The stage of human development when a boy or a girl attain sexual maturity is called puberty. It happens between age 10 and 14 years for girls and between 12 and 16 years for boys. The signs of puberty in girls are breast development, hair growth in armpits and pubic area, and menstruation begins, and that for boys is the growth of penis and testis, the voice deepens, muscles grow, and facial hair grows.

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I have not seen any growth in my height in the last five years. What could be the reason?

Query: Hi doctor, I am an 18 year old male. I have a question concerning my height. I grew from 5 feet and 2 inches to 5 feet and 9 inches between 11 to 13 years. I did not have any noticeable growth since then. Usually, you would consider me as an early bloomer, but I had not shown signs of puberty unt...  Read Full »

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I just read your query. From what you have mentioned, it does not appear that you have a delay in your height growth velocity. According to your parent's height, your predicted height turns out to be 5 feet and 11 inches, and your current height is 5 feet and 10 inches wh...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for increased hair fall in me despite normal thyroid and sugar levels?

Query: Hello doctor,I have the problem of a sudden increase in hair fall, 200 to 300 strands per day for the past month. I have not taken any medication till now. Before, I occasionally took Astymin Forte multivitamin capsules for one to two weeks to reduce hair fall. It did not help. My thyroid is normal,...  Read Full »

Dr. Filza Hafeez

Answer: Hi,Welcome to hair fall is due to the peri-pubertal period. Check your serum ferritin level because iron deficiency and hormonal imbalance cause hair fall.  Read Full »

My penis is small, and I am already finished with puberty. What should I do to make it bigger?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 18-year-old, and I have got a question. My penis is tiny; what do I do about it? I have not seen growth, and I am nearly finished with puberty. It is embarrassing, and I wondered what to do to make it bigger? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Raveendran S. R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The average length of the penis varies from 2.5 to 4 inches in the flaccid state and 4.5 to 6.5 inches in an erect state with a one-inch diameter. Studies recommended flaccid penis length of less than 1.6 inches or an erect penis of less than three inches should be cons...  Read Full »

My daughter had her menarche a year ago and her growth in height slowed down after that. What could be the reason?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter has had her menarche about one year ago. Her growth slowed down and I wondered if she would grow more. We took her to a growth clinic and checked her bone age with AI (artificial intelligence) system. Her bone age turned out to be 13 years (her actual age was 12 years and 6...  Read Full »

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I just read your query and can understand your concern about your daughter. Since your daughter has reached puberty, the bone growth plates start fusing which is a normal process that occurs post-puberty. The bone growth starts decelerating and hence the height can not...  Read Full »

I am 16 years old. How can I reduce gynecomastia without surgery?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 16 year old male with gynecomastia. I weigh 70 kg and I am about 5' 4". How can I reduce gynecomastia without surgery?  Read Full »

Dr. Makwana Tanvi Ghanshyambhai

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Gynecomastia during puberty of your age is normal. It will subside in one year's time on its own. Do not worry about it. If you are overweight or obese, then you must lose weight. No medicine is required right now and please do not develop any complex because of it...  Read Full »

Will I have an increase in height and breast size after attaining puberty?

Query: Hi doctor, Two or three years back, I started to have my symptoms of puberty. I have slight development in my height and breast. Now, I notice that I have no more changes. I feel like my height still remains the same and my breast size remains the same. I do not have any hair growth on my armpits a...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Puberty is usually reached at the age of 14 or 15 years. Do not be worried. You will have more growth in the upcoming years. You will have growth in your height and breast till 18 to 20 years of age. You have to wait and observe it. If you do ...  Read Full »

I am 5 feet tall and 16 years old. How to increase my height?

Query: Hello doctor, I want to talk to you about my height. I am a teenager who is almost 16 years old and 5 feet tall. I cannot get over my insecurity as I have a cousin who is two years younger than me, but my height is always pointed out in the family. When I was 14 years old, I stopped growing due to ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for writing and I understand your concern. You do not have to worry because the changes you are seeing in your body are physiological, and it is normal. Height growth is seen up to 20 years of life. At the age of 12 to 16, it slows down, and then it starts...  Read Full »

Why is my height not increasing after my puberty?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 15-year-old female. I hit puberty at the age of 13. Since then, my height is not growing. I think I have a growth hormone deficiency. My father's height is 5'9," and my mother's height is 4'7". I consulted an endocrinologist, and he gave me vitamin supplements. He said that my heigh...  Read Full »

Dr. Thiyagarajan. T

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your potential genetic height based on your father's and mother's height is 150 cm. You are 1 inch shorter than it and not very far from your genetic height. You do not have a growth hormone deficiency. Girls usually slow down on their growth after their first period. ...  Read Full »

Why is my tooth or gums bleeding and paining for more than a month?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 14-years-old. I really never cared much about brushing my teeth, and it has been a while since I have not brushed them. I woke up one day, and it felt like the right side of my gum was hurting, and I went to brush my teeth because I figured maybe it was a tooth growing in or somethi...  Read Full »

Dr. Shraddha A. Suryavanshi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to As you said, you are 14 years old, and at this age, it is very common to have bleeding gums. There could be two reasons as you are getting new teeth and another one you are attaining puberty. When you attain puberty, there will be a hormonal imbalance inside the body, l...  Read Full »

Is it good to have irregularity in menstrual flow during the early stages of puberty?

Query: Hi doctor, I am young and I am really paranoid. I think that there is something wrong with me. I had my period with light spotting. It was brown. After orgasm, I started to have bleeding with fresh-looking blood. Before that, I had periods for a week. I thought that it has got stopped after seeing ...  Read Full »

Dr. Raveendran S. R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. There is no need to worry about cancer. In the early stages of puberty, you will have hormonal changes and imbalances. Because of it, you can have irregular flow. The other reasons are following a sedentary lifestyle and low hemoglobin. I advi...  Read Full »

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