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How to know my puberty is ended ?

How to know my puberty  is ended ?

Puberty: Usually once you reach 18 years old or have passed your growth spurt. You will also have body changes appropriate for adults. ...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


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How to know if you've finished going through puberty for girls?

See below: Once you have a regular menstruation and breast and pubic hair take shapes of adult's, pubertal changes are through. ...Read more

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I'am 21 , can I grow tall ? I've stopped growing since puberty i guess.

I'am 21 , can I grow tall ? I've stopped growing since puberty i guess.

No: We all stop growing at some point; boys around 16-17, girls around 15-16. Some may grow beyond that. At 21, it is unlikely you will grow taller. ...Read more

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Possible that early puberty stopped me from achieving my height potential?

Possible that early puberty stopped me from achieving my height potential?

Maybe/maybe not: Hopefully we all go through puberty and the same hormones that push it forward eventually tell the growth centers to close. If your hormones come out too strong and early (precocious puberty) you would cut off some potential. If you entered puberty at the approximate time of your buddies, you were likely just destined to be shorter than you wanted.Your parental average +2.5 in is male expectation ...Read more

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Does growing a beard correlate to puberty? at 20 i just started growing a beard in patches. does that mean puberty hasn't finished for me yet?

Does growing a beard correlate to puberty? at 20 i just started growing a beard in patches. does that mean puberty hasn't finished for me yet?

Human growth and: development varies a great deal. Please see an endocrinologist who may test your hormone levels to make sure everything is ok. Your family doc can refer you if he/she thinks it is necessary. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Aside from acromegaly, what other types of medical conditions/problems could cause someone years after puberty ended to have an increase in height?

Aside from acromegaly, what other types of medical conditions/problems could cause someone years after puberty ended to have an increase in height?

None: Once growth plates are fused, it is not possible to grow taller, even if you have acromegaly. Acromegaly in an adult will cause increased size of soft tissues so that hands and feet are larger, but not taller. Some people will not have complete closer of growth plates until they are many years after puberty, but it would be unlikely after age 20. ...Read more

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Aside from acromegaly what other conditions would cause 32 YO woman to grow signif taller?Went thru puberty yrs ago, stopped growing around 22 til now

Aside from acromegaly what other conditions would cause 32 YO woman to grow signif taller?Went thru puberty yrs ago, stopped growing around 22 til now

Not: generally considered possible. BUT, you know your clothes.
What comes to mind isn't growth, since the leg bones irreversibly mature but change in shape:
better posture, change in scoliosis, change in angle of leg in hip.
You'll want to see an ortho or rheumatologist about this. ...Read more

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What is the disease or diseases where adult stopped growing normally after puberty but then 13 years later started growing in height again out of blue?

What is the disease or diseases where adult stopped growing normally after puberty but then 13 years later started growing in height again out of blue?

Late height growth: I have not experienced this in my practice. When you stop growing the bone does not continue to grow and certainly not 13 years later.
There are conditions where certain parts of your bone structure grow but you don't get taller.
That condition is acromegaly.
Please see your doctor about this. ...Read more

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My sperm isnt puffy and white its more of a silky clear color and im 16 and think I've finished puberty?

My sperm isnt puffy and white its more of a silky clear color and im 16 and think I've finished puberty?

Relax!: At least wait until after puberty is over to begin obsessing about your sperm and sexual functioning. Everything is going to be fine. ...Read more

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I am 18 and I look more like 13. I started puberty maybe a year ago and it just stopped. Why do I look young? Is it possible to speed up puberty?

I am 18 and I look more like 13. I started puberty maybe a year ago and it just stopped. Why do I look young? Is it possible to speed up puberty?

Time for consult: Any male that has not had obvious pubertal changes by 14 and is not then progressing thru puberty should be evaluated by a pediatric endocrinologist. Your PCP may be able to start the process with bone age studies and blood tests while you wait to get in. Your complete hormonal system needs a checkup, and the issue of what if any supplemental hormones can be determined at that time. ...Read more

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Is it possible to grow taller after puberty? I'm 23 year old nd i stopped growing at the age of 15.Is there any exercise so that i can grow 2 inches

Is it possible  to grow taller after puberty? I'm 23 year old nd i stopped growing at the age of 15.Is there any exercise so that i can grow 2 inches

Growing taller: Once your growth plates have closed off in your bones you will stop growing. There is not drug to change this. Growth hormone can only be used to increase height while the growth plates are still open. ...Read more

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My daughter attained puberty at 11yrs and 9 mths, After few month stopped growing infact her boneshave shrunk and she is weighing 39kgs forlast 3yrs?

My daughter attained puberty at 11yrs and 9 mths,  After few month stopped growing infact her boneshave shrunk and she is weighing 39kgs forlast 3yrs?

39 Kgs: You need to take your daughter to the pediatrician and ask to see the growth curves. Sounds like she is growing away from the curve and she will need a specialist in growth to take care of her.

Do not delay! ...Read more

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Just asked question about what causes an adult to start growing again many yrs after puberty ended. Doc said normal situation. Is that normal to occur?

Just asked question about what causes an adult to start growing again many yrs after puberty ended. Doc said normal situation. Is that normal to occur?

Growing where?: After puberty, height growth should be stable, but hands, feet and jaw may grow if there is over production of growth hormone by a benign tumor of the pituitary gland and is called acromegaly and should be checked out. Breast and genital growth are influenced by different hormones. Increase in body hair may be seen with PCOS and post menopausal. ...Read more

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My son's 14, 6ft tall, hit puberty at 10 or 11, and is starting to grow facial hair. Pretty sure he's stopped growing but could he still be taller?

