Treatments for Delayed Puberty / Delayed Sexual Development in Children

At Boston Children's Hospital, we consider you and your child integral parts of the care team and not simply recipients of care. You and your care team will work together to customize a plan of care for your child.

We can treat delayed puberty with hormone therapy. Even if your child has constitutional growth delay (CGD) and will progress through puberty at his body's own rate, having puberty “jump-started” through hormone treatment may contribute greatly to his overall well-being. You, your child's doctor and your child will discuss whether this is the right option for him.

How will you follow up with my child?

Each child is different, but depending on how old your child is and what's causing his delayed puberty, we might see him every four to six months throughout childhood to make sure that there are no problems or complications.

Coping and support

There's a lot of support available here at Boston Children's Hospital for you and your family, and here are some of the ways we can help:

Patient education: Our nurses will be on hand to walk you through your child's treatment and help answer any questions you may have —They will also reach out to you by phone, continuing the care and support you received while at Children's.

Parent to parent: Want to talk with someone whose child has been treated for delayed puberty?  We can often put you in touch with other families who have been through similar experiences and can share with you their experience at Children's.

Faith-based support: If you are in need of spiritual support, we will help connect you with the Children's chaplaincy. Our program includes nearly a dozen clergy representing Episcopal, Jewish, Lutheran, Muslim, Roman Catholic, Unitarian and United Church of Christ traditions who will listen to you, pray with you and help you observe your own faith practices during your hospital experience.

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