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Precocious Puberty

Precocious Puberty

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This unusual condition results in the very early onset of puberty and its associated symptoms and changes. This includes early growth of pubic hair, breast growth amongst girls and development of the male genitalia. Although there is no official ‘norm’ for starting puberty, precocious puberty normally refers to the onset of these symptoms significantly earlier than 8 years old. Although there have been cases linked to hormonal problems and brain injury, most cases have no clear cause. One of the key concerns surrounding precocious puberty is that it leads to a growth spurt that leaves children taller than other kids for a while, but then significantly shorter in later life. Treatment is normally focussed on hormone therapy to try and control the development rate.

If you think your child may be going through early puberty, check our guide especially for parents on Embarrassing Bodies: Kids website.

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Hi im a 24 year old male when I was around 8 I was in bed fiddling with my penis just gently swirling it around and all of a sudden it shrunk .. I thought from that day it would have fixed itself but it hasn't .. its somewhat destroyed my teenage years and made me feel less of a man its about an inch and a half flacid and 4 inch erect , its caused me to have issues so I can't get a girlfriend I've never talked to anyone about it and feel like now is the time to finally try and see what the issue is I know and I've seen comments saying size doesn't matter and find a girl who takes you for what you are but with this I will never feel comfortable I'll never feel like a man that day when it shrunk ruined my life there must be something to resolve it idk :/ when I was a child I had an issue which led to me needed a lot of steroids when I was around 2 by apart from that I've never been ill please help me !!!!!!





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heello im 17 i havent grown since 13 because of early puberty and i havent had any treatment im 4"11 , 1.50 cm , can i grow taller is it too late ?





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I am 15 nearly 16 I have pubic hair, armpit hair, hair on the bottom of my belly and The hair on my upper lip has just started to go dark, but my penis is only 8.5 cm when unerect is this late puberty?





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My daughter is 11 and half she started her periods in June and has them every 19-21 days is this normal ,I was her age when I started but mine have always been every 26 days,she has tender boobs and bad stomach cramps during and week befor can you help .x





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Yes, it is completely normal everyone's body is different. It is her normal cycle.

i am 18 nearly 19 and i have just got pubic hair around my groin but i dont have armpit hair or a beard and my penis is only 4 inches erect why am i a late starter and will anything change :(





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Hi there, I'm a 17 year old male, I haven't got many pubic hairs in my groin area and my voice hasn't broken yet and my penis and testicles haven't enlargened from when I must've been about the age of 12, I know that I'm late to puberty but I researched it and it said that if I was late I should hit puberty by the age of 15-16 but now I'm 17 and have had no changes ,what can I do to help me hit puberty? can anyone help me please?





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Lately I have noticed and increase in the irregularity of my periods. I started at age 11-12 and am now 13 I am mildly autistic and I feel intense pain when on my period and hate showering or bathing as it gets worse. My hormones make my moods unpredictable and I get explosively angry over nothing but at school I care for a friend who relies heavily on support from teachers and myself and I hate seeing her scared or upset sometimes I feel like slapping her but I hate myself after this sensation. I hate eating also like in general Am I Normal?





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I had me first period when I was in the year 5 summer holidays. I didnt have one for another 2 years so when i was in year 7. This period consisted of chunky, gunky blood. I don't know what to do. I don't want to speak to my mum as a find this embarrassing. I am now in year 8 and haven't had one since year 7. What should I do?





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I think you may have early on set puberty. Only think to do is wait it out. Have you started growing pubic hair?

Have you started to grow breast?

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Im a 15 yr old boy and im in puberty but when i talk to any one on the phone they think im a girl and i dont no wat to do





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Do young girls suffer from flatulence? My 10 year old daughter has recently started doing the most horrendous farts and she claims she I unable to stop them. Is this a pre pubescent thing?





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