Growing Taller After Puberty

Vertically challenged people are always eager to know if they can get taller after they have crossed their teenage years, but it very difficult to find a definite answer to this. The medical fraternity is still divided in their opinion on the possibility of height augmentation after puberty.

Height increasing shoes are definitely one of the safest and most effective solutions to look taller, but let us look at some of the other alternatives that claim to increase your actual height.

Exercise and Diet

Some people claim that there are a number of natural methods by which you can grow taller even after puberty. Stretching exercises are said to be the best of all the natural methods of gaining height. Yoga ‘Asanas’ like the Wheel and the Bow are also considered quite beneficial. However, the easiest and perhaps the most effective form of exercise is simply to hang by a bar on a regular basis.

Exercising the knees is also considered to have a positive effect on height. Similarly, exercising with ankle weights is an often suggested exercise for increasing height. Some health experts claim that ankle weights can increase a person’s height by 2-3 inches.

Riding a bicycle and swimming can also be a good way to achieve height increase after puberty. However, you will need to learn some special techniques of riding and swimming that are said to increase their effectiveness.

Lastly, it is said that a healthy calcium rich diet can also contribute significantly to bone growth resulting in height increase. This may not be very effective for individuals past their puberty, but it is certainly helpful in adolescents’ and children’s growth.

Some Artificial But Great Ways to Appear Tall

Besides intake of a calcium rich diet and regular exercise, you can look taller by other means as well. You can add those crucial inches to your height by grooming yourself cleverly and by stepping into a pair of height increasing shoes.

You should go for vertical stripes in your clothes. You should never go for big or horizontal stripes, as they will have the opposite effect and make you look short. You can also get a tall and spiky haircut to further augment your height.

Wearing height increasing shoes is another great way to look tall. They have hidden pads that can lift you up by up to four inches. As the pads are concealed, the height increasing shoes resemble any other shoe to an observer. That is the main reason why these shoes are becoming so popular.

Thus, there are many ways through which you can try to look taller. You should always go for a method that is effective but does not compromise your comfort, and height increasing shoes seem to best fulfill this criteria.

Wet Dreams

So, what is a “wet dream?”

From around the age of ten through the teen years, a male or female may experience something called a nocturnal emission, or as it is more commonly known, a “wet dream"

When you’re sleeping, you may dream about someone who you find very attractive. 1f you’re a male, you may get an erection, have a fluid come out of your penis (this is per-lubricating fluid), or even orgasm and ejaculate (have semen come out of your penis). You’ve just had a wet dream.

Although this might be a little embarrassing when you wake up, this is very natural and normal. Your father, grandfather, and uncle may have experienced wet dreams when they were your age; don’t worry about it.

Ladies, wet dreams for you are also normal, but they don’t seem to happen as frequently as they do with males. You may also have an exciting dream about someone you find attractive. This may cause you to become so sexually stimulated that your vagina may produce a little, or quite a bit of, vaginal lubrication, This will cause you to be a little surprised the next morning when your underwear or pajama pants are moist. Just as with the guys, this is normal and natural.

Not everyone experiences wet dreams, but if you do, remember that this is just another one of the many surprises to expect during the teen years.

Penis Size

Penis size is the biggest concern. (No pun intended.) If you’ve worried about the size of yours, you’re not alone! This topic comes up over and over again in our question boxes and in readers’ let ters. In fact, we get more questions about penis size than all other topics combined.

One of the earliest scientific reports on penis size dates back to 1879. Its author, Dr. W. Krause, reported that “in most cases” the erect penis is just less than 8¼ inches long. Maybe the whole problem of men thinking their penises are too small can be traced back to this report or maybe not. But the fact is, Dr. K. was off by more than 2 inches. Most guys will fall short of the mark trying to measure up to 81¼ inches. Only one in a hundred grown men has an erect penis that long!

The Long and Short of It

We’ll get to the more up-to-date, scientific reports of penis size in just a page or two. First, though, we want to clear up a couple of size issues. Many boys think their penises are too small. They look around the locker room and everyone’s penis seems bigger than theirs. But comparing sizes this way can be misleading.

There’s a lot of variation in the size of the soft penis. But size differences tend to disappear when an erection appears. Penises that are on the small side when soft tend to grow more during an erection. Penises that are Larger than most when soft tend to grow less. If your penis is on the small side when soft, this doesn’t mean it will be on the small side when erect.

It’s difficult to even say what the average size of the soft penis is. That’s because the size changes so much. Being afraid, cold, or nervous can reduce blood inside the penis, making it smaller in size. The penis can shrink by as much as two inches. Being relaxed or warm increases the blood in the penis, making it larger. That’s why it’s difficult to say what the average size of one man’s pen is is when it’s soft, much less the average of all men. That’s also why most scientific studies measure the size of the erect penis.

