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When Do Men Stop Growing
16-20 years: Most men finish their height growth by age 20 years. Rarely, there may be growth after that, & often growth is over before then. Seeing an x-ray of growth plates of bones (so called "bone age") can give a good estimate of the likelihood of future growth potential. Genetics plays a major role here, so knowing when related males finished their growth would help in predicting one's ultimate height. ...Read more
Are there any natural ways to grow taller? When do guys (men) stop growing taller? I'm 17 and I've heard it's 21 the age guys stop growing.
Nature: Your numbers are off a bit. Most women stop at 16-17 and men at 17-18 as a response to the hormones that drive puberty.These hormones tell the growth centers to finish and solidify in preparation for adult life. The growth centers are a weaker bone feature that are subject to greater risk of injury, once closed, the weakness is gone as is the potential for more linear growth. ...Read more
Puberty: Hi!, Growth rates vary due to genetics, genders and environments. Hormone issues can also have an effect. Generally People are done growing by their early 20's. If a person continues to grow taller they may have a condition called Giantism and they should see an endocrinologist soon. ...Read more
Is it possible for adult males to grow taller than they are or do they just stop growing once they become men? If possible, how can I grow taller?
Unlikely to happen: Some kids continue to grow taller into their late teens or rarely early twenties but only when their bone maturity lags behind their age. If the growth centers of the long bones have fused, you cannot grow taller. A single x-ray of the wrist ; hand can yield a bone maturity. Most boys stop at 17. When you have reached bony maturity, you are done. ...Read more
Around after puberty: It depends on when a boy finishes puberty. A boy usually finishes puberty between 15 and 17 years old, with an average penile length of 6 inches. By the time a man reaches his 20's, the penis stops growing, which coincides when the person stops growing further in height also. Interestingly the penis tends to undergo an actual (and irreversible) reduction in size with > 60's. ...Read more
Many things: First a firm diagnosis needs to be made by an experienced doctor in this field. Once made, contrahormal therapy, epilation, electrolysis, & laser are the most common methods of unwanted hair removal. Body hair is easy to control in this fashion. Facial hair is more resistant to treatment, but can be done. Finally castration or sex reassignment surgery usually is sufficient for body hair control. ...Read more
What do you suggest if I am 5'8" and want to grow taller but I am 20 yrs old years old and people keep telling me men stop growing after age 20. Is our body not as effective?
Wishful thinking: Unless the family has a tendency toward late growth, most male growth is done by 17-18. Linear growth continues until the growth centers close, (17-18 in most) some will have slower closure of the centers and continue at a slow pace to 20.An x-ray of the wrist and hand can be assessed for growth centers and determine if growh is still possible. ...Read more
When a man who takes an excessive amount of performance enhancing steroids stops taking steroids, could the man essentially grow breasts and lactate?
Yes: There is a substantial amount of evidence linking performance enhancing drugs and male breast enlargement. I would recommend consultation first with your primary care provider. If the breast enlargement is still present after stopping the supplements, you can seek consultation with a plastic surgeon for male breast reduction surgery. ...Read more
What can I use or take to stop hair from growing on my breast and leg? Is it normal? I feel like a man :- (
Excess hair: This might be due to hormonal imbalance in your body. Increase Estrogen/Testosterone can occur and cause excess hair growth. If this is more than usual you need to consult your physician and do some blood work to make sure your hormones and all other systems are working fine first ...Read more
Just about right:
I would agree with you that most of men are done with vertical growth by about 20. Some may stop a bit earlier and some later, but my guess would be around 20. Unfortunately, we continue to grow sideway persistently into oldage.
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Only very young men: In order to have a late growth spurt in height, a young man's growth plates in his leg bones must still be open (not fused closed). Usually, any late growth spurts are at age 17-19, and tend to be genetically determined, so other male relatives may show a similar growth pattern. Growth spurts after age 19 are very unusual, but with over 3 billion males on earth, such spurts possibly could happen. ...Read more
Around 17-18: Unless the family has a tendency toward late growth, most male growth is done by 17-18. Linear growth continues until the growth centers close, (17-18 in most) some will have slower closure of the centers and continue at a slow pace to 20.An x-ray of the wrist and hand can be assessed for growth centers and determine if growh is still possible. ...Read more
Depends: Linear growth depends on growth centers in the long bones. Puberty accelerates and then ends growth by closing the growth plates. If you entered puberty at the average time you usually finish growth by 17-18.If late, and bone centers (xray of hand) are more consistent with a 15 yo you might grow in your 20's.If the growth centers are closed, you are done. If you have not grown in a year, U are. ...Read more
Until centers close: Both genders can grow taller until their growth centers close. An x-ray of the wrist/hand has many growth centers & is the standard way to determine state of growth & predict when or verify that the growth centers have closed. For males this can be from 15-20 but is usually 17-18. ...Read more
Depends on variables: Most males finish their growth by age 17-18. Growth centers in the long bones respond to the hormones of puberty by closing at a predictable pace. An x-ray of your wrist and hand can be assessed for growth plates and if more like a 14-15 yo you could expect more growth. If your growth plates have closed, you are done. ...Read more
Probably no: Once the bone growth plates haves closed (this can be determined on an X-ray) there is little potential for further growth in height. If you are in the late stages of puberty or beyond, this has probably already occurred for the most part. Diet probably not much of a role unless there is nutritional deficiency. ...Read more
I have asked my husband to not look at porn, it bothers me. He said he always will. That all men do it and he won't stop. Is bad that he won't stop?
Pornography: Not all men look at it. It is a very strong addiction in some men and women. It has ruined many relationship as it is difficult to live up to those expectations. Many people end up seeking self satisfaction only to pornography and relationships suffer. He needs some help, just like with any addiction and it is hard for addicts to seek. You may need to seek help first. Good luck. ...Read more
My mens start apr 23th and I'm taking bc. After 14days (May 6th) got mens again coz I stop taking bc. No more sex. When will be my possible next mens?
Few months: It can take few months until body start ovulating and menstruating by itself. ...Read more
What are some common slow growing lymphomas in young men and how long can they take to fully manifest? How is cure rate for these particular lymphomas
Rare in 21 year olds: All lymphomas are rare in 21 year olds; there are no common ones. In general, the indolent lymphomas can grow very slowly with a natural history over years. These may not need treatment right away, and usually shrink very rapidly with mild chemotherapy and/or low dose radiation, but are difficult to cure and often return months to years later. These low grade disease are rare in young men. ...Read more