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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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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


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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 drugs treat delayed puberty?

What drugs treat delayed puberty?

Delayed puberty: Treatment can only be started after the doctor has taken a medical history. done a physical exam, reviewed height and weight growth curves, and appropriate lab tests. Then the doctor will decide the diagnosis and possible need for further evaluation or medication. ...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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What can happened with delayed puberty?

What can happened with delayed puberty?

Delayed puberty: Most cases are because kids can be "late bloomers." no breast development by 12-13 in girls or no testicular enlargement by 14 in boys is diagnostic. Other conditions can cause this, but are less common. Many patients in this situation might be referred to a pediatric endocrinologist. ...Read more

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What are solutions for delayed puberty?

What are solutions for delayed puberty?

It depends: Girls 13 + or boys 14+ who do not yet have breast or testicular enlargement have delayed puberty. Most often these kids are just late bloomers. Treatment depends on factors like, underlying illness, underweight, family history, psychosocial issues for the child given the delay. If we need to jump start the process, girls receive small doses of estrogen and boys get tesosterone for a limited time. ...Read more

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What are the effects of delayed puberty?

Delayed puberty: Really no bad effects. People with delayed puberty are taller than rest of us because growth plates close late too. That's it! ...Read more

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What does delayed puberty mean for a guy?

What does delayed puberty mean for a guy?

Nothing if grown: For a fully mature male, constitutional delay in puberty should be resolved. For the adolescent boy experiencing constitutionally delayed puberty, maturation occurs later. However, if still not in puberty by age 14 yo, then he may be eligible for testosterone induction of puberty. ...Read more

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Is it possible to fix my delayed puberty at age 24?

Is it possible to fix my delayed puberty at age 24?

Needs evaluation: The underlying cause (s) should be sought first, e.g. Chromosome abnormality. ...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