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Friday, December 26, 2008 RaisedMyself87, Community Member, asks

Q: When does the vagina stop developing, and how late does puberty go until?

I'm 21 years old, and puberty for me was very irregular. I got my period once when I was 13, then it didn't come back for another year and a half, and even then came in 6 month intervals. After I started taking birth control it did get regular, and now it is alot more stable than it used to be, but it can still be totally off schedule. Anyway, I didn't really develop breasts until I was 17, and with alot of weight gain and loss the development has seemed inconsistent. I also had a lot of sex with older men in my younger teens, and this has brought me some pain and different issues as I learned that my vagina was not fully developed as I was having sex with grown well endowed men. My vagina is (not sure how accurate it is to say but) pretty small, very small labia, very small clitoris, very sensitive. My mother is not around and I don't have a reference as to what I may develop into body wise, though I'm very curious about my body and its development. Just now after my 21st birthday, my hips have started to widen and the shape of my breasts are changing a bit. I used to be on certain psychiatric/hormonal meds that made other girls blow up in the breast hips and butt areas, but they have not affected me at all. What's the deal with my body? How long do I have with 'puberty'?

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Amy Hendel, Health Guide
12/29/08 7:32pm

Most girls will continue to develop 2-3 years after onset of period.  Some girls have late puberty or their puberty extends for more than the two to 3 years.  Your hips widening and your body continuing to mature might continue to happen beyond the end of puberty - the physical maturation can continue but puberty is technically over -s o that is what you may be observing.  the birth control pills will help to make your cycle more regular - especially when periods are very irregular.  A gynecologist can discuss your 'size" and variations on the norm if he or she examines you since they have an excellent point of reference..

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By RaisedMyself87, Community Member— Last Modified: 10/21/10, First Published: 12/26/08