Delayed Puberty

Delayed puberty refers to the late onset of the various effects of puberty in adolescents. In teenage girls, it means the delay or absence of menarche. Other signs include growth spurt, increased hair, and all the other well-known symptoms of puberty. Delayed puberty may be normal, or it may ...

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The onset of puberty, the time in life when a person becomes sexually mature, typically occurs between ages 8 and 13 for girls and ages 9 and 14 for boys. Precocious puberty is puberty that begins abnormally early, and delayed puberty is puberty that begins abnormally late. ...Source: NICHD (NIH) ...1

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Causes

Causes of delayed puberty include:

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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 ...2

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Diagnosis of Delayed Puberty

How do health care providers diagnose precocious puberty & delayed puberty? To identify whether a child is entering puberty, a pediatrician (a physician specializing in the treatment of children) will carefully examine the following:

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Causes List for Delayed Puberty

Possible causes of Delayed Puberty (or similar symptoms) may include:3

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Clinical Features of Delayed Puberty

Delayed puberty is characterized by the lack of onset of puberty within the normal range of ages. Normal Puberty In Girls The signs of puberty include:

  • Growth of pubic and other body hair
  • Growth spurt
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Treatments for Delayed Puberty

Delayed Puberty: With delayed puberty or hypogonadism, treatment varies with the origin of the problem but may involve2:

  • In males, testosterone injections, skin patches, or gel
  • In females, estrogen and/or progesterone given as pills or skin patches

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References

  1. Source: NICHD (NIH): nichd.nih.gov/ health/ topics/ puberty/ Pages/ default.aspx
  2. Source: NICHD (NIH): nichd.nih.gov/ health/ topics/ puberty/ conditioninfo/ Pages/ causes.aspx
  3. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  4. Source: NICHD (NIH): nichd.nih.gov/ health/ topics/ puberty/ conditioninfo/ Pages/ treatments.aspx

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