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Fiona2
February 17th, 2017, 06:40 PM
I'm 14 and will be 15 this summer. I'm completely flat, no pubic hair and no period. I have very low body fat although I eat very healthy and have a lot of muscle tone for a girl. I went to a gynecologist and she told me I probably wouldn't get my period until I'm older because I have low body fat. I'm wondering if my low body fat is causing my delayed puberty also?

jamie_n5
February 17th, 2017, 07:12 PM
You should have asked the doctor some questions or he/she should have told you if there was something you should add to your diet. Also some people both boys and girls mature and go through puberty slower. There really isn't anything you can do to change that. I think your doctor really let you down. I think that you should have left there with some information and answers. It's a shame but a lot of doctors are so busy, especially specialists, that they just don't take time that is needed. I feel for you. I know you will mature in time but it is frustrating waiting I am sure.

bentheplayer
February 17th, 2017, 10:35 PM
If I remembered correctly, a doc once told me that puberty is most likely triggered by body weight. In fact the study was done with females and not males so this is probably more applicable for you. While the idea of low body fat affecting periods has been around for long,also know as the female athlete triad, that doc suspects that body weight has a larger role to play. Perhaps u could find out if ur body weight is at the ideal level for ur age grp and height. Of couse ideally you should seek medical advice from ur doc who can give u more relevant info for ur case but in the mean time u can find out more on ur body weight. Don't forget that there r other factors too like genetics and hormone levels.

Fiona2
February 20th, 2017, 09:17 PM
Thank you for your responses. My diet is extremely healthy and my body weight is fairly high due to my muscle tone. I haven't heard of the female athlete triad?

bentheplayer
February 21st, 2017, 03:27 AM
Body weight is not about muscle tone. Its about how heavy you are in absolute kg or pounds. Once a certain critical weight of 30kg is achieved, puberty supposedly starts and at 47kg menarche. This is still a hypothesis tho as genetics is thought to be the major dominant factor. Other factors that affect puberty are geographic location, exposure to light, general health & nutrition, psychological factors, weight and body fat.


You can read about the triad here.
https://www.acsm.org/docs/brochures/the-female-athlete-triad.pdf
http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/triad.html

As for your diet and weight, its best to ask a doctor if it is truly healthy. One's ideas of healthy may not necessarily be so.
Its probably best to consult a doctor rather than ask here cos while I can give you info I know and am sure of, you doctor will be in a better position to help you as they will know more and understand your personal circumstances better.

Pyromaniac27
February 21st, 2017, 07:49 AM
like bentheplayer said, body fat and muscle tone ar different, however i do not think that that can effect puberty unless it is malnutrition

bentheplayer
February 21st, 2017, 08:15 AM
like bentheplayer said, body fat and muscle tone ar different, however i do not think that that can effect puberty unless it is malnutrition

And this is precisely what it is. Apparently there are female athletes who think they are "healthy" and appear to be the epitome of health which makes this extremely misleading condition called the female athlete triad. Due to their strong desire to play competitively which means staying within certain weight class, they may try to stay at a weight that isn't medically ideal and their bodies are actually in a state of malnutrition.

Hermes
February 21st, 2017, 09:43 AM
like bentheplayer said, body fat and muscle tone ar different, however i do not think that that can effect puberty unless it is malnutrition

And this is precisely what it is.....

Just about everything has an ideal and it is rarely at one extreme or the other. There is an ideal weight, not to fat and not too thin, an ideal body fat percentage, and it isn't zero, the right amount of fat in your diet, and again that isn't zero either, and also other aspects of diet that make it good for bad for what you do.

Picking up the diet question first for a long time people have been encouraged to eat a low fat diet and it is obviously possible to take this to extremes which isn't healthy because some fats are needed by the body, both directly, and because some vitamins are only soluable in fat and the body won't get them if you don't eat any. More recently there seems to be interest in low carb diets, which it seems, can be good for weight loss. Attempt to follow both at once you can end up eating lean meat or fish and sald/leafy vegetables only. That may seem healthy but has a very low calorie density, i.e. you can feel full while hardly eating any calories at all. If you don't need to lose weight this may not be such a good idea.

Now the idea that body fat is related to when puberty started has been around for a while and has been proposed as the explanation as to why girls start puberty at a younger age now than in past and also why they start puberty earlier in developed nations than in developing ones. That theory holds that "better" nutrition is responsible for puberty at a younger age because the plentiful supply of calories means the body fat percentage needed to start puberty is acheived at a younger age.

So, if one was to completely avoid the foods that are typical of an industrialised society, i.e. bread, pasta, all manner of baked goods, especially sweet ones, sweets, deep fried fast food etc. that probably would result in puberty at a later age. Now, whether that is pathalogical, i.e. a problem, is harder to say. Some people hold that the modern diet has gone to far the other way, that the easy availbility of those foods is making people fat, and that people in times gone by were not necessarily less healthy because of their diet.

