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How serious is early or delayed puberty?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

The severity of early or delayed puberty depends largely on the cause. Since individuals develop at different rates, slightly early or delayed puberty is often not a problem. Early or precocious puberty can be caused by problems with the pituitary gland or the hypothalamus. Some rare conditions, including neurofibromatosis, may also be related to precocious puberty. Delayed puberty can be caused by chemotherapy, gene disorders, tumors, infections, and too much dieting or exercise.

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