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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. Keep healthy bxnxnx--keeping an ideal body wt is a lifetime committment but it is so worth it. Good luck. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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