My son's 14, 6ft tall, hit puberty at 10 or 11, and is starting to grow facial hair. Pretty sure he's stopped growing but could he still be taller?

A bit: It sounds like he has reached his adult height. An xray of his long bones would identify if his growth plate is still active or if he has stopped growing. ...Read more

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Is it possible for puberty to stall? My almost 18yo son's voice stopped lowering and facial hair stopped developing yet both not fully developed.

Is it possible for puberty to stall? My almost 18yo son's voice stopped lowering and facial hair stopped developing yet both not fully developed.

Possible but rare: Once puberty starts it rarely stalls. A problem with the testes or the pituitary gland could explain this or it could be a normal variation. If you are really concerned he could get some tests ordered by his PCP which should include LH and FSH (pituitary hormones regulating puberty) and testosterone and if those are normal you need not be concerned but if abnormal he should see endocrinology. ...Read more

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I stopped drinking soda & started eating a little healthier, yet i keep breaking out with blackheads.Is this just puberty or do I need a special diet?

I stopped drinking soda & started eating a little healthier,  yet i keep breaking out with blackheads.Is this just puberty or do I need a special diet?

Acne: In general diet has minimal effects on acne. Get a consultation with one of HealthTap physicians to evaluate your acne and recommend a treatment plan. You may also see your physician for this issue. There are a wide range of therapies for acne from topical creams to very powerful medications that you take by mouth ...Read more

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Hey, im 19 years old and im still not finished in puberty, I have pubic hair and I have to shave in the face from time to time, how can I speed it up?

Still growing?: Some boys continue to grow after high school for a year or so if they started puberty late. However, of this isn't the case, then you may merit an endocrine evaluation to make sure that your development is going normally. ...Read more

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Been on prozac (fluoxetine) since a kid now an adult who cants maintain an erection. and puberty stopped when i started the pro zac is there a correlation?

Been on prozac (fluoxetine) since a kid now an adult who cants maintain an erection. and puberty stopped when i started the pro zac is there a correlation?

Hmmm...not sure: Don't know that I'd agree that Prozac (fluoxetine) STOPPED you from entering or completing puberty exactly but I definitely agree that it very well could be a major contributing cause or even the reason for your erectile dysfunction. Talk to your healthcare provider and see if they can switch you to something that will allow your erectile function to return. You still have your libido, no? ...Read more

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Hi is a 6 inch penis for a14 year old that has little pubic hair and has not finished puberty big? And will it grow and how much?

Hi is a 6 inch penis for a14 year old that has little pubic hair and has not finished  puberty big? And will it grow and how much?

Relax and stop to...: Your current 6-inch penis is long and good, and you still expect another 4-5 years to grow since physical growth comes to halt soon reaching adulthood, for men, roughly age 18, as pre-coded and decided by genetic factors. So, stop worrying about your manifesting secondary sex characteristics, give time & patience, and you will be fine most likely. More? Seek evaluation & counseling. ...Read more

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What other causes other than excessive growth hormone or poss pituitary tumor can cause adult's height to grow again yrs after puberty should've ended?

What other causes other than excessive growth hormone or poss pituitary tumor can cause adult's height to grow again yrs after puberty should've ended?

Normal: situation.. That's why they call them growth spurts.
It has to do with genetics. You will stop getting taller when the growth plates (epiphysis) near the ends of the long bones close. This can occur in early childhood as in the case of "little people" or much later into early adulthood. ...Read more

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Will my 6 inch penis grow to 7 inch.14 year old that has not finished puberty with little pubic hair ?

Will my 6 inch penis grow to 7 inch.14 year old that has not finished puberty with little pubic hair
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Maybe, maybe not: You may be done, you may grow more. That is life. Why the focus on your penis ? You should spend more time studying and less looking at porn where workers are selected for their special talents. ...Read more

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What signals the body stop puberty ? Stopping bones from growing and penis growth to stop ? I took one shot of testosterone could that of stopped it?

What signals the body stop puberty ? Stopping bones from growing and penis growth to stop ? I took one shot of testosterone could that of stopped it?

Most men stop by 18: If you are 19 you are probably done with puberty and done growing. Testosterone shots (usually 4-6) are often given to boys with late puberty (after age 14) to trigger its onset but i don't think that one shot of testosterone would have stopped your growth. ...Read more

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Hello. I want to attempt to get into a serious relationship, but I’m not confident that I’m sexually capable. I first hit puberty age 19, I had a wet dream and ejaculated. After that I got curious and attempted to masturbate and that ended me up having pa

Hello. I want to attempt to get into a serious relationship, but I’m not confident that I’m sexually capable. I first hit puberty age 19, I had a wet dream and ejaculated. After that I got curious and attempted to masturbate and that ended me up having pa

Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as anxiety or depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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My daughter had a pituitary gland disorder as a child which resulted in a precocious puberty ... She stopped her zoladex injections at twelve and she is now 21 ... For the past 6 years she has suffered form acute anxiety and panic lasting for days there h

Anxiety DO: There is no reason the precocious puberty and zoladex (goserelin) treatment are directly related to anxiety, at least as a pharmacologic (drug) effect. It's possible that her experience and worries from that time are affecting her, it also may be unrelated. Evaluate with a counsellor or a good primary doctor for panic/anxiety do, and best of luck. ...Read more

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I have mild acne (reddish and puss filled pimples) only on forehead since puberty. How to get rid of it? Stopped oily & spicy food but no improvement.

I have mild acne (reddish and puss filled pimples) only on forehead since puberty. How to get rid of it? Stopped oily & spicy food but no improvement.

Acne: Your regular doctor should be able to help you with this problem If no progress is made I would recommend a visit to a dermatologist, but do give your doctor a chance. ...Read more