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16 Year Old Son Has Delayed Puberty

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I am interested if other moms think my husband and I should have our 16 year old son, who is a high school junior, undergo testosterone therapy for delayed puberty. He is a good athlete (swimmer and tennis player), very lean, but is only about 5’6” tall and weighs around 115 lbs. He is very handsome but looks very young for his age – he could easily pass for 14 – and his voice hasn’t begun to change yet. We recently took him to a pediatric endicronologist, at the suggestion of his regular pediatrician, for thorough “puberty” examination. At the conclusion of the examination , the endocronologist reported that our son is still in “Tanner Stage 1,” meaning he is still completely prepubescent. According to the doctor, our son has no signs of pubic hair at all, not even fine down or “peach fuzz,” and no underarm or leg hair either. His “stretched” penis length (which the doctor says is equivalent to erect penis length) is 1½ inches, and is extremely thin (about as around as a pencil according to the doctor). His testicles have not started to enlarge at all and are about the size of a five year old’s. He also has not had his first ejaculation. The doctor says that nowadays most boy actually starting getting the very first signs of puberty, usually an increase in testicular size, around their 10th birthday, so you can see just how far behind my son is.

After running several blood tests to rule out any potential underlying medical disorders, the doctor concluded that our son has “constitutionally delayed puberty,” meaning he is just a late bloomer but otherwise completely healthy. (Delayed puberty runs on both sides of our family; I didn’t start menstruating until I was 17 and my husband did not start puberty until he was 17). The doctor says he is confident my son will start puberty in the next year or two, but has offered us the option of starting him on testosterone injections to jump start things. My husband believes my son’s delayed puberty is “no big deal” and thinks we shouldn’t “upset the apple cart” as he puts it. As for my son, he naturally would like to start getting pubic hair and otherwise start maturing but is not pressing the issue. He is a very well-adjusted kid, extremely bright, and very popular in school. He even has a very cute, nice girlfriend. Still, I’m a bit of a worry wart and know he just has to be self-conscious about his lack of development, especially since he has to take showers in front of the other guys after gym class. However, I know hormone therapy can have side effects such as mood swings. Any moms on here have thoughts on this?
post #2 of 16

Personally, I would just let nature take it's course. I would not want my child taking hormones if it wasn't medically necessary.

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Originally Posted by mamax3 View Post
 

Personally, I would just let nature take it's course. I would not want my child taking hormones if it wasn't medically necessary.

I agree!

post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by mamax3 View Post
 

Personally, I would just let nature take it's course. I would not want my child taking hormones if it wasn't medically necessary.

I agree!

post #5 of 16
A specialist said he is perfectly healthy and just a late bloomer. I don't understand why you would subject him to hormone treatments that weren't medically necessary.

My whole family were late bloomers, little brother included. He looked far younger than 16, no voice change, etc. He is 21 now and everything worked out in due time. I would just try to relax about it.
post #6 of 16
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Thanks Karen and everybody else who has responded. What everybody says makes good common sense. I'm going to leave my little guy alone (he's still my little guy!) and let nature take it's course. I'm thinking this was more my issue than his anyway!
post #7 of 16

I wouldn't give him the shots.  Since delayed puberty runs on both sides of the family and the Dr said there is no reason to believe it won't start on it's own soon, it sounds like there is no reason to give him the shots.   

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He is a very well-adjusted kid, extremely bright, and very popular in school. He even has a very cute, nice girlfriend. 

 

This is what is most important.  If he weren't well adjusted and happy, then I would continue the discussion with specialists and your son.  But since he is an all-around great guy, I too would just let nature take its course.

post #9 of 16

It sounds like genetics are just making him delayed. Now if he was in his 20's and things hadn't started then I would wonder.

post #10 of 16

I agree with everyone else.  I'm sure it's hard for your son to be on the small side, but hopefully he'll come out of it unscathed and the experience will build character and confidence.  Good luck!

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