Health Articles — Puberty

Early Onset Puberty

Posted by Melissa Callaghan on

One of the biggest moments in a girl’s life is when menstruation begins. This then becomes the question When is it going to start? It is becoming common to hear of 6 & 7 year olds getting breast buds and pubic hair and children as young as 8 years beginning their first period. This is increasingly becoming the norm. Up until about the 1960’s the average age for beginning menstruation was 14-16 years of age and since then the age has rapidly declined to 12 years and now down to 8 & 10 years of age. Why has this changed?...

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