Puberty and Precocious Puberty: For Patients and Consumers
- The National Library of Medicine (NLM) webpage on puberty includes general information and links to additional resources about specific conditions, diagnostic tests, and ongoing research.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) maintains information about various stages of childhood growth and development, including puberty.
- Information about changes during puberty for teenage girls is available from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a membership organization of women's health care providers.
- A brief overview of precocious puberty for parents, including information about related disorders, is available from the NLM.
- The Hormone Foundation maintains information for parents and others about various conditions affected by the balance and function of hormones in the body.
- A helpful overview of the topic of precocious puberty is available from the AAP. The academy also has reported on a trend among girls toward a younger onset of puberty.
- The Society for Endocrinology also provides information about the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of precocious puberty.
- The National Research Center for Women and Families is a nongovernment organization that advocates for public health and safety and provides information based on research findings about health and development.
Organizations, Support, and Services
Finding an Endocrinologist
- Endocrinologists are doctors with expertise in the production, function, and balance of hormones in the body throughout the life cycle. These doctors specialize in diagnosing and treating disorders of glands that produce hormones, such as the thyroid gland, parathyroid glands, pancreas, pituitary gland, hypothalamus, ovaries, testes, and adrenal glands.
- ACOG is an association of obstetricians, gynecologists, and other health professionals who provide health care to women.
- AAP members are health care providers devoted to the health of children.
Joining a Support Group
- The MAGIC Foundation
In addition to general information about a wide variety of critical and/or chronic disorders, syndromes, or diseases that affect a child's growth, the MAGIC Foundation offers opportunities to participate in online chat groups and parent education sessions.
- CARES Foundation
The CARES Foundation focuses on improving the lives of families touched by congenital adrenal hyperplasia and seeks to advance quality health care through support, advocacy, education, and research.
Please note: Links to organizations and information included on this page do not indicate endorsement from the NICHD, NIH, or HHS.
Last Updated Date: 11/30/2012
Last Reviewed Date: 11/30/2012