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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

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Please tell me, could i fix my delayed puberty at age 24?

Please tell me, could i fix my delayed puberty at age 24?

Bone age: Chances are that at age 24, you have finished puberty even if it was delayed. The best way to tell is to do a bone age Xray of your hand- it can tell if there is any growth potential left. ...Read more

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

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

Depends on age: If you have no signs of puberty by the age of 13 (for girls) or 14 (for boys), you might have delayed puberty and would want to see a physician to discuss. Otherwise, people start developing at different times, and though that can be frustrating, it's completely normal. If you are having specific symptoms or can let us know your age/gender, it would help be able to answer more specifically. ...Read more

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I'm 18 but I look like i'm 14.... Could it be because I have delayed puberty?

Possibly: The only way to figure that out would be to know if you've completed genital development. And, we often get an x-ray of the left hand to confirm where a patient is with respect to biological development. Hopefully you're just blessed with youthful genes! if so, you'll appreciate it some day when you're much older. ...Read more

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Can delayed puberty affect my height? Is it an advantage or disadvantage for me?

Can delayed puberty affect my height? Is it an advantage or disadvantage for me?

Genetic potential: Constitutionally delayed puberty is a variation of normal occurring more in boys than girls. Although expected to reach genetic potential, final height may still be compromised to a small degree within that range because there seems to be a faster transition to pubertal growth spurt once puberty starts, curtailing the duration of pubertal spine growth. ...Read more

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What is the most common/proven trt drug and form of administration for delayed puberty?

What is the most common/proven trt drug and form of administration for delayed puberty?

Extensive work up: Delayed puberty requires an extensive workup and is not as simple as giving testosterone. Schedule a visit with an endocrinologist for an exam, testing and to design a specific plan of care. ...Read more

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I am curious if delayed puberty can affect your growth then how much exactly does it affect your growth?

No exact answer: Boys with delayed puberty are most often late bloomers and have their pubertal growth spurts later than their peers. More recent studies suggest that final height potential isn't lost because these boys do catch up. ...Read more

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Thank you for answering all my questions. Does a person with delayed puberty go through the changes in the normal order, or can they differ slightly?

Thank you for answering all my questions. Does a person with delayed puberty go through the changes in the normal order, or can they differ slightly?

Good question: Delayed puberty can occur but not often and you will do OK. If you have not sen a primary doctor this would be a good chance to feel more comfortable after the visit to your primary doctor ...Read more

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What can cause delayed puberty in girls?

Multiple causes: Delayed puberty results from disruption of the hormones regulating periods. Often delayed puberty is familial, with a family history of later periods. Weight loss, low weight or intense exercise causing low body weight can disrupt hormonal balance. Occasionally it can be a genetic issue like turner's syndrome. If the delay is significantly past 12 to 13 y old, then a workup is in order. ...Read more

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Does dieting at young age cause delayed puberty?

Does dieting at young age cause delayed puberty?

It can: Underweight from dieting, or just underweight, often delays the onset of puberty and slows growth. Weight management in children should really be medically supervised for these reasons and more. ...Read more

Dr. Samuel Freedman
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Very Late Puberty (Definition)

If a child does not experience breast development by age 13 (in girl) or testicular enlargement by age 14 ( in boy), her/his ...Read more