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If my child is anorexic will she have delayed onset of puberty?

If my child is anorexic will she have delayed onset of puberty?

Anorexia: More than likely if it is not corrected. The body needs a certain mass to proceed through puberty. ...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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Is it possible for a child to grow 3-4 inches after the age of 14, if she already started her periods?

Is it possible for a child to grow 3-4 inches after the age of 14, if she already started her periods?

Post puberty height: It is possible to grow after puberty but it varies form individula to individual as ot how much growth can be seen. ...Read more

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Can a 17 year old grow to her full potential after suffering anorexia, she is in the tenth percentile and hasn't hit puberty yet , her bone age is 10.?

Can a 17 year old grow to her full potential after suffering anorexia, she is in the tenth percentile and hasn't hit puberty yet , her bone age is 10.?

Yes: If bone age is 10, then yes she has lots to grow. The grow plates have not fused yet. Keep her on treatment, use a multidisciplinary team of doctors. Very important. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get taller after 18-19 years of age if you were a late bloomer? And when is growth fully stopped in males, any signs? Thanks

Is it possible to get taller after 18-19 years of age if you were a late bloomer?  And when is growth fully stopped in males, any signs? Thanks

Yes: It is possible to continue growing into early 20's. Full beard facial hair can be an indication that you are nearing full skeletal maturity, but not necessarily. The age of skeletal maturity varies quite widely. ...Read more

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Can a 17 year old grow to her full potential after suffering anorexia, she is in the tenth percentile and hasn't hit puberty yet , her bone age is 12.?

Can a 17 year old grow to her full potential after suffering anorexia, she is in the tenth percentile and hasn't hit puberty yet , her bone age is 12.?

ANOREXIA: She is small normal being in the 10th percentile with anorexia and delayed bone grouth and delayed puberty. With proper guidance and nutrition she can catch up in grouth and development. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be having a growth spurt at age 15 (girl) if puberty started late?

Is it possible to be having a growth spurt at age 15 (girl)  if puberty started late?

YES: Growth is a variable process during the transition of puberty. Late bloomers will usually finish their linear growth later than those who start early, but for girls there are some predictable markers.Menses is expected by 2-3 years after breast buds emerge and the hormones that support these markers also signal the bones to do their final growth. Expect an average of 2.5 inches after 1st menses. ...Read more

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If a teen boy start smoke at 16 yo and he's a late bloomer, does it mean that he will stunt his growth? Is there evidence? There's range of answers...

If a teen boy start smoke at 16 yo and he's a late bloomer, does it mean that he will stunt his growth? Is there evidence? There's range of answers...

Smoking: Anyway you look at it, smoking is no good, at any age. Whether it stunts his growth or not, it is going to stunt his life span and his quality of life. He needs to stop now. ...Read more

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How can we stop the breasts from growing bigger at puberty? She thinks she is a he.

How can we stop the breasts from growing bigger at puberty? She thinks she is a he.

LHRH analogs: For gender identity issues puberty can be stopped with the above medications. This has to be done at very specialized centers with carefull psychological accesment and a multi disciplinary team. Boston childrens , john hopkins and mattel childrens in la have well established programs. ...Read more

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If a girl started developing boobs around the age of 10, what age is she most likely to get her period?

If a girl started developing boobs around the age of 10, what age is she most likely to get her period?

Boobs don't = period: Breast development in both genders is often one of the first signs of development. A better harbinger of the first period is the production of cervical mucous. This is clear, slimy non-smelly discharge from the vagina caused by maturing cervical glands. You'll see the discharge in your underwear. This usually happens about 6 months before the period starts. ...Read more

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If my daughter has been a vegetarian since the age of 8 and is now 13, do I need to be concerned aout her diet during puberty?

If my daughter has been a vegetarian since the age of 8 and is now 13, do I need to be concerned aout her diet during puberty?

Yes you do.: Is she a strict vegan or does she eat eggs, drink milk, and so on. Strict vegeterian diets usually are deficient in some vitamins--particularly the bs--and also low in iron which she'll need to supplement when her period starts. At a minimum, she should have periodic tests for anemia and take a good multivitamin with iron. ...Read more

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How can 14yr old Asian girl grow taller faster? She is born on the dec & menses just begun in this mid year. Her height is 149cm. Can she be till160cm

How can 14yr old Asian girl grow taller faster? She is born on the dec & menses just begun in this mid year. Her height is 149cm. Can she be till160cm

Not much control: The height of a person is genetically determined. Some people say that nutrition and activities and hormones can change growth pattern. It is still probably genetically determined as the extent of growth in view of optimum nutrition, exercise and hormone balance. ...Read more

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Can a 9 year old who hasn't even started puberty be ovulating? I'm so confused on the ovulation and menarche and if menarche is triggered by an ovulat

Can a 9 year old who hasn't even started puberty be ovulating? I'm so confused on the ovulation and menarche and if menarche is triggered by an ovulat

Sequence matters: The sequence of changes in female puberty is well defined. The estrogens of early puberty cause nipple enlargement as a first evident feature (pelvis widening is earlier but silent) . Within 2-3 years thereafter the first menstrual flow should occur. Menarche is estrogen, not ovulation, dependent.Girls may not ovulate on a regular basis the first year but they may ovulate before their first cycle. ...Read more

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She is not getting her menses meanwhile she is not pregnant and she is 31 years of age. It started after she got married in 2007, ?

She is not getting her menses meanwhile she is not pregnant and she is 31 years of age. It started after she got married in 2007, ?

Amenorrhea : A young woman who has stopped menstruating has "secondary amenorrhea". There are many causes for this. Most of which are hormonal. She would need a gyn doc or an endocrinologist to do the work up, which would involve an exam and many blood tests to check for causes of this disturbance, including: thyroid problems, premature ovarian failure, polycystic ovarian syndrome, the list goes on. ...Read more

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My daughter stopped eating at young age which made her growth reduce and now she is 14 and she eats healthy but could she still get taller?

My daughter stopped eating at young age which made her growth reduce and now she is 14 and she eats healthy but could she still get taller?

Probably: Most 14 year-old girls have not stopped growing, so will gain some height. Only the doctor who has been seeing here and charting her growth annually can tell what the growth trend has been. Meanwhile, she eat enough healthy foods, exercise appropriately, and get plenty of sleep at night. ...Read more

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How do you know if a girl has completed pubertal development? I have PCOS and undeveloped breasts at age 19 (almost 20). Is there any treatment?

How do you know if a girl has completed pubertal development? 
I have PCOS and undeveloped breasts at age 19 (almost 20). Is there any treatment?

See endocrinologist: When a girl has developed axillary and pubic hair ,had spurt of growth ,full breast development and started menstruation that shows she completed puberty development .Your diagnosis of PCOS and undeveloped breast at 19 years of age shows there is harnone deficiency .You should consult GYN and endocrinologist doctors for investigation and treatment ...Read more

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If a mother had her menarche at age 13, at which age would you expect the daughter to have hers? How long prior to menarche do you ovulate?:)

If a mother had her menarche at age 13, at which age would you expect the daughter to have hers? How long prior to menarche do you ovulate?:)

Varies: Menarche is driven by estrogen, the dominant female hormone and may or may not be preceded by ovulation.My first delivery to a 13 yo had never reached menarche. Many girls do not ovulate on a regular basis for 6m-1yr post menarche & cycles are often irregular.Many have a clear to grayish discharge in the months prior to starting. 2 to 2,5 yrs after nipple emergence is a common starting point. ...Read more

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