Early Puberty in Girls : Why Is This The New “Normal”
What time were you when you first had your period? I am betting that you are between 14 to 16 years old, right? Well, you will be surprised to know that more and more girls are experiencing early onset of puberty.
In fact, 16 percent of girls in the US have had their period at the age of 7 while 30 percent of the girls experience early onset of menstruation at the age of 8. Surprising, isn’t it?
Early puberty in girls is characterized by breast development, the onset of menstruation, and growth of pubic hair. While all of these may seem harmless, did you know that early puberty in girls comes with a few health problems?
The Health Risks of Early Puberty in Girls
Here are some of the things that girls who experience early puberty may encounter:
Since they are just still young, there’s a chance that these little girls may not still be able to understand the bodily changes that they are experiencing. In addition to that, they may feel inferior or different since they will look different than most of their friends or classmates. Because of this, they might have lower self-esteem, and worse, they may fall victim to depression.
What’s worse is, when not guided properly, these girls may be significantly influenced by older people to take drugs or have sex to cope up with the depression that they are feeling.
Aside from mental problems, these girls are at risk of particular health concerns as well. These may include ovarian. Breast or endometrial cancers. In addition to that, they will also be susceptible to hypertension, hyperinsulinemia, and heart diseases. Lastly, they also have a tendency of being obese.
Shorter duration of pre-pubertal growth.
Since the body has not been given enough time to grow properly, there’s a chance that the girls who experience early puberty onset will have poor height.
Why Does Early Puberty Take Place?
There are many reasons why early puberty occurs. For one, a scientific study revealed that the consumption of hormone-raised meat would increase your chance of experiencing this condition by 75 percent. This is because the chemicals and hormones given to the livestock can significantly increase the hormone levels inside the body which leads to puberty. In addition to this, the use of everyday household and beauty products like soaps, cosmetics, and cleaning products contain chemicals which mimic estrogen and may cause hormonal imbalance in our body. Lastly, emotional stress caused by unconventional family set up and other problems may also cause early puberty.
What Can You Do To Prevent This?
It’s true that there are various treatments that these girls can take to regulate the hormonal changes in their body. But as we all know, prevention is better than cure and the best way to prevent the early onset of puberty is to go green at home. This means consuming foods and using household, skin care and beauty products that are free from excess calories, hormones, and harmful chemicals.