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How To Delay Puberty In Girls
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
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
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
Puberty: Puberty generally starts earlier for girls, some time between 8 and 13 years of age. For most girls, the first evidence of puberty is breast development, but it can be the growth of pubic hair. As her breasts start to grow, a girl will initially have small, firm, tender lumps. After 1 to 2 years after that, growth spurts start. Followed by menstrual cycles in girls. ...Read more
Many: During puberty a girl will experience a change in the shape and physical characteristics of her body. Hips will widen, breast tissue develop, hair growth will occur in pubic and axillary areas as well as legs. Menses will begin and hormonal changes will result in mood swings, irregularity in periods, eventual stabilization of ovulation and, about a year after the period starts growth will stop. ...Read more
How can I stop myself from growing taller? What is the age for girls to stop growing taller? Is it possible to grow taller after puberty?
2 in after periods: Most girls will grow about 2 inches after the start of their periods. This is usually around the age of 14 1/2 to 15. At 27 you should have finished your linear growth years ago. Although once it was commonplace for tall girls to receive high doses of estrogen to limit their growth, it is now uncommonly done because of known and theoretical side effects of therapy. ...Read more
Hello. I am 29 years old and since puberty I have been liking mature women aged 50 to 70 years more than girls my age. Is this probrem? Thank you.
Define problem!: It will be hard to find a peer group your age that would accept your preference, but how and what you do is your business. If you can find any willing partners, go for it. However, you may want to invest some time with a therapist to reveal why you are drawn to this age group. It may help you become more comfortable with your choices. ...Read more
Female puberty: As in boys, one of the first signs of puberty is body odor. The development of the hourglass body configuration also starts at the same time. Then comes breast enlargement. Appearance of axillary and pubic hair follows later. After about 1 to 2 years into puberty, the first menstrual period arrives. After a few more years of physical and psychological changes, a lady is born. ...Read more
I heard that "the later you hit the puberty, the more taller you will become as an adult".IF THIS IS THE CASE, than how can we delay puberty?
Misguided idea: While it is true some kids who enter puberty later will be taller, it is because their genetic makeup follows that blueprint. You become as tall as your genes dictate, not because puberty takes longer. Delaying puberty in people destine to be shorter would just make them shorter for a longer period before growth stopped. ...Read more
I understand XXX syndrome can cause tallness in girls. Is that symptom noticed early on or can that come about later in life (years past puberty)?
By adolescence: Hi. The tallness is noticed by adolescence. The height increase only occurs in females with 47, XXX until the growth plates in the long bones fuse (which occurs relatively later in 47, XXX females than in 46, XX). Once the growth plates are fused, there is no increase in linear height. ...Read more
Typical age for girl to hit puberty? What is the average age that girls begin puberty? How long does it last? What causes some girls to start extremely early and some to start extremely late?
The: The average age of puberty and menstruation (first period is called menarche) has steadily declined over the last 30-40 years. Now, menstruation normally begins between the ages of 11 and 13 years old. Menstruation is the defining moment of puberty for women, but there are events that happen first...Breast bud development, pubic hair development, rapid growth, etc. Genetics plays a large part in when puberty occurs as well as exposure to environmental Estrogens and other hormones. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
Needs evaluation: The underlying cause (s) should be sought first, e.g. Chromosome abnormality. ...Read more
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