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What causes precocious puberty in girls?

What causes precocious puberty in girls?

Not sure: Puberty is occurring earlier - we think because girls are heavier. True precocious puberty may be due to many factors. If you have a girl child who is growing breasts or having a menstrual period ahead of her peers see a pediatric endocrinologist now. ...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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Does gymnastics stunt growth or delay puberty in boys or girls?

Does gymnastics stunt growth or delay puberty in boys or girls?

Competitive: Gymnasts are often small people. Some studies argue that a chronic calorie deficiency compounded by an extraordinary amount of exercise may stunt growth, while others don't. We do know that delayed puberty is common among gymnasts, swimmers and runners, particularly in girls. Hypothalamic amenorrhea is often seen in these girls. Kids in less competitive gymnastics may not have problems. ...Read more

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In puberty, do girls' voices change?

In puberty, do girls' voices change?

Yes, definitely: Girls voice boxes respond to steroid production during puberty just like boys. Wouldn't it sound silly if adult women had children's voices? ...Read more

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Can boys gymnastics stunt their growth?

Temporarily: High intensity sports such as gymnastics can delay onset of puberty and delay growth spurts. It is not permanent. ...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

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What age do boys go through puberty?

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What age do boys go through puberty?

Oh so soon!: Puberty consists of a cascade of events that occur over several years. Boys typically begin around 12 but starting as early as 9 and as late as 14 may be normal. Early clues include under arm odor and increase in size of the genitalia. Subsequent signs include growth spurts, voice changes, hair development, muscle growth, acne, and mood changes. For many, the changes start in the blink of an eye! ...Read more

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Delayed growth spurts how late for girls?

Delayed growth spurts how late for girls?

It depends: This is dependent on when she enters puberty. A girl who hasn't started breast development by about age 12 has delayed puberty. Pubertal growth rates correlate with stages of puberty. ...Read more

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Do chubby boys get pubertal gynecomastia?

Do chubby boys get pubertal gynecomastia?

More commonly: Yes overweight males do have a greater tendency for gynecomastia that may be only partially reversible. This is due to the fact that circulating androgens tend to accumulate in fat where they may acquire estrogen like properties stimulating the breast tissue to grow. Oftentimes when obese individuals later lose weight the fat dissipates but the stimulated breast tissue persists. ...Read more

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Does autism cause early puberty in girls?

Does autism cause early puberty in girls?

No: Not in my experience. I see the same age range of puberty in my autistic girls as i did when i practiced general pediatrics. ...Read more

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Girls increase their height after menses?

Girls increase their height after menses?

Growth potential: After puberty, most men and women do not experience much increase in height. The best way to maximize your height is through balanced nutrition, good posture and exercises that will strengthen your back and core muscles to support your spine. Some people with growth hormone deficiency can be treated and increase their height to their genetic potential if detected early. ...Read more

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How to delay puberty in girls naturally?

Can't: No healthy way to do naturally. If extremely early ("precocious puberty") is done pharmaceutically. ...Read more

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Cigerates stunt breast growth in teens?

Cigerates stunt breast growth in teens?

Probably not: Not aware of any actual data on this, but more importantly, there is a clear link between early smoking and later development of breast cancer (as well as many other cancers). Do yourself a favor and kick the habit now. ...Read more

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What would experts say about age at which girls get their height growth spurts?

What would experts say about age at which girls get their height growth spurts?

Before puberty: Largest growth spurt is usually just before & during early stages of puberty. Babies go through numerous growth sputrs during first year-of-life. Girls seem to undergo growth spurts at an earlier age than boys. ...Read more