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Early stages of puberty after a grown chronological age. Why am I still not developing?

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I'm now 18 and a half years old but I'm still only in the early stages of puberty and have seemed to be for a very long time now. I tell myself I'll develop eventually but I feel it's taking an unusually long time and someone of my age should be much more developed than I am at this point in my life
Posted Sun, 3 Jun 2012 in Growth and Development in Children
Answered by Dr. Yogesh D 1 hour later
Hello Mr. XXXXXXX Watson,

Thank you very much for posting your query.

I understand your concern and I greatly appreciate your initiative to seek help.

Mr. XXXXXXX I have carefully read your account, I would like to know a few specifics about your problem, so if you do not mind, please write back to me with the answers to these following questions.

1. What do you mean by early stages of puberty? Do you mean to say that you do not have pubic hair/beard/chest hair?

2. Has your penis size(When it is erect) increased in the past few years compared to your childhood size?

3. Do you have pubic hair?

4. Have you developed hair under your armpits?

5. Do you masturbate? If yes, do you ejaculate (Does the semen come out at the end of masturbation)?

6. How is your overall bodily growth?

7. What do you mean by some one of your age should be more developed? (What according to you are those signs of development)?

8. Have you grown longer and bulkier over the past few years?

9. What is your hight and weight?

Please do write back with the answers to these questions so that I will be able to help you in a better way.

By your description it is quite difficult for me to comment whether you actually have any issue in your development or is it just that you feel you are not developed.

I would like to reassure you that, each individual has a different pattern of growth and development, so if you see that your friends have started shaving and you don't need to shave yet, it is not abnormal.

Each person matures at his own pace and takes his own time, and you are still in that phase of growth so there is absolutely nothing to be worried about at this point of time.

All you need to do is, concentrate on your studies, develop and practice healthy food habits, exercise regularly, play an outdoor game.

If you seriously feel that there is something wrong in your development, (If you are too short compared to your classmates) then you should consult an endocrinologist for a complete examination and some investigations to estimate the levels of different hormones in your body.

Hope this information is of some help to you.

Please do write back with the answers.

Awaiting your response.

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Follow-up: Early stages of puberty after a grown chronological age. Why am I still not developing? 3 hours later
Yes I do have pubic hair but I have very little hair under my armpits and no facial hair whatsoever.

My penis size has grown but not fully I don't think.

I do masturbate sometimes and I can ejaculate.

Im very skinny as I'm about 5 foot 10 but only weight just over 9 and a half stone and haven't developed at all in terms of bulk.

I look around at other people at school and a majority of them are much bulkier than me and are shaving etc and I feel that I am unusually far behind in my growth
Answered by Dr. Yogesh D 6 hours later
Hello again XXXXXXX

Thank you for writing back with the answers.

18 years is not too old an age to get facial hair, facial hair growth generally starts around this age but can start as late as 21 to 25 years, so you need to relax about that, moreover there is nothing you can do to make it appear overnight.

Not having facial hair does not mean you might be behind everybody in development, it is just the way you are.

You need to accept the fact that each individual has a different growth and development pattern.

According to me, you have developed absolutely normally.

The issue in your case is that of low self confidence and low self esteem.

This tends to happen when you don't like the way you look and you are bullied in the school by your peers.

But you should stand up and above these issues and should bravely face the world because you are no more a child or for that matter an adolescent. Now you are an adult and this true no matter what your friends think.

Even your weight for the height is also within normal limits, you have a body mass index of around 18 which is considered normal.

So quit worrying that you are not developed and remember you are still developing and growing and lead a happy life.

If you still have any doubts, I suggest you talk to your GP or an endocrinologist.

Hope this information helps you. Please feel free to write back in case you have any additional queries.

Wishing you a good life.

Best regards.
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