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College Student Not Growing Fast

Published: August 31, 2013
Dear TeenHealthFX,

I am 18 years old clg student but I am not growing fast. There is very slow growth of my beard and moustache also my voice doesn't became masculine. I am facing very big problem, no one wish to talk with me. Please please help me.


Dear College Student Not Growing Fast,

Many young men compare their progress with the progress of their peers, which does not take into account that each individual is different. Some males enter puberty earlier and will finish their growth at an earlier age. Other boys enter puberty later and will continue to grow until a later age. Neither early nor late puberty has any influence on what your eventual growth will be. This has been predetermined by your genetic makeup.

The first sign of puberty in boys is an increase in the size of the testicles. In the early stages there is little pubic hair and the penis does not increase in size very much. Puberty continues with an increase in size of the testicles and penis and an increase of pubic and body hair. At some point you will experience a growth spurt that usually begins with an enlargement of the hands and feet and is later followed by growth in the arms, trunk and chest.

One of the last things to happen is the growth of facial hair. Each man is different in the amount of facial hair that he gets and when he begins to have growth. It is not uncommon for males in their late teens and early twenties to grow a bit more and develop more body hair, especially chest hair. The amount of facial hair you ultimately have is based upon genetics. So look at your parents. If your father is not that hairy then you most likely will not be.

As far as your voice there is also the possibility that it could change. Voices come in all ranges and pitches. During puberty an increase in testosterone causes the male’s vocal cords to grow longer and thicker. The thicker the vocal chords usually the deeper the voice. It is similar to strings on a guitar; the thinner strings have a higher pitch while the thicker ones are lower. It has nothing to do with the level of one’s masculinity.

 

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