Causes of Delayed puberty

Delayed Puberty

Many children with delayed puberty will eventually go through an otherwise normal puberty, just at a late age. Sometimes, this delay occurs because the child is just maturing more slowly than average, a condition called constitutional delay of puberty. This condition often runs in families.

Puberty can be delayed in children who have not gotten proper nutrition due to long-term illnesses. Also, some young girls who undergo intense physical training for a sport, such as running or gymnastics, start puberty later than normal.3

In other cases, the delay in puberty is not just due to slow maturation but occurs because the child has a long-term medical condition known as hypogonadism (pronounced HI-poe-GO-nad-iz-uhm), in which the sex glands (the testes in men and the ovaries in women) produce few or no hormones.

Hypogonadism can be divided into two categories: secondary hypogonadism and primary hypogonadism.

Source: NICHD (NIH)1

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Malnutrition: Malnutritionin children can result in failure to grow at the expected rate, both in terms of height andweight. Children may also have delayed puberty.

Source: NHS Choices UK2

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Turner syndrome: At puberty (usually at age 8 to 14), a girl with Turner syndrome will not have the normal growth spurt, even with female oestrogen hormone replacement (HRT).

Source: NHS Choices UK3

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Turner syndrome: Around 90% of girls with Turner syndrome will not produce enough of these sex hormones, which means they may not start their monthly periods naturally.

Source: NHS Choices UK4

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Ulcerative colitis: Ulcerative colitis, and some of the treatments for it, can affect growth and delay puberty.

Source: NHS Choices UK5

Causes of Delayed puberty

Causes of the condition may include:6 Causes of Delayed Puberty:

Causes List for Delayed puberty

Some of the possible causes of Delayed puberty or similar disorders may include:7

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  1. Source: NICHD (NIH): health/ topics/ puberty/ conditioninfo/ Pages/ causes.aspx
  2. Source: NHS Choices UK: conditions/ coeliac-disease/ symptoms/ 
  3. Source: NHS Choices UK: conditions/ turner-syndrome/ symptoms/ 
  4. ibid.
  5. Source: NHS Choices UK: conditions/ ulcerative-colitis/ complications/ 
  6. Source: Human Phenotype Ontology
  7. Source: Algorithmically Generated List

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