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Puberty is a period of sexual maturation and achievement of fertility. When this occurs varies greatly among individuals. Usually in girls, it is between the ages of 10 to 14. And in boys, it occurs between the ages of 12 to 16 years. Both genetic and environmental factors are involved in the timing of puberty. Body fat and composition may also play a role in regulating the onset of puberty. Puberty is associated with the development of secondary sex characteristics and rapid growth.
Medical conditions associated with normal puberty
- Vision changes
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Dysfunctional uterine bleeding
Medical conditions associated with early or late puberty
- Precocious puberty: it is a medical term for puberty that occurs earlier than usual. It is sometimes referred to central precocious puberty when it is due to the brain releasing hormones that control puberty earlier than normal. It is more common in girls than boys.
- Delayed puberty: It is the late onset of puberty. It is usually considered to be delayed when there is no increase in the testicular volume by 14 years of age in boys and no breast development by 13.5 years of age in girls.
- Irregular menses
- Heavy menses
- Leucorrhoea or white discharge
Puberty is often described as a period of storm and stress. Homeopathic remedies such as Pulsatilla, Cyclamen, Natrum Muriaticum may weather the storm. Constitutional homeopathic treatment given at puberty will go a long way in preventing disease and maintaining the physical and mental well being. No homeopathic remedies should be taken without the consultation of a certified homeopathy.