemotherapy, problems with the pituitary gland development or structural problems in the brain part that controls the pituitary gland or in the pituitary gland itself. The best thing is to see a pediatric endocrinologist. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of delayed puberty?

What are symptoms of delayed puberty?

Girls/boys: Delayed puberty: for girls- failure to begin breast development by age 12-13, for boys- no testicular enlargement by age 13-14. ...Read more

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How to know if I have delayed puberty (or something else)?

How to know if I have delayed puberty (or something else)?

See below: Delayed puberty is defined when a girl has not achieved breast development by age 13 or a boy not showing testicular enlargement by age 14. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for delayed puberty?

What is the treatment for delayed puberty?

Rx delayed puberty : If a girl hasn't started breast development by 12-13 yo, a full endocrine work up is necessary first. Generally, estrogen would be started if necessary to induce puberty. Boys after age 14 yo may be eligible for testosterone induction of puberty following a full endocrine evaluation for a boy who is still prepubertal by age 14. ...Read more

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Growing chest hair at 19-- is that delayed puberty?

Not delayed for boy: Pubertal onset prior to age 14 yo in boys is not delayed. The onset is heralded by enlarging testes. Shaving and chest hair may occur years later. Timing of chest hair development is not criteria for delayed puberty. ...Read more

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What age would be considered delayed puberty for a girl?

What age would be considered delayed puberty for a girl?

Nips/flow: Failure to see nipple enlargement by 13 and menses by 15 would be a reasonable reason to seek evaluation for delayed pubertal development. ...Read more

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Puberty (Definition)

Puberty is the normal condition in which a humans physically change from child to a teenage pre-adult who is able to reproduce (become fertile, able to have children). Pubertal development is divided into 5 stages by appearance (Tanner stages). Adolescence is time when puberty occurs, and includes ...Read more


Dr. Samuel Freedman
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Very Late Puberty (Definition)

Very late puberty is the appearance of sexual characteristics (pubic hair, breasts, etc.) ...Read more