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Patient Education

Delayed Puberty in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: For Parents

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source: Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy


This information sheet is about delayed puberty in people with duchenne muscular dystrophy. It is written for parents and caregivers. You might want to start by reading the introduction to the endocrine system sheet, which introduces you to some basic topics.

What is puberty?

Puberty is the process when hormones cause a person’s body to change, mature, and eventually to be able to reproduce. In boys, testosterone is the hormone that causes many of the changes seen during puberty. Some signs of puberty are facial hair, pubic hair, body odor, acne, your son’s voice getting deeper, and a growth spurt. Puberty hormones are also important for bone health. Puberty usually starts between 11-14 years. It takes a few years to be completed.

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