Norton Children’s Gynecology, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, 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 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
- 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.
When Hannah R. Fischer, M.D., neonatologist with Norton Children’s Neonatology, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, was doing her pediatric residency, it was in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) where she found her […]Read Full Story
Warm temperatures in Louisville and Southern Indiana bring severe weather and a jump in allergens like pollen. For some, that may mean a risk of “thunderstorm asthma.” Thunderstorm asthma occurs when strong winds and rain […]Read Full Story
Kentucky’s child abuse rate outranks rest of country for third year in row; Indiana leads nation in deaths
For the third year in a row, Kentucky has the highest child abuse rate in the country. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Children’s Bureau “Child Maltreatment 2019” report — released this year […]Read Full Story