Did I stop growing?

Posted by vamp14 @vamp14, Aug 8, 2021

I’m 14 years old and have been 5’6 for about a few months now and I’m not sure if I should be worried or not. I hit my first growth spurt back in 4th grade when I was 4’9 and grew, by the time I was in 6th grade I was 5’1 . Then 7th grade came and I grew 5 more inches. By the time the pandemic started I was 5’6. I started 8th grade and finished 8th grade (currently about to go to 9th) and still haven’t grown a single inch. The doctor says I have a lot of testosterone and should be exercising more so I did but no signs of growth yet. Is there a certain exercise or medication or any remedies I can take to increase my height or maximize it?

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@craigbonoclento

I'm 15 & haven't grown in 5 months. Am I done growing? I'm a male and I just turned 15 yesterday. I am 5'7. My dad is 6'0. My mom is 5'4. My brother is 5'11. I exercise frequently, eat fairly well, and I get decent sleep. I have not grown AT ALL (not even a millimeter) in 5 months. I am very worried that I'm done growing. Although I am ever so slightly higher than the WHO average height (50th percentile) for 15.0 year olds, the fact that I haven't grown in 5 months concerns me.

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Hello @craigbonoclento and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. This sounds like a concern for you so I will start by saying that everyone grows at slightly different timing. While the average age that boys stop growing is 16, I can tell you that in my own family, there have been multiple males who have grown through age 18. My own son grew significantly throughout age 15 and is still growing, albeit at a slower pace while 16.

Also, you will notice I have moved your post into an existing discussion on this topic which you can find here:
- Did I stop growing?: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/did-i-stop-growing-at-14/

Members @vamp14 @yofy @jaymirwilsonn have all joined and shared your concern so would like to see if they can come back and give an update on their experience.

You can consult with your doctor at your next well-child check to see if they can offer any additional feedback given your particular information. Have you had a recent well-child exam?

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(ima girl btw) I’m 14, 8 months, and im 5’3 and haven’t grown at all since i turned 14 in december of 2022 and it is now august 17th, 2023. last summer i was 130 lbs and i have gotten a lot more active since then, im also a multi sport athlete and used to run laps and miles around my neighborhood and i lift weights- i went into a caloric deficit along with working out last year and in total lost about 20-23 lbs, my lowest being 107lbs but now im back up to 113, trying to gain weight because my mom and i think i may have stunted my growth. I also lost my period for two months last year, september-october, got it back rly light in november, and haven’t had it again since december of last year. we talked to a doctor and all she said was i need to gain weight to get my period back and that i probably won’t grow higher. (my mom is 5’5 and my dad is 6-6’1) my main worry is that i stunted my growth and im worried that i won’t continue growing but i really need to get taller because i am a goalkeeper and need to be atleast 5’7- im going into my freshman year of highschool and im wondering if i continue to gain weight, hopefully just muscle weight though, is it possible that i will keep growing? or maybe i can still hit a growth spurt?

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Hi @sophgk08, I moved your question to this existing discussion:
– Did I stop growing? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/did-i-stop-growing-at-14/

I did this so you can read the helpful posts from @astaingegerdm @fourof5zs @loribmt and connect with other teens like @vamp14 @yofy @craigbonoclento and others.

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@sophgk08

(ima girl btw) I’m 14, 8 months, and im 5’3 and haven’t grown at all since i turned 14 in december of 2022 and it is now august 17th, 2023. last summer i was 130 lbs and i have gotten a lot more active since then, im also a multi sport athlete and used to run laps and miles around my neighborhood and i lift weights- i went into a caloric deficit along with working out last year and in total lost about 20-23 lbs, my lowest being 107lbs but now im back up to 113, trying to gain weight because my mom and i think i may have stunted my growth. I also lost my period for two months last year, september-october, got it back rly light in november, and haven’t had it again since december of last year. we talked to a doctor and all she said was i need to gain weight to get my period back and that i probably won’t grow higher. (my mom is 5’5 and my dad is 6-6’1) my main worry is that i stunted my growth and im worried that i won’t continue growing but i really need to get taller because i am a goalkeeper and need to be atleast 5’7- im going into my freshman year of highschool and im wondering if i continue to gain weight, hopefully just muscle weight though, is it possible that i will keep growing? or maybe i can still hit a growth spurt?

