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Molecular link between body weight, early puberty identified

Becoming overweight at a young age can trigger a molecular chain reaction that leads some girls to experience puberty early, according to new research published in Nature Communications. Scientists have discovered a molecular mechanism that leads overweight female rats to have early-onset puberty. “Knowing how nutrition and specific molecules play a role in starting puberty […]

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Studies needed on impact of cannabis use on puberty

McMaster University researchers say there is an urgent need for studies on the physical health effects of cannabis use, including its impact on puberty. The call comes following a systematic review of existing literature that identified an absence of such research. The results of the review were published in Adolescent Health, Medicine and Therapeutics. “While […]

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When will I grow noticeable stubble?

“Stubble,” or hair growth on the face, is due to several factors: the number of hair follicles on the face and neck (usually genetically determined) and the presence of the androgenic hormones testosterone and DHEAS. These androgenic hormones usually begin to rise in early to mid puberty and continue to rise throughout puberty. The age […]

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Body Odor

If you’ve noticed that your body has started to smell differently than it did when you were younger, don’t freak out; it’s completely normal. Body odor (or “B.O.”) is part of growing up, and something that every guy has to deal with. What causes body odor? During puberty, your sweat glands become much more active […]

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Hi I am 14 years old and I am a circumcised male however I am really concerned about my penis size because I am only 3.8 inches erect and this is while going through puberty because my voice has broken and I have developed a lot of hair everywhere but I just want to know how to make my penis bigger even if it is unhealthy because it is really getting me down.

It can be very frustrating if you feel “different” then your friends however, everyone develops at different stages. Some guys go through puberty on the early side and others develop on the older side, and then some develop sometime in the middle, which is considered the “average” time. Regardless, it takes about 4-6 years for […]

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I’ve heard that your height is based on genetics. My dad is 5’11, my mom is 5’8, and I’m 5’7. But I know so many kids that are taller than their parents! Is height only about your genes?

There are formulas that are often used to estimate a young person’s adult height, however the results are not always reliable. In fact the results often vary by 4 inches (either way). The reality is that environmental factors, mostly nutrition, also play a key role in helping an adolescent reach their potential height. How to […]

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I’ve accidentally seen my friends penis and it made me start wondering if mine is too small. My penis is 3 inches flaccid and around 4 inches erect. My friends talk about how their penis is 6-7 inches flaccid and I was wondering if my penis is too small or if it will grow to a normal size. I am also late to grow in height and get hair and have a deeper voice.

It’s important to understand that the size of your penis is determined by genetic traits that are inherited by your parents– similar to your height, eye color, and skin tone. Research studies that have been done list the average adult penis size as about 5 and 6 inches when fully erect, as measured from the lowest […]