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Delayed Puberty - A Complete Guide
Last Updated: 12 Aug, 21 / By: REYO
What Is Delayed Puberty?
Delayed Puberty is defined as the lack of physical signs of sexual maturity at the usual age range. Puberty in girls usually starts between the ages of 9 – 13. The age range varies for every individual. Puberty may start earlier or it may start later.
Signs of Delayed Puberty
- Lack of Breast Growth at the age of 13.
- No Menstruation within 5 years from the start of your breast growth.
Most often, the Cause of Delayed Puberty is not known. Other causes may be due to,
- The child’s family history of Delayed Puberty may be the cause.
- No proper Uterus and Vaginal development at the specific age range.
- Having more Prolactin Hormone.
- Having Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
- Problems in hormone-releasing glands (Pituitary or Thyroid Glands).
- Chromosomal and Genetic disorders.
- Lack of eating or Eating disorder (Malnourished body).
- Chronic illness as Diabetes, Cell Anaemia, Asthma, etc., may go through their puberty too late.
- Congenital Syndrome as Cardiac problems, Spina bifida (no proper formation of the spinal cord).
- Too much Exercising or Sporting makes girls body lean (as their body needs enough fat to start their puberty).
- Children having Constitutional Growth Delay (CGD) will start puberty later than their peers.
- Psychiatric medications can also lead to Delayed Puberty.
Diagnosing Delayed Puberty should be clinical. Initially, the doctor will ask for the child’s health conditions and medicines. Then your child undergoes a physical examination to analyze whether she is having any signs of starting Puberty. The doctor will also ask about the family history of such a disorder.
They might take Blood Tests to check the hormone levels, signs of chromosomal and genetic disorders, chronic illness, etc., They often take X-rays to examine the maturity of the bones, whether their growth is normal. Doctors may go for an MRI to ensure that there are no problems in hormone-releasing glands.
Treatment for Delayed Puberty is based on the cause. When there are no underlying medical disorders, she doesn’t need treatment. They will start to develop on their own after some time. If your child has any medical disorders, doctors prescribe hormone therapy and medications.