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.
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