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Delayed puberty: The typical adolescent, endowed with the impatience and insecurities of youth, would probably insist that any nanosecond that doesn’t bring an increase in height, breast size or beard growth qualifies as delayed puberty. Medicine has its own definitions: for boys, no testicular enlargement by the age of thirteen; and for girls, no breast development by thirteen or no menarche by sixteen. ...Read more
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
Consult nutritionist: A number of factors affect onset of puberty, including genetics and environment. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen before and during puberty is essential for optimal development. At the peak of adolescence, nutritional demands can be twice as high as the remaining years of adolescence, so best to talk to your doctor about diet/exercise to ensure adequate nutrients and fitness. Best ...Read more
Late puberty: Most cases of delayed puberty are simply variants of normal development and not cause for alarm. Half of all adolescents who experience such delays have a parent or sibling whose growth followed a similar pattern. Depending on the cause, workup will include tests for malnutrition brought on by diseases, medications or eating disorders in addition to growth hormone, testosterone and other hormones. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Inferiority: Believe it or not, bullies tend to have inferiority complexes, often from having been bullied themselves. and yes, it can continue into adult life. Tell someone you know and trust about the bullying. Keeping it inside does no good. DO NOT TAKE THE LAW INTO YOUR OWN HANDS. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My husband is very tall and manly and is upset that our boy is not. Is it possible that he could be having a late puberty?
What a shame: Your boy is a boy. How can a boy be "manly" if he hasn't gone through puberty? The positive aspect of delayed puberty is that your son is still growing and will continue to grow until after puberty. Your husband needs to accept that his son will be whatever he grows up to be, be that small and thin, geeky or a jock, straight or gay. He will always be your son. Hope your husband will accept that. ...Read more
Is full compensatory/catch up growth possible after late puberty? How about at age 20 if growth plates are open until 23.
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