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At what age does puberty begin?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Puberty typically begins at different ages for males and females. Females tend to begin puberty first, around age 10. Males being puberty later, usually around age 12. These ages may vary; however, parents of females that begin puberty prior to 8 years old and males who begin puberty prior to 9 years old should consult a physician. Early or precocious puberty may be a sign of other disorders or diseases that may need treatment.

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