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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

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