It’s natural for boys to make locker room comparisons. It’s natural to want to see how you measure up against the “average” penis size. But, don’t forget, you’re still growing. Remember what I told you in 5 Stages of Penis Development. The penis doesn’t reach full size until Stage 5. If you’re not in Stage 5 yet, you’ve still got a lot of growing to do. Even once you reach Stage 5, your penis may continue to grow. Many a boy is seventeen or eighteen or even older before his penis reaches its full size.

The penis doesn’t really start to grow until Stage 3. The guy next to you in the gym showers may be the same age, but he may be at a very different stage of puberty. He may be in Stage 4 or 5 already. If you’re still in Stage 2, of course his penis is bigger than yours. That doesn’t mean yours is too small. When you get to Stage 5, your penis will probably be about the same as most other guys’ penises.

The size of your erection varies, too. There may not be as much variation as there is in the size of soft penises. But erection size is affected by room temperature, how nervous you are, the time of day, recent sexual activity, the situation, and your mood.

5 Stages of Penis Development

The five stages of sex organ growth and penis development are described below:

Stage 1: Childhood

Stage 1 is childhood, before puberty begins. Your sex organs do not change very much during this stage. As the rest of your body grows, the penis, scrotum, and testicles grow a little bit larger, too, but not by very much. What growth there is takes place very slowly. The testicles are usually less than 3 ml in size. You won’t have any pubic hair yet. Boys usually don’t grow pubic hair until Stage 2 or later.

Stage 2: Testicles and Scrotum Enlarge

Stage 2 is the beginning of puberty. A boy reaches Stage 2 when his testicles and scrotum begin to enlarge. During childhood, these sex organs grow very slowly. When puberty hits, they start growing at a much faster rate. If your testicles are 4 ml or larger in size you have probably reached Stage 2 and started puberty.

The penis itself doesn’t get much larger in this stage. The biggest change is in the size of the testicles and scrotum. As the testicles grow larger, the scrotum gets longer. The testicles and scrotum hang lower. The skin of the scrotum gets thinner and looser. The scrotum is more baggy and wrinkled. The testicles no longer fill the scrotal sac. The skin of the scrotum has a new “feel” to it. The color changes too. The skin of the scrotum reddens or gets darker in color.

Most boys develop their first pubic hairs during this stage. But many boys don’t develop their first pubic hairs until Stage 3 or

Boys typically reach Stage 2 when they’re ten to twelve years old, but there are many boys who start this stage when they are only nine. There are also many who don’t start until they’re thirteen or nearly fourteen. There are also some perfectly normal and healthy boys who get to Stage 2 even earlier than the age of eight or later than age fourteen.

This stage may last anywhere from just a few months to more than two years. On the average, it lasts about a year.

Stage 3: The Penis Grows Longer

Stage 3 begins when the penis starts to grow longer. It doesn’t get much wider during this stage. The biggest change is in the length of the penis.

The skin of the penis and scrotum continues to deepen in color in this stage. The scrotum and testicles also continue to grow during this stage.

If your pubic hair didn’t start growing during Stage 2, you may notice your first pubic hairs during this stage. If you already have pubic hair, it may get darker and curlier during this stage.

Most boys reach this cage between the ages often and fourteen. The average age for starting Stage 4 is twelve or thirteen. This stage usually lasts anywhere from a couple of months to a year and a half.

Stage 4: The Penis Grows Wider

In Stage 4, the penis grows wider and the glans becomes more developed. The penis also continues to grow longer but the major changes are in its width and in the glans. The skin of the scrotum and penis continues to darken in color. The testicles continue to grow and the scrotum hangs lower. Most boys have pubic hair when they start Stage 4. But there arc some who don’t develop pubic hair until they reach this stage.

Boys typically start Stage 4 when they are thirteen or fourteen years old. But many boys are only eleven or twelve when they start this stage. There are also many boys who arc fifteen, sixteen, or seventeen before they reach this stage. Here again, there are a few perfectly healthy normal boys who fall outside these age ranges. This stage usually lasts anywhere from six months to two years.

Stage 5: Adult Stage

This is the final, mature stage. The testicles are fully grown. They are usually about 1¾ inches long and between 14 and 27 ml n size. The scrotum is also fully developed. The skin of the scrotum and penis has gotten even deeper in color.

The penis is now fully developed. As with other parts of the body, the size of the penis varies from one person to the next. Boys typically reach Stage 5 when they are fourteen to sixteen years old. But some boys reach this stage when they’re only twelve or thirteen and others not until they’re older than sixteen. As with the other stages some normal boys will fall outside the age ranges I mentioned here.

Uneven Breast Size

 Some girls worry because one breast develops before the other. A 14 years girl told me:

One of my breasts was starting to grow. The other one was still completely flat. I was afraid that the other one would never grow - that I was only going o have one breast instead of two
Other girls worry because one breast is larger than the other:
Both of mine started growing at the same time, but one of mine was a lot bigger than the other one. I was worried that I was going to grow up all lopsided.

