Advice about Puberty

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Son's late puberty

May 2008

There's been a lot of discussion about early puberty but I haven't seen anything about late puberty. This was my ''affliction'' as a kid - I was extremely late and it made for a difficult adolescence. At least one of my children seems to have inherited this gene and I would hope that he could have an easier time of it than I did, but I'm not sure how. Is he probably not going to be as late as I was due to all the hormones, etc? Is there anything that can speed up one's natural path? Anonymous

After all my research on early puberty, including tests that my daughter went through that eventually ruled out early onset puberty, my advice to you is to consult with your pediatrician and get a referral to an endocrinologist who can advise about bringing on puberty. They'll have the best information about your options. Good luck.

Thoughtful Mother Trying to Make an Informed Decision

You might want to get your son/daughter tested for celiac disease. This is a symptom of it, and it's quite common. I had my period at 16, and then started going into early menopause before I gave up on gluten. I think it's because your body doesn't get enough nutrition. Late bloomer