Girls Now Begin Puberty at Age 9

Dr. Mercola

July 10, 2010

More and more girls are reaching puberty before the age of 10. The phenomenon could be linked to obesity or exposure to chemicals in the food chain.  It is putting girls at greater long-term risk of breast cancer.

A study has revealed that breast development now typically starts at an average age of 9 years and 10 months — an entire year earlier than what a similar study found in 1991.

The Times reports:

“Scientists warn that such young girls are ill-equipped to cope with sexual development when they are still at primary school … Hitting puberty early can mean longer exposure to estrogen, which is a factor in breast cancer. There is also a greater risk of heart disease.”

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.