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When will I start puberty?

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Everyone is different, but puberty usually starts in boys between the ages of 10 and 14. You and your friends may not start puberty at the same time. That's normal.

In boys, puberty is considered precocious -- or early -- if it begins before or about age 9. Puberty is considered delayed when there are still no signs of sexual growth or development by the time a boy reaches age 14.

From: Guys' FAQ About Puberty WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.Org: "Puberty: What to Expect When Your Child Goes Through Puberty."

HealthyChildren.org: "What's Happening to My Body?" "Physical Development of School Age Children."

Child Growth Foundation: "Puberty and Tanner Stages."

KidsHealth.org: "Causes of Precocious Puberty."

HealthyChildren.org: "Stages of Puberty."

Massachusetts General Hospital for Children: "Puberty."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 16, 2019

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.Org: "Puberty: What to Expect When Your Child Goes Through Puberty."

HealthyChildren.org: "What's Happening to My Body?" "Physical Development of School Age Children."

Child Growth Foundation: "Puberty and Tanner Stages."

KidsHealth.org: "Causes of Precocious Puberty."

HealthyChildren.org: "Stages of Puberty."

Massachusetts General Hospital for Children: "Puberty."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 16, 2019

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