late bloomers ignored?

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    Dec 23, 2012 4:48 AM GMT

    Doctors are now saying puberty in boys is earlier than in the past, much like girls have been. While all this attention has been focused on early puberty for both sexes (i guess the main concern is bone fusion too early that may cause a short stature, how short is too short?), no one has ever focused on the late bloomer and the problems that causes (low T during puberty can be horrible for boys who dont reach each stage at the appropriate age with their peers)

    In my day, Endocrinology (hormone specalist) didnt exist. A boy was reviewed by Psychology if their seemed to be a growth problem. Maybe there really isnt a problem with boys being too early now, its just everyone and parents are more aware of hormone problems like deficiency. I was a late bloomer, about 15 yrs old before i reached, about 3 1/2 yrs behind my peers. As a sign of low T at puberty, long legs and long arms, ive always had trouble building arm muscle. I now monitor my T levels with my PCP, since its all the rage now. I wish more attention be paid to being late, seems to be more problems with it.

    So, which were you?

    early? "normal"? late?
    did you have any ill effects for either when growing up?

    here is an article on the concern of earlyness

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/20/health/puberty-starting-earlier-in-boys-new-study-suggests.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
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    Dec 23, 2012 7:09 AM GMT
    LATE... Waaaay LATE... I didn't start puberty until I was 17years old... A Senior in High School... I was 5' 2" when I graduated.... I grew to 5'10" during my freshman year in college.. I was a scrappy little fuck, though...
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    Dec 23, 2012 7:22 AM GMT
    I attribute my slowed aging to delayed puberty all throughout my teen years. I never was teased, too much.
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    Dec 23, 2012 10:16 AM GMT
    I was one of the youngest in my grade, barely making the cutoff for my age group. On top of that I was a late bloomer. I didn't start really growing till sophomore year in high school.
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    Dec 23, 2012 10:19 AM GMT
    Ckfeezy saidI was one of the youngest in my grade, barely making the cutoff for my age group. On top of that I was a late bloomer. I didn't start really growing till sophomore year in high school.


    I know how that goes! I was a senior and looked like a 13 year old. I was always mistaken for a freshie by the teachers icon_redface.gif
  • Pontifex

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    Dec 23, 2012 10:20 AM GMT
    I was early. heh. I had full pit hair when I was 11...
    I also basically hit my adult size in about grade 7....
    I was about 5'10 by the time I finished grade 7. I didn't grow too much after that. I was also a solid 160lbs at that time. If I had any athletic ability I would have done pretty well I think. heh. I did have a pretty impressive stretch with my hands when I was that age and was a decent organist....
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    Dec 23, 2012 10:22 AM GMT
    Pontifex saidI was early. heh. I had full pit hair when I was 11...
    I also basically hit my adult size in about grade 7....
    I was about 5'10 by the time I finished grade 7. I didn't grow too much after that. I was also a solid 160lbs at that time. If I had any athletic ability I would have done pretty well I think. heh. I did have a pretty impressive stretch with my hands when I was that age and was a decent organist....


    My half brother had puberty hit damn early, reason why he looks older than I do these days. I think he had a mexistache by age 10 icon_eek.gif
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    Dec 23, 2012 11:08 AM GMT
    I hit puberty at 12 1/2-13 years old. I went from super high-pitched soprano to alto-tenor & super-bass overnight.
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    Dec 23, 2012 11:12 AM GMT
    Started at 9. Had a Man's body by 10. WAS MERCILESSLY AND RELENTLESSLY TEASED AND TORTURED FOR IT.

    By the time I was 13 I found a voice and NO one said anything ever again.

    but it was rough at first.
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    Dec 23, 2012 11:25 AM GMT
    Normal I guess. I hit puberty at age 12-ish.
    I still don't like my voice tho, it's too common. I'm still holding to some hope for a thicker, deeper and sexier voice icon_sad.gif .
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    Dec 23, 2012 11:33 AM GMT
    ^^^ icon_lol.gificon_confused.gificon_confused.gif
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    Dec 23, 2012 11:34 AM GMT
    Aristoshark said
    Cash saidStarted at 9. Had a Man's body by 10.

    Did the man know how young you were??


    LOL

    GOOD one!!!!












    No but I had the keys to His Jag so what did I care?????
  • GWriter

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    Dec 23, 2012 11:40 AM GMT
    Average for me, as I recall. Although I have long arms and legs and have trouble adding muscle to them, so... maybe later than normal??
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    Dec 23, 2012 12:54 PM GMT
    Was one of the first two in my class. I remember in basketball practice,in the lockerroom, us both getting teased about our pubes coming in. Seems funny now being teased about that, but was embarrassing then.
  • youngtrouble

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    Dec 23, 2012 1:19 PM GMT
    I started late, probably about 16 but I also went through it very slowly. My hormones never surged or anything so I never got acne but I also didn't really finish puberty until i was 18/19
  • calibro

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    Dec 23, 2012 1:33 PM GMT
    i hit puberty when i was 10ish
  • HndsmKansan

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    Dec 23, 2012 2:00 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidDang, I can't remember at what age I started puberty. I remember being 5'11" as a senior but only weighed 125lb. But by my senior year I grew to 6' tall and weighed 225lb. I gained a whopping 100lb in four years!



