Precocious Puberty

Norton Children’s Gynecology is the only practice in Louisville, Southern Indiana and Kentucky dedicated to pediatric gynecological care. Our board-certified physicians are trained to treat precocious puberty with the sensitivity that children, teens and parents need.

Pubertal aberration means the onset of puberty does not occur as it should. It may start early (precocious puberty) or late (delayed puberty).

Precocious Puberty

Precocious puberty or early puberty describes puberty that begins before age 8 in girls and before age 9 in boys. Girls are much more likely than boys to experience this condition.

Precocious puberty symptoms for girls include development of the following before age 8:

  • Breast growth
  • First period
  • Pubic or underarm hair
  • Rapid growth
  • Acne
  • Adult body odor 

For most girls with central precocious puberty, there’s no underlying medical problem or identifiable cause.

Peripheral precocious puberty is less common. Possible causes include:

  • Certain rare genetic syndromes
  • Tumors or cysts on the ovaries
  • Adrenal gland disorders
  • Severe hypothyroidism

Precocious Puberty Diagnosis and Treatment

If we suspect precocious puberty, our team will review your child’s medical history and conduct a physical exam. Diagnostic testing may include:

  • Blood tests to measure hormone levels
  • X-rays to determine bone maturity
  • Thyroid testing
  • Ultrasound to examine the ovaries and adrenal glands

Precocious Puberty Treatment

The goal of treatment is to stop the onset of puberty. The best course of treatment will depend on the cause.

Medication is effective for most children with central precocious puberty. Your child continues to receive this medication until he or she reaches the normal age of puberty.

If another medical condition is causing early puberty, treatment of that condition is necessary to stop the progress of puberty.

Gynecology – 1750

Contact Us

Schedule an appointment with a pediatric gynecologist.

(502) 559-1750


Download Patient Packet

COVID-19 hotline available for parents to ask questions

Norton Children’s has a hotline for parents who have questions about their child and the coronavirus/COVID-19. Parents can call the hotline with general questions or speak with a nurse if their child is experiencing symptoms […]

Read Full Story

COVID-19 stresses could lead to more child abuse, but families can reduce risks

Families having to face financial, emotional and other stresses — combined with long periods of time isolated at home with a lack of structure during the COVID-19 pandemic — can lead to potentially dangerous situations […]

Read Full Story

Norton Children’s Medical Associates offices are still open

The 24 offices of Norton Children’s Medical Associates, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, are keeping their normal hours for patients who need to see a pediatrician and meet either of the following criteria: […]

Read Full Story

Su preocupa que mi hijo pueda tener coronavirus/COVID-19. ¿Qué debo hacer?

Aunque los casos de coronavirus/COVID-19 han sido confirmados principalmente en adultos, los niños aún son susceptibles al virus. Norton Children’s Hospital recibe muchas llamadas de padres y cuidadores preocupados. Si le preocupa que su hijo […]

Read Full Story

Kentucky child abuse rate highest in U.S. for 2nd year

For the second year in a row, Kentucky had the highest child abuse rate in the country — and it’s not even close. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Children’s Bureau “Child Maltreatment […]

Read Full Story

Search our entire site.