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Dr. Samuel Freedman
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Very Late Puberty (Overview)

If a child does not experience breast development by age 13 (in girl) or testicular enlargement by age 14 ( in boy), her/his pubertal development is delayed.


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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?

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

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Dr. Samuel Freedman
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Very Late Puberty (Overview)

If a child does not experience breast development by age 13 (in girl) or testicular enlargement by age 14 ( in boy), her/his pubertal development is delayed.


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Is late puberty mean I did a bad thing?

Highly doubt it: A little more information would help: girls or boys (they're different?) what age? What pubertal changes have happened, if any? Chance that it's anything you or anyone else 'caused' is unlikely. ...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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In my late puberty i was treated with testosterone to help me grow, could this be related to my excessive body hair growth?

In my late puberty i was treated with testosterone to help me grow, could this be related to my excessive body hair growth?

Side effects: Yes, testosterone can cause excessive hair growth. I would advise you to see your pcp for additional recommendations regarding this issue. Take care. ...Read more

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Are there treatments of late puberty?

Yes: Yes, but very unusual to need them. Unless there is a serious hormonal deficiency, nature does take it's course.For those kids with hormonal deficiencies, replacement hormonal therapy managed by the approprite specialist is available. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of dandruff (during puberty)?

How can I get rid of dandruff (during puberty)?

Dandruff: There are soecific shampoos available for dandruff. Anti-fungal shampoos are also available which can be used since the cause of dandruff is usually fungal in origin ...Read more

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How to naturally prevent excess breast growth during puberty for 12 year old girl who has just got her first periods 5 months back?Excess growth seen

No way: To prevent breast growth that I am aware of. There is a condition called juvenile hypertrophy of the breast that may require surgical correction. I would make your pediatrician or doctor aware of the problem. ...Read more

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Does a boys voice get deeper in late puberty?

Yes: It gets deeper in puberty---period. This is often referred to as "his voice is breaking from singing treble to singing bass". ...Read more

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Very late puberty possible at age 20?

Very late puberty possible at age 20?

Late puberty: Possible but unlikely. If puberty is really not completed by this age you should see an endocrinologist. There may be a pathological reason why not. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Very late puberty?

What is the definition or description of: Very late puberty?

Delayed puberty: If a child does not experience breast development by age 13 (in girl) or testicular enlargement by age 14 ( in boy), her/his pubertal development is delayed. ...Read more

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Can a girl have a very late puberty at age 20?

Can a girl have a very late puberty at age 20?

Not normal: Puberty generally ranges from 9-14 years old. If it is delayed beyond that, there is an hormonal problem that must be evaluated by an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Very late puberty so would growth hormones help?

Very late puberty so would growth hormones help?

Gh: Not really related unless you are short. You may have adult gh deficiency. Too late to get any height. But it could positively affect your metabolism. ...Read more

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Very late puberty. Getting worried. So would growth hormones help?

Very late puberty. Getting worried. So would growth hormones help?

Puberty: Late puberty is likely due to benign delayed growth. In rare cases it can be due to pituitary problems or thyroid disorder. Systemic disease can also cause delay. ...Read more

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At 12 I was avg. wgt (45kg). Over next few years I got very skinny, still had fat tho, just no muscle development. Had very very late puberty?? 18 now

At 12 I was avg. wgt (45kg). Over next few years I got very skinny, still had fat tho, just no muscle development. Had very very late puberty?? 18 now

Late puberty: You should see a primary doctor as soon as possible! (Spent 27 years in Sydney before coming to USA. Visited QLD only once and had a good time. Now I am 72 and still working hard and enjoying life.) ...Read more

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I am experiencing small testes. The following also describe me: Very late puberty and Abnormally small penis. What should I do?

I am experiencing  small testes. The following also describe me: Very late puberty and Abnormally small penis. What should I do?

Doctor can evaluate: One's regular pediatrician, a pediatric endocrinologist, or an adolescent medicine doctor all have experience with the normal development of boys to men. One concern is whether or not there is low sex hormones. Sometimes, a smaller penis is normal or may run in the family. Chromosomal analysis is sometimes done to see if there is a genetic cause. A pediatric urologist can also help. ...Read more

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I'm about 5'5 my mom is 5'7 and my dad is 6 ft tall I am 18 and started puberty very late in 9th grade. I am still growing what height might i grow ?

I'm about 5'5 my mom is 5'7 and my dad is 6 ft tall I am 18 and started puberty very late in 9th grade. I am still growing what height might i grow ?

Depends: Your genetic potential or mid-parental height is 5 ft 7 in. Your current height is within the acceptable variation around your genetic potential. At 18 years of age, it is unlikely your growing anymore at an appreciable rate. If your period started longer than two years ago then you're probably done. If you want to know for sure, have your doctor get a bone age ( x-ray of left hand). ...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