Puberty Before Age 10: A New ‘Normal’?

Reaching puberty is a rite of passage that we’ve all been through, but children nowadays are reaching it earlier than ever before — a trend that has both health experts and parents alarmed.

Precocious puberty, which is the appearance of secondary sex characteristics like pubic hair or breast growth before age 8, or the onset of menarche before age 9, impacts at least 1 in 5,000 U.S. children, and the rate is on the rise.1

Even in the last three decades, children (particularly girls) are maturing at younger and younger ages (precocious puberty is 10 times more common in girls than in boys).


Early onset of puberty via estrogen-mimicking endocrine disruptors has two useful social control functions: sterility (reduced fertility in the male and early menopause in females) and wrecking the family, which is the last holdout of human community and empowerment in the western world.

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