    I agree with Adrien... I assume I reach puberty when I was about 14 or 15, but really didn't grow up, so to speak until much later. I was 5'10" and weighed about 150 when I graduated high school.... I really didn't fill out until college.. I moved to the geek (awkward) stage... and really grew up then.
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    Dec 23, 2012 2:07 PM GMT
    Hit puberty as I was turning 12, 1961. Was shaving, got bushy pubes almost overnight and an adult-sized dick, when all my friends still had hairless baby junk. It made me feel abnormal & embarrassed, until they caught up with me a year or so later. I remained physically slight, though, didn't "fill-out" until my late teens.

    So while I guess studies are showing a general shift in puberty onset, it could hit a bit early in some boys even 50 years ago.
  • rnch

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    Dec 23, 2012 3:50 PM GMT
    RoccoO saidLATE... Waaaay LATE... I didn't start puberty until I was 17years old... A Senior in High School... I was 5' 2" when I graduated.... I grew to 5'10" during my freshman year in college.. I was a scrappy little fuck, though...




    Yeh, but look how you have made up for it icon_exclaim.gif




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  • SomeSiciliano...

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    Dec 23, 2012 4:18 PM GMT

    I went through 3 stages...around 12 my man hair came in on my pits/crotch and my voice dropped...allot. I also put on allot of weight and was still hovering around 5ft3-ish. I was the total porky kid and my hair was curly redish brown with very fair skin. Around 14-15 I leaned out and grew several inches with my height maxing out by Sr. year. My hair turned almost purple-black (still cray curly) and my skin tone became more olive.
    Here is the late bloomer part: I didn't get chest hair until my mid -30s and my pelvis and shoulders grew significantly. I'm not talking muscle or fat....I'm talking bone & blades.
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    Dec 23, 2012 5:09 PM GMT
    GWriter saidAverage for me, as I recall. Although I have long arms and legs and have trouble adding muscle to them, so... maybe later than normal??


    Same for me. It's easy to confuse being a late bloomer with being an ectomorph. I remember reaching puberty around the same time as other boys but apparently puberty forgot to give me any muscle. From 15 to 24 I was 6'2" with just 140lbs. Only after I began a serious weight training and diet program I started to put on mass -- nevertheless it came too slow, too little and it took me years to reach the level of muscle mass and strenght that an average joe would have on day one at the gym.

    Which is my I feel disconcerted when people say genetics play a minimal role and that training+diet+rest alone will get you anywhere you want. The more you read these testimonies the more you realize how nature is grossly unequal (while our expectations on the other hand are so uniform...)
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    Dec 23, 2012 5:31 PM GMT
    Pretty normal development for my age earlier on but for hair. My voice changed just in time to crack while chanting haftorah. My bod grew at a pretty normal rate, maybe a little better developed than some but I did swim a lot--most people didn't workout with weights back then. Profile pic in towel is senior year high school. I think I was about 170-175 at 5-10. I didn't grow a chest until my mid-20s though.

    I was upset at not having pubes in early high school. I remember sitting on a bench in the locker room once and this one friend turned out was standing naked such that when I turned to talk his hairy crotch was right in my face He was gorgeous. Though we're still friends and I'm not hot for him anymore. By late high school I even had some hair on my face but couldn't grow a full beard until my early 30s I think it was.

    Seems I'm still developing, only now, at 55, not necessarily for the better as in the last few years I've noticed some back hair for the first time. Not a lot, but still, Ewww. What the fuck is that doing there? And ear hair. ExtraEwwww. I'm not sure if that makes me a late bloomer but I'm sure glad I didn't have these issues when I was younger. I'd have just freaked out. Some of this you don't wanna develop too soon.
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    Dec 23, 2012 5:35 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidDang, I can't remember at what age I started puberty. I remember being 5'11" as a freshman but only weighed 125lb. But by my senior year I grew to 6' tall and weighed 225lb. I gained a whopping 100lb in four years!

    I was 5'10 as a freshman (14), but only weighed 90lbs, when i graduated high school at 6ft, i gained 40lbs in 4 yrs, Now I look nothing like my graduation pics and still have problems getting arm muscle, arms are too long, my forearm is same length as upper arm, i believe low-T just before i got to puberty caused this even though i had growth spurt, I hated high school because I wasnt like everyone else, there was me and one other kid all freshman year that didnt have any pubes, showers were embarrassing.
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    Dec 23, 2012 5:42 PM GMT
    I started getting erections at 8, puberty full on at 10 and was fully grown by 13. So slightly early.

    My neighbor best friend was even earlier and grew the biggest damn cock you ever saw while we still in primary school. I envied him .... it was the seventies and tight pants and jersey gym shorts were all the rage.
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    Dec 23, 2012 5:44 PM GMT
    Ckfeezy saidI was one of the youngest in my grade, barely making the cutoff for my age group. On top of that I was a late bloomer. I didn't start really growing till sophomore year in high school.

    If you read up on it and most kids my age did not understand, puberty is a longer process than most think, just doesnt happen overnight. Happens in stages, over like 3 years starting with testicles growing in size. I even read doctors have a "testicle" meter gauge that measures the size against "what is normal", i dont remember that when I was growing up...LOL. There is so much info out there now on the subject that guys my age didnt have back then, i guess that is why ive read so much as an adult