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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Puberty (Overview)

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 emotional, social, academic changes.


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How can I help my friend deal with going through puberty?

How can I help my friend deal with going through puberty?

Support: You may help explain certain things such as acne, menstruation, erection, hair growth, voice changes, etc., however, you don't want to do that in a way that may get them offended. You may come to their doctor along with them if they ask you to. Also, you want to be a good rôle model for them if they experience behavioral challenges at school or/and home to help them steer away from trouble. ...Read more

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Puberty (Overview)

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 emotional, social, academic changes.


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What is the main development change that will occur during puberty?

What is the main development change that will occur during puberty?

Depends: If you are a girl the process is as follows: breast buds-->pubic hair-->growth spurt--> then menses. If you are a boy the process is not as straight forward: increased body size, penile and scrotum growth, pubic hair, and voice changes. The key is growth! the childlike body becomes more and more like an adult. ...Read more

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Understanding Puberty for Boys (Tip)

Understanding Puberty for Boys

Many boys have enlarged breasts early in puberty. It's called gynecomastia. It's normal, don't worry. ...See more

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Understanding Puberty for Girls (Checklist)

Read a book about puberty
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Give your daughter a book about puberty
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Buy pads and have them ready before your daughter gets her period
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Have first talk about birth control and sexuality with your daughter
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What age do boys go through puberty?

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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What is the workup for late puberty in boys?

What is the workup for late puberty in boys?

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 more

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Understanding Puberty for Girls (Tip)

Understanding Puberty for Girls

Do not be judgemental you were not perfect during puberty allow child to be open and honest. Share. ...See more

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Understanding Puberty for Boys (Checklist)

Stage 1: Prepubertal; no signs
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Stage 2: average age 11.4 yrs (range 9.5 to 13.5 yrs)
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Stage 2: testicles and scrotum are enlarged. Pubic hair grows
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Your growth spurt begins two years after your genitals become enlarged
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How does puberty affect your skin?

How does puberty affect your skin?

Oily skin and acne: Both males and females have increased testosterone during puberty which causes excessive sebum production which then plugs up the pores forming comedones (whiteheads, blackheads). These can become inflamed and infected with bacteria and form papules and pustules (pimples and zits). End result is oilier skin and acne breakouts, acne scarring, larger pores, and hair growth. ...Read more

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What are the stages of puberty for boys?

Tanner 1 to 5: Tanner1: infantile genititals. 2: growth of the testicles and early elevation of testosterone. Scattered pubic hair. 3: growth of the penis and more pubic hair. 4: penis and testicles approaching adult size, pubic hair now a full triangle. 5: pubic hair extends to thighs and lower abdomen, and facial hair is present. Puberty usually starts at age 12 and continues for 3-4 years. ...Read more

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