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What are signs of early puberty?

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They're the same as puberty -- it's the timing that's different.

In girls, starting before age 7:

In boys, starting before age 9:

Growth spurts are another sign of early puberty in both girls and boys.

  • Breast development (often the first sign)
  • Menstruation, typically 2-3 years after earlier symptoms start
  • Growth of the testicles, penis, and scrotum
  • A deepening voice, usually later

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

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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