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At What Age Do Girls Start Growing Pubic Hair
How much pubic hair is normal in girls? I seem to have a lot :) where is it normal for it to grow? Mine seems to be everywhere down there!
Normally: Female shave pubic area for cosmetic reasons. ...Read more
Effect of hormones: Pubic hair development in girls is caused by increasing levels of androgens, one of the types of hormones that increase in puberty. This normally occurs between 10 and 12 years of age, but can be a little later or earlier. If a girl has pubic hair much earlier or not till much later, a doctor should examine the child to check for any medical problems causing this. ...Read more
Andrenarche: This is a sign of the output of the adrenal glands rather than the hormones of puberty. It can be seen as early as 6.5 yrs and accompanied by underarm odor. The hair is thin and silky. If there are no other signs of puberty, ie. Breast buds or an accelerated growth rate, this can be discussed when you are next in the docs office. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Around 10-15, but...: Most males begin pubic hair growth at around age 10-15, but widely varying among them and surely not accompanying itch, which needs to be checked for its cause by reviewing history stressing its specifics, relevance, & sequence of events + findings of physcial exam at least. For details, To http://www.pamf.org/teen/health/puberty/physicalchanges.html & http://www.formefirst.com/eNewsletter06.html. ...Read more
Lots of factors: Puberty is measured in males by more than pubic hair. Testicular & phallic size, muscle mass, facial & abdominal hair all are signs of a maturing male. Your genetics also play a powerful role in when you go through puberty & how fast you do it. Genes also determine how hirsute (hairy) you will be. Remember, men can grow, not only in size, but in secondary sex characteristics, until 21 yo. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Early puberty: Puberty seems to be occurring earlier than in the past. Some children develop body odor in elementary school and it is not uncommon to see some pubic hair at 11. Monitor closely for rapid progression. If this occurs , consult your pediatrician to see if intervention is warranted. ...Read more
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