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@sophgk08
You may still have a small amount of growth left.
Try to regain lost weight with a healthy diet, including dairy. You probably lost your period for 2 reasons- your high intensity physical activity as well as your weight loss.
Your body is changing into a woman’s body- there will be a small amount of fat- not just muscle mass.
You can ask your pediatrician or family doctor to request an X-ray of your wrist for pediatric bone age. That will tell you if your growth plates are closed.
I still think you may grow some once you get to a healthy weight.

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I am 15, 16 in March and 188 cm. My dad is 189cm and my mom is 178 cm. I had my first growth spurt at 6th grade to 180 cm and ever since I grew to my current height. I barely grow much. I eat healthy, I workout but not too much and I try to sleep 8hrs a day. Is it possible that I have stopped growing? I know I am tall enough but I kinda want to be taller, like at least 190cm

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@noamzohar

I am 15, 16 in March and 188 cm. My dad is 189cm and my mom is 178 cm. I had my first growth spurt at 6th grade to 180 cm and ever since I grew to my current height. I barely grow much. I eat healthy, I workout but not too much and I try to sleep 8hrs a day. Is it possible that I have stopped growing? I know I am tall enough but I kinda want to be taller, like at least 190cm

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Hello @moamzohar, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I moved your discussion and to another discussion of the same title where other teens have posed the same questions and concerns you have. https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/did-i-stop-growing-at-14/. Knowing exactly when and where you will stop growing is difficult. @noamzohar, if you are comfortable sharing, is there a specific reason you would like to grow a few more centimeters yet, or is it just a desired height you are hoping to obtain?

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@JustinMcClanahan

Hello @moamzohar, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I moved your discussion and to another discussion of the same title where other teens have posed the same questions and concerns you have. https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/did-i-stop-growing-at-14/. Knowing exactly when and where you will stop growing is difficult. @noamzohar, if you are comfortable sharing, is there a specific reason you would like to grow a few more centimeters yet, or is it just a desired height you are hoping to obtain?

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I just want to grow more, I was always taller then everyone but now that I'm in highschool I am not that much taller and it kinda makes me anxious

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Currently I’m 4’11 in 8th grade, I am also 13 years old. I have a twin brother who is 5’6 and he hit his growth spurt and his voice got deeper and everything. In 6th grade I was 4’8, but although I’m sweating more and wanting to eat a lot, I don’t think I’ll grow very fast. Most of my friends are at least 5’4, I’m always the shortest person which kind of makes me feel unequal. Someone please talk to me about this.

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@bobebaybobap

Currently I’m 4’11 in 8th grade, I am also 13 years old. I have a twin brother who is 5’6 and he hit his growth spurt and his voice got deeper and everything. In 6th grade I was 4’8, but although I’m sweating more and wanting to eat a lot, I don’t think I’ll grow very fast. Most of my friends are at least 5’4, I’m always the shortest person which kind of makes me feel unequal. Someone please talk to me about this.

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@bobebaybobap
Welcome to us here at Mayo Clinic Connect!
You mentioned that you have a twin brother- I assume you are a boy? Also, are you identical twins or fraternal twins?
We are not medical specialists here but we have gotten some knowledge from discussing problems like yours with other members that have experienced similar problems. We share experiences with testing, treatments and outcomes.
My guess is that you have not reached your growth spurt yet.
I assume you have a Pediatrician or Family Doctor who can answer your question by examining you and performing some tests.
Please ask your parents to arrange an appointment for you.
At your age there is such a big difference in heights among boys. You could even grow taller than your brother and friends.

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I’m a 14 year old boy i’m turning 15 in 2 months my moms 5’2 and my dads 5’11 i’m 5’9. I haven’t grown in 3 months and i think i’m almost done with puberty how much taller can i get?

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