Often a breast bud develops under one nipple while the other breast remains flat. The second breast bud usually develops within six to twelve months.

While a girl is developing, one breast may be noticeably larger than the other. This is perfectly normal! It is most common in Stages 2 to 4 as discussed in 5 Stages of Breast Development. By the time a girl reaches Stage 5, the two breasts are usually about the same size, but some girls continue to have a noticeable difference in size even as adults. If the difference in size bothers a woman, you can wear a padded bra or bra insert or you can have a plastic surgery to correct the size differences. However, this surgery is usually done until a girl has finished puberty. In the meantime, you can wear a padded bra or bra insert.

Protecting Your Breasts from Cancer

A breast bud feels like a small button under the nipple. Girls sometime mistake them for the breast lumps that are a sign of cancer, but breast cancer never affects girls whose breasts are just starting to develop. Older girls sometimes have problems with lumpy breasts around the time of their periods. However, lumps under the nipple in girls just starting puberty are perfectly normal just another part of growing up.

Breast Cancer is rarely, if ever, found in teenagers. But what you eat during these years may affect your chances of developing breast cancer later in life.

Why? Because between Puberty and the time of a Woman's first pregnancy, cells in the breast are still maturing. During this time, the breasts are especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of cancer-causing substances in the diet and the environment. A young woman's exposure to these harmful substances can lead to cancer many years later.

Scientists still don't know exactly what causes breast cancer. But a diet high in fat (especially animal fat) may increase your chances of developing breast cancer. Likewise, drinking alcohol may increase the risk.

On the other hand, a high-fiber diet with lots of fruits and vegetables (especially leafy green vegetables) may lower the risk. Regular exercise may also lower your chances of developing breast cancer.

You'll find more information on healthy diet and exercise in this blog and also all around the internet. Follow the best practices and help protect your breasts at this important time in your life.

Breast Size Problems

Imagine a gym full of girls standing with their arms held at shoulder level, elbows bent. Jerking their elbows back and forth to a one-two, one-two count, they chant:

We must, we must,
We must increase our busts.
Its better, it’s better,
It’s better for the sweater.
We may we may,
We may get big someday.
That was gym class in the “good old days.” We hope girls no longer have to do this. Not that there’s anything wrong with the exercise. It’s good for toning and firming the muscles of the chest wall. If you do this exercise a lot, the chest muscles underneath the breast will get thicker. This may make your breasts stand out more, but it won’t make your breasts larger. Your breasts are mostly glands and flit tissue. No amount of exercise will enlarge them.

Although the exercise itself is fine, the chant is not. All that business about “we must increase our busts puts such emphasis on having big breasts. It’s as if big breasts were somehow better than small ones. Small breasts do as good a job of making breast milk as large ones. Small breasts give us the same pleasurable feelings when they are stroked or touched. Small breasts are just as beautiful as big ones. It’s like the difference between being blonde and brunette. Some people prefer one look, some people prefer the other.

However, there are so many big-busted, glamorous women in advertisements, films, and TV shows that it’s easy to get the idea that big breasts are more womanly or sexier than small ones. You’d be surprised how many people don’t feel that way. Besides, anyone who decides whether to like you based on breast size isn’t a person worth knowing.

Still, we do live in a country that has a hang-up about breasts. Some women with small breasts feel unhappy about their bodies. Some even have operations to enlarge their breasts.

Breast size can be a problem for large-breasted women, too. In some cases, the breasts are so large that their size affects posture and causes back pains. There are also operations to reduce breasts to a more comfortable size.

Concerns about Developing Breasts

  • Could a girl’s breasts burst?
  • Could a girl’s boobs pop like a balloon?

The answer to these questions is, “No.” For a long time, we didn’t understand what was behind these questions. Then one day, a girl in our class clued us in:
Grown-ups are always saying things like, “Oh, you’re really popping out,” or “You’re sure bursting out all over.” Sometimes my breasts feel sore, like they really are about to burst, so I wondered.

If you’ve worried about this, you can stop worrying. Your breasts won’t pop or burst. Many girls I talked to had concerns or worries about their developing breasts. I’ll share their concerns with you in the below paragraphs:

Itchy, Tender, Sore, or Painful Breasts

One or both of your developing breasts may be itchy, tender, sore, or downright painful at times. One girl told us:
I was really freaked out. I had these little flat bumps under my nipples. They hurt all the time, especially if they got hit or something. They were so sore. I thought maybe some thing was wrong.
Developing breasts are often itchy, sore, tender, or even painful. This is not a sign that something is wrong. It’s just a normal part of growing up. The discomfort usually goes away on its own. The pain usually isn’t severe. In the rare cases when the pain is severe, the girl should see her doctor. He or she can prescribe drugs to help the problem.

Once a girl’s periods begin, she may find that her breasts are sore around the time of her menstrual period. For more information on this, read other related posts.