Young men may receive testosterone and young women may receive estrogen to encourage further development if a medical cause is delaying puberty, according to the Hormone Health Network. However, some teens simply develop later than others. If no medical condition is present, doctors most often do not prescribe hormone therapy.
If hormone therapy is prescribed, it is normally a short-term solution, states Hormone Health Network. An exception to this are teenagers whose bodies cannot produce the correct amount of hormones. In this type of case, long-term hormone therapy may be required. In some cases of delayed puberty, it may be necessary to see an endocrinologist. An endocrinologist is a doctor who specializes in puberty and development. In some cases, a problem with the pituitary gland causes issues with delays in puberty.
Delayed puberty is a condition that runs in families, states the National Institutes of Health. Many conditions can contribute to puberty delays, such as improper nutrition. This can cause delayed puberty in both girls and boys. Girls who take part in sports such as running or gymnastics may experience slower development. Depending on medical conditions, delayed puberty may also be caused by radiation treatment, surgery, infection, autoimmune disorders and genetic disorders.