According to Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, puberty can be sped up in necessary cases under the supervision of a doctor through the application of temporary hormone therapy. Otherwise, TeensHealth says there is nothing teens can do themselves to effectively speed up the body's natural development. Special diets, supplements and creams have no influence, although teens should eat a nutritious diet, exercise and get enough sleep.Continue Reading
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago states that there are many instances when teens simply develop later than their peers. This is known as late puberty and is considered normal. The age at which each child begins puberty varies widely. There can be cause for medical concern in other cases, especially if a teen appears to begin puberty and then abruptly stops developing. Chronic diseases such as diabetes, cystic fibrosis, celiac disease, kidney disease and asthma can delay puberty. Malnutrition, genetic disorders, chromosome abnormalities and tumors are additional possible causes. Children who are taking medications for psychiatric conditions or are undergoing chemotherapy may experience delayed puberty.
Parents who are concerned about a child's rate of development can schedule an appointment with a pediatrician to assess the symptoms and discuss available treatment options. A doctor conducts a physical exam, assesses the child's family medical history, considers the child's accompanying health conditions and orders blood work. Other tests may be conducted if necessary, notes Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.Learn more about Menstruation
In most cases, women experience shrinkage of fibroids after menopause, but if they are taking hormone replacement therapy, women are not likely to experience any lessening of the symptoms of fibroid growth, notes Cedars-Sinai. Uterine fibroids tend to grow as estrogen levels elevate.Full Answer >
Books that describe puberty in girls with illustrations include "The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Girls" and "Ready, Set, Grow! A What's Happening to My Body Book for Younger Girls," according to Babble.com. "Tilly's Birthday: A Young Girl's Introduction to Menstruation" and "Period: A Girl's Guide" are books specifically about menstruation that include illustrations and diagrams, according to PBS Kids.Full Answer >
Girls get their first periods during puberty, typically between the ages of 10 and 15, with age 12 being the average, explains KidsHealth. Girls usually begin menstruating about two years after they begin developing breasts. A girl may also notice vaginal discharge six to 12 months before a first period, the growth of pubic hair and the typically subsequent growth of underarm hair.Full Answer >
There are different causes of extra long periods including stress, premature ovary failure, endometriosis, birth control pills, pelvic inflammatory disease, polycystic ovary syndrome, hormone imbalance and uterine polyps. Prolonged menstrual periods are usually referred to as menorrhagia and occurs when a person experiences heavy bleeding for several consecutive hours.Full Answer >