Common "Puberty" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


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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My daughter has oily skin and spots on her forehead. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 12 years old and facing oily skin and spots on the forehead. What should I do to prevent this? Kindly help.   Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. It is common to have acne during puberty as there will be a hormone surge during this time. Let me give you some acne information. Acne is a disorder of the pilosebaceous unit, pilo-hair, and sebaceous (oil-producing) glands. These pilosebaceo...  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 154.3 lbs 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...  Read Full »

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 Majid Hanif

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 and ...  Read Full »

Why did my daughter's growth slow down after her menarche?

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 n...  Read Full »

Is it normal to attain puberty at the age of 9?

Query: Hello doctor, Is it fine for a 9-year-old to start her period?  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is less likely that a girl age 9 years would have started her periods. A detailed evaluation with probably MRI brain (for pituitary status), levels of LH (luteinizing hormone), FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone), TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone), etc., will be r...  Read Full »

How much height gain will I have during puberty?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 13 years old. I have been curious about puberty and height. I am currently 5 feet 6 inches and really insecure about my body and height. I feel very hairy and fair. I have been researching tanner stages of development and I am around tanner stage 4. I have hair around my inner thigh...  Read Full »

Dr. Manu Chandarashekhara Bharadwaj

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I appreciate your efforts of going into the details about puberty and its effects on the body. You have done quite a bit of research. You only need to understand a few more things. 1. First, not everybody’s body responds the same way to puberty. The genetic makeup ha...  Read Full »

I am a 20-year-old female with a weight of 50 kg. I have had acne since puberty. What is the reason?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 20-year-old female with a weight of 110 pounds. I have had acne since puberty. I am currently using Benzac AC 2.5 % gel. I have used Deriva BPO gel previously. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Follow the below steps for your grade 3 acne. I suggest (consult with a specialist doctor, talk with him or her and take medicines with their consent) capsule Doxycycline 100 mg once daily. Apply Deriva BPO (Benzoyl Peroxide) gel on acne once at night. Avoid rubbing it....  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 »

Please explain the growth cycle of a female child.

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter is 9 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 puberty ...  Read Full »

Dr. Simy Mathew

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 »

My 15-year-old daughter is gaining a lot of weight recently. What could be the reason?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter is gaining a lot of weight recently. She is 15 years and does not have any major health concerns. What would be the reason? Please help. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Some general information and potential reasons why your daughter might be gaining weight are Puberty: During adolescence, significant hormonal changes occur, which can affect a teenager's body composition. It is common ...  Read Full »

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