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What are the effects of early puberty?

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While kids with precocious puberty are often tall for their age, some wind up short as adults. And puberty can be a confusing time, even more so for younger kids.

There's little evidence to suggest that kids who go through puberty early have behavior problems or start sexual activity early,

Some studies have found a link between early puberty in girls and a slightly increased risk of breast cancer later in life, but the evidence isn't clear. More research needs to be done.

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Carel, J. , April 2009. Pediatrics

eMedicine: "Precocious Puberty."

Ahmed M. , 2009. Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism

Carel J. , May 29, 2008. New England Journal of Medicine

Cesario, S. May/June 2007. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing,

The Hormone Foundation: "Hormones & You."

eMedicine: "Precocious Pseudo-Puberty."

Aksglaede L. , May 2009. Pediatrics

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: "Endocrine Disrupting Effects of BPA on Puberty and Estrogen Cycles."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on June 13, 2017

SOURCES:

Carel, J. , April 2009. Pediatrics

eMedicine: "Precocious Puberty."

Ahmed M. , 2009. Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism

Carel J. , May 29, 2008. New England Journal of Medicine

Cesario, S. May/June 2007. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing,

The Hormone Foundation: "Hormones & You."

eMedicine: "Precocious Pseudo-Puberty."

Aksglaede L. , May 2009. Pediatrics

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: "Endocrine Disrupting Effects of BPA on Puberty and Estrogen Cycles."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on June 13, 2017

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