Puberty

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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Is it possible to experience puberty signs at the age of 9 by a girl child?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter just turned 9. She has been complaining about lower abdomen cramps, and I have noticed a few things changing. Is it possible that she is getting ready to start something and should we be prepared? She is only 9, but I have heard of other little girls starting puberty earli...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad M. Hanif Md.

Cardiologist, Criticalcare Physician, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can well understand your concern. It is not too young for her to get started with the signs of puberty. Usually, girls start puberty between 9 and 14 years. And she has started at 9; this is fine and in range. I will instead ask you to confirm about her pubic hair an...  Read Full »

No breast development at 16. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My sister is 16 years old and extremely worried about her breasts. There is no development in them at all, what so ever. There is no breast bump, they are the same size as they were when she was 5. She has had her period for two years and has pubic hair. What is wrong with her breasts...  Read Full »


Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Diabetologist, Endocrinologist, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I just read your query and I can empathize with you. Sometimes, a girl's breast can develop a bit later than most of the other girls her age. You said that she is 16 and got her periods two years ago. That means at the age of 14 years. So, it was later than most gi...  Read Full »

How many times a day can you masturbate?

Query: Hello doctor, How many times can I masturbate a day? I am a 14 year old boy going through puberty and hence such doubts.  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Udey

Geriatrician, Psychiatrist, Sexologist, Sleep Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is one of its kind and the most interesting question that I have come across. It is good to see that how an adolescent can be so inquisitive about his sexual development. In males, sexual maturity begins to appear during puberty that is, by the age of 13-14 years. H...  Read Full »

Can antidepressants cause loss of libido?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 19 years old. I do not have any sexual desire or libido. I am not getting normal erection. I have done a hormonal test to see if something is wrong. Currently, I am on antidepressant. The clinic said that the results are normal. But, I have a feeling that something must be there. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Bindiya Thakkar

Diabetologist, Endocrinologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your submitted blood work (attachment removed to protect patient identity) looks normal. I do have some questions for you though. Did you have normal puberty as compared to your peers such as height, shaving, pubic hair, etc? Did you have normal sexual desire and li...  Read Full »

Why have the periods not started yet in a teenager?

Query: Hello doctor, My 16-year-old has not grown in height in 2.5 to 3 years and has not started her period and is delayed in puberty. Seems to be a late bloomer. She is small (short) for her age and underweight but eats normally. Her bloodwork only shows low prolactin. Everything else is normal. Is ther...  Read Full »


Dr. Penchala Prasad Kandikattu

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Prolactin deficiency can cause delayed puberty. Few studies have shown that this delayed puberty is due to prolactin deficiency. Also, check for other possibilities, genetic factors, growth hormone deficiency, etc. In a few cases, supplementation of prolactin may be us...  Read Full »

Please explain the growth cycle of a female child.

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter is nine years old. She had body odor in the armpit. I was alarmed because it smelled like an adult body odor. She had sweating. A few days ago, she told about her nipple that one nipple looks normal and the other one looks hard. I want to know whether she has reached the pube...  Read Full »


Dr. Simy Mathew

Paediatrician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is normal to have these findings now because a few kids have it. Normal growth cycle follows these ways. The first one is thelarche. In this, there is a development of the breast. The second one is pubarche. In this, there is a development of pubic hair. Then the nex...  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. Tanvi Mayur Patel

Diabetologist, Endocrinologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »

Why has not my height increased in the last five years?

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

Diabetologist, Endocrinologist, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »

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