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Children's Health

How do boys and girls develop differently?

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  • ADawn Marcus, Neurology, answered
    Prior to puberty, the physical differences between boys and girls are restricted to the genitalia. During puberty, a wide variety of changes result in significant physical differences between the sexes. Girls typically begin puberty 1-2 years before boys and also finish puberty sooner. They reach adult height and reproductive maturity on average about 4 years after puberty starts. Boys start puberty later, but generally continue to grow and mature for about 6 years after its onset.
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