How Do Doctors Treat Early Puberty in Boys?

The type of treatment we give to your son depends on the type of early puberty he has.

If your son has early adrenal puberty, he might not need any treatment. If your son is overweight and has early adrenal puberty, losing weight can help slow down puberty. If the puberty is caused by elevated hormones we can give him medication to decrease the hormone levels.

If your son has early gonadal puberty and it is happening slowly and with no serious causes, he might not need any treatment. If the gonadal puberty is caused by high hormone levels, we can give your son medication to decrease the hormone levels. He will take this medication until he has reached an appropriate age to start puberty. This can help your son reach a normal adult height and help him look and feel more like his true age.

What is the Outlook For My Son's Early Puberty?

Your son should do quite well if he needs to have treatment for his early puberty.

How Can I Help My Son with Early Puberty?

You can reassure your son that these changes are not different from other children – they are just happening earlier. Your son might be self-conscious about these early changes. This is an important time to listen and respond to questions and concerns he might have. You should continue to treat your son appropriately for his age and continue to help him with self-esteem.

What are the Differences Among Sex, Gender Expression and Gender Identity?

Sex, gender expression and gender identity might sound similar, but they are actually very different terms.

  • Sex refers to the biology (chromosomes [DNA], genitalia and hormones) that a person is born with.
  • Gender identity refers to how a person identifies, such as male, female, transgender or a number of other terms.
  • Gender expression refers to how a person expresses their gender through their appearance (clothing, hair, makeup, etc.), behavior, names, etc.

The language around gender changes all the time. If you are not sure what to call someone, just ask! Gender was once referred to as binary, or simply male and female. This is not true anymore. Gender is a spectrum and there are many terms a person can use to refer to their gender. Gender is also a lifelong process of self-discovery and expression.

At MGHfC, we welcome patients of all genders and sexes. If you have questions about gender and/or sex and how it relates to your child’s pubertal development, ask the care team.

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