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 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 »

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

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 »

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 inche...  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 »

My daughter is 12 years old and facing oily skin and spots on the forehead. What should I do to prevent this?

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: 1. Acne is a disorder of the pilosebaceous unit, pilo-hair, and sebaceous (oil-producing) glands. These pilose...  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. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 ...  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 50 kg. 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; 1. I suggest (consult with a specialist doctor, talk with him or her and take medicines with their consent) capsule Doxycycline 100 mg once daily. 2. Apply Deriva BPO (Benzoyl Peroxide) gel on acne once at night. Avoid rubbing...  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 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 »

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