Will my girl’s height grow even after her menses begin- By a Pediatric Endocrinologist.

Will my girl’s height grow even after her menses begin- By a Pediatric Endocrinologist.

Effects of early puberty hold true for both the genders. So a little awareness on the part of parents will help the child in the long run when it comes to his height and development. Here is an exclusive excerpt from an interview with Pediatric Endocrinologist Dr. Alok Sardesai On Doctor Mommy Speaks Podcast. We spoke on many topics like growth hormone use in kids without any deficiency of this hormone, will the child be as tall as the parents? and more. Find all the deets in the podcast.

What is the relationship of menses/periods to a girls height?

Estradiol is the hormone responsible for feminising the girl’s body, but at the same time, advancing bone age rapidly. Simply put, if your girl gets her menses early, then there are chances that she will not reach her full height based on her genetic potential. And if that doesn’t happen and your child ends up with a short stature then growth hormone can be used to help the child achieve her final predicted height.

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Nowadays, due to changes in lifestyle, dietary habits, and environmental factors like food containing pesticides, consumption of polished rice lead to early menarche. Girls a young as  9 and ½ to 10 years, end up with their first period and parents feel its normal as many among their friend circle, family, and neighbourhood have a similar occurrence.

One word of caution here “Precocious Puberty” Precocious puberty(1) is when a child’s body begins changing into that of an adult (puberty) too soon. When puberty begins before age 8 in girls and before age 9 in boys, it is considered precocious puberty.

So thinking this is a normal pattern and neglection the changes that your young girl’s body is going through, will be a major fault on your part. Not only is the young girl not ready physically, for such a change but also mentally.

Puberty is like a tool that helps the child’s body to transform into an adult but think of it like a Nitro Boost, like the ones we have in car racing games. A Nitro booster can be used only once in a race and it has to be used at the right time. If it’s used too early or too late then its full potential will not be unleashed.

Problems with early menarche?

  • Not only is the young girl not ready physically, for such a change but also mentally it can be really traumatising. 
  • First off assuming its just a case of early menses which were genetically determined and not a disease then short stature would be the number concern.
  • From the time, a young girl starts menstruating, over the consecutive few cycles she will also start ovulating.
  • He reproductive window has already started as she is loosing precious healthy ova.
  • Nowadays a lifestyle-induced delay in parenthood is seen when it comes to young career-oriented couples who wish to enter parenthood, not before their 30s.
  • This leaves a very small window of fertility for a woman who had early menarche and has lost her ova much earlier than other girls. 
  • The quality of the ova also degenerates as age advances, infertility and issues with conception arise. Such couples might have to alter consider IVF as an option for enjoying the fruits of parenthood.

What can you do to catch short stature and precocious puberty well in time? 

The best thing a parent can do is to track the child’s growth. Here is a helpful growth tracker by PediaSure. These trackers reduce the headache of wondering if your child is growing fine or not. No need to wait for every visit to the clinic where the paediatrician decides if your child’s growth is on the right track or not. This tool is backed by research and science and it does the calculations for you.

I am sure you’ve heard of “percentile charts”. These are the most important and first step in catching stunted growth, or short stature well in time so interventions can be done to augment the child’s growth. These interventions involve the use of hormones to help the child reach his/her height on the basis of his/her genetic potential.

To catch precocious puberty and early menarche in time, one needs to be aware of the signs of puberty in girls and boy.  This is a simple visual guide that explains what puberty can look like in girls and boys.

Image credits #pubetyceremony

Effects of early puberty hold true for both the genders. So a little awareness on the part of parents will help the child in the long run when it comes to his height and development.

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Reference:

  1. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/precocious-puberty/symptoms-causes/syc-20351811#:~:text=Precocious%20puberty%20is%20when%20a,it%20is%20considered%20precocious%20puberty.

You can connect with Dr. Alok Sardesai on his social media

Connect with dr. Alok below

If you wish to get a consultation with dr. Alok then he runs Clinics which deal with hormonal problems in children and adolescents in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane.

  • T2T Hormone Clinics India Private Limited, Andheri 
  • Apollo Hospital Navi Mumbai 
  • Sparsh Children’s Hospital, Parel 
  • Colours Children’s Hospital, Navi Mumbai 
  • Mala Children’s Hospital, Thane 

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This Post Has 20 Comments

  1. Harjeet Kaur

    Very interesting. these days girls are reaching puberty far too early. My mom used to say food habits and mentally behaving older makes one get early periods..is that true? Girls were not given non-veg much before.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Ha ha. Hormones are not controled by how mature or immature one behaves. Also yes dietary habits do have a role but thats the pesticide, trans fat, polished rice ridden foods. There is no relationship of non veg foods leading to early puberty.

  2. Cindy Dsilva

    Oh my menses began when I was around 11 or 12 I think… Are teeth falling also a part of hitting puberty or that’s something else? Many girls lose teeth at 5 and 6 and my daughter hasn’t lost any and she’s 8.5… wondering…

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Its normal to have menses by 12. The falling of teeth is not hormonally controlled, it takes place independent of puberty.

  3. The Champa Tree

    My sister in law was tallest in the class and reached her puberty at 11. Since then she didn’t grow much. So I.was of the impression that puberty hinders height.

  4. Surbhi Prapanna

    Such an insightful post. Yes nowadays due to various lifestyle factors early puberty is a common thing but there are so many lesser known aspects of this condition that many parents didn’t know. Thanks a lot to Dr. Alok and you for sharing all these important reminders with us. Indeed informative. Will check pedicure growth tracer for sure. Hearing a lot about it.

  5. Metamorphosis

    This post is definitely an eye opener for me as I was not aware that menses has direct impact on height of the girl child. I know so many parents who are worried about their kids short height and I am sure they are not even aware that early menses in girls can be one of the reason. Will share this post as much as I can. Thanks a lot for sharing.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Yes there needs to be more awareness on this topic. The time of puberty is so trivial.

  6. Roma

    Yet another insightful article doc. Thanks a lot for sharing Pediasure calculator it indeed is a great tool for the parents

  7. Ruchie

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful article this topic needs to be discussed and shared with all the parents

  8. mummatalks

    I have also read and seen very young girls getting their periods from an early age and this worries me a lot as I too have a daughter. I had done my share of reading and found diet and junk can be one prime reason for it…. I make sure my kids have a healthy meal 2 times a day followed by healthy snacks… junk we cant avoid but yes its evry limited.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Yes environmental factors are unavoidable but at least we can make an attempt to keep them at bay in our childs diet.

  9. Amrit Kaur

    There has to be more awareness about this topic as I am sure very less are aware about the connection between height and puberty.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Yes. Exactly my point. People tale it lightly nowadays that their child attained puberty early, not knowing the effect it has on the child’s mental and physical state.

  10. This post break many myths around the height. And yes preteens kids have loads of changes and how height is one of the factor is good to know from this informative post.

  11. Shweta

    I attained puberty at the age of 13 when I was in my 7th standard. These days girls are attaining it even when they are just 9 or 10 years old! I remember i was aeound 5’2 when I got my first periods and after that I grew only about 3 inches.
    Many things are very new to me.
    Thanks to Dr. Alok and you for sharing all these important reminders with us.

    1. Dr. Rahat Sayyad

      Attaining puberty at 8 and 9 years of age is precocious puberty and needs to be looked at. It might even create fertility issues later in life. And your right back in our days 7th std was the time most of my peers too got their menses.

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