The lutinizing hormone (LH) stimulates puberty when the hormone begins to be released from the pituitary gland. This causes estrogen to be released in females and testosterone in males. LH interacts with estrogen, testosterone, and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) to cause breast and penis development, pubic hair and auxillary hair growth, and voice change. Adrenal androgens also play a role, and only progesterone is involved in female development.
- Q Should I be worried if my daughter reaches puberty before her teens?
- Q When should I begin talking about puberty issues with my child?
- Q Is the onset of puberty related to weight?
- Q When will my son begin to grow facial hair?
- Q What should I expect to see in my child at each stage of puberty?
- Q What should children know about caring for themselves during puberty?