As other people have said some professional help might be in order. It may also be that finding a balance rather than an extreme might be the answer. Certainly, unless you are very obviously fat, you should respond to being hungry by eating.

Fiona2
February 24th, 2017, 12:03 AM
Thanks for your replies. I weigh 140# or 63.5 kg. I'm not trying to stay within a certain weight class and I eat a lot.

Pyromaniac27
February 26th, 2017, 10:47 PM
what kind of things do you eat regularly, malnutrition doesn't only come from not eating enough. it also comes as a side effect of not eating the right things.

Fiona2
March 2nd, 2017, 06:44 AM
what kind of things do you eat regularly, malnutrition doesn't only come from not eating enough. it also comes as a side effect of not eating the right things.

I know my diet is very healthy. I eat fish, chicken, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, etc. I don't eat junk food or drink soda. I've had a blood test that confirms that I don't have any nutritional deficiencies.

Dmaxd123
March 6th, 2017, 07:13 PM
i'd say just slow developer, nothing wrong with it (some will talk but the clicky people will talk no matter what)

i wish i had the ambition to cut out the junk food and soda, i still stay healthy and active but not as good as i could.

ClovesXIII
March 10th, 2017, 11:26 AM
Thanks for your replies. I weigh 140# or 63.5 kg. I'm not trying to stay within a certain weight class and I eat a lot.

I went through puberty when I weighed less than that, now that i'm older and completely done with that phase in life, i'd say that your weight won't have much effect on when you start. and everyone starts at different times, no need in being ashamed or embarrassed. I'd say enjoy where you are in life for as long as you can.

tiff1996
March 25th, 2017, 09:20 AM
I've always had low body fat also even though I eat a lot and eat healthy. I got hair and very small breasts around they same age as others but I didn't get my period until I was almost 16. Not getting your period until you are older is common if you have low body fat. If you don't get pubic hair or breasts you should ask your Dr about it.

veroda
March 31st, 2017, 07:51 PM
I'm 14 and will be 15 this summer. I'm completely flat, no pubic hair and no period. I have very low body fat although I eat very healthy and have a lot of muscle tone for a girl. I went to a gynecologist and she told me I probably wouldn't get my period until I'm older because I have low body fat. I'm wondering if my low body fat is causing my delayed puberty also?

our sex ed nurse and biology teachers both told us that repeated intense training and such can delay periods or just skip them and I personally envy you for not having to go through it yet...

Now the idea that body fat is related to when puberty started has been around for a while and has been proposed as the explanation as to why girls start puberty at a younger age now than in past and also why they start puberty earlier in developed nations than in developing ones. That theory holds that "better" nutrition is responsible for puberty at a younger age because the plentiful supply of calories means the body fat percentage needed to start puberty is acheived at a younger age.

I beg to differ on it as I know for a fact that it is simply not true...
first as a little girl I was told about all the little girls in Africa that get their periods at 9 or 10 and start getting pregnant and have babies at 10 or so which is a lot younger to what Ive heard from anyone from what you called developed nations
second there is another explanation as for why we get it sooner... today a girl 15 or older that still hasnt had her period is said to have a medical condition which requires hormones to start it... one of my friend is 14 and a half and her doctor gave hear a deadline of 6 more months and then shell get hormones to start hers if it hasnt started on its own by then... she said she looked it over the net and its common for girls in her condition to get it...

Fiona2
April 2nd, 2017, 05:49 AM
second there is another explanation as for why we get it sooner... today a girl 15 or older that still hasnt had her period is said to have a medical condition which requires hormones to start it... one of my friend is 14 and a half and her doctor gave hear a deadline of 6 more months and then shell get hormones to start hers if it hasnt started on its own by then... she said she looked it over the net and its common for girls in her condition to get it...

Do you think a Dr would prescribe hormones for me if I haven't even started puberty yet?

veroda
April 2nd, 2017, 09:34 PM
Do you think a Dr would prescribe hormones for me if I haven't even started puberty yet?

here for sure... but maybe it works differently in the US? I heard that our healthcare systems are very different...

Desdemona
May 14th, 2017, 06:31 AM
Do you think a Dr would prescribe hormones for me if I haven't even started puberty yet?

My mom is a pediatrician. She says that it might be a good idea to visit a specialist, an endocrinologist, if your puberty is this late. They have different forms of treatments, and if they think it's necessary they can jump start it with hormones. The might do things like take a bone x-ray to see how old your body believes it is, and if it thinks it is much younger than your physical age, that is indicative you might need a boost. Even if they do nothing, they will give you info and follow ups, which is a good thing.

ShilaFit
May 15th, 2017, 10:30 AM
In my opinion you can have a hormonal disorder.. and yes, low bf can make the difference

Beltane1001
May 15th, 2017, 10:59 AM
My sister is very active with swimming, she's very lean, she says she skips periods all the time

Totally normal

veroda
May 16th, 2017, 10:22 PM
she says she skips periods all the time

I guess that makes many of us jelly...