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What medical risks are associated with puberty?

While puberty is a completely natural developmental stage, some individuals experience early onset of puberty, also known as precocious puberty. This can be caused in females by problems with the central nervous system or problems with the adrenal glands. Precocious puberty can be caused in males by tumors in the testicles or adrenal glands, organic brain disease, or brain tumors. Other individuals may experience delayed puberty, which can be caused by ovarian problems and chromosomal disorders. Additionally, the onset of fertility can put sexually active adolescents at risk for pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

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