Puberty and Sexual Development Disorders
Puberty is the stage in a child’s life that marks sexual maturity. Boys and girls undergo many physical changes at puberty, and achieve fertility due to the influence of reproductive hormones.
The onset of puberty is determined by a number of factors including nutrition, genes, and body weight. It can start between the ages of 10 and 14 in girls, and 12 and 16 in boys. At the time of puberty, endocrine glands release hormones that lead to the development of secondary sexual characteristics, such as pubic hair, breast development in girls, and voice changes in boys. The major hormones that bring about these changes are oestrogen, secreted by the ovaries in girls; and testosterone, released by the testicles in boys.
- Why does my daughter have irregular menstrual cycles? Is she suffering from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- What is male gynaecomastia?
- Does my child have androgen insensitivity? What do you mean by Ambiguous genitalia?
- What causes delayed puberty and sexual development?
- My young child is developing breasts. Is she going into Precocious or early puberty?
- What is gender dysphoria and how it is treated?
- Does my child have Turner Syndrome?