My son turned 14 last fall, but has yet to start puberty. He's always been small for his age, but it's become more pronounced as his friends and classmates hit their growth spurts. His doctors have done blood tests and x-rays and confirmed there is nothing wrong, though we're told his body is at the developmental stage of an average 10 year-old.

The doctors recommended a course of testosterone injections. We did some research and doctors appear to universally recommend this. We learned that while this treatment jump-starts puberty and kicks off a growth spurt, studies have shown there is no ultimate size different when fully grown between those who have the treatment and those who don't.

My son has good friends and has learned to accept his size. But nonetheless he's eager for puberty to begin before he starts high school. The doctors we've spoken to recommend the procedure for the psychological benefit of catching up to his peers.

In spite of the research we're still nervous about this. It would help if we had a testimonial from a teenager or parents who have been through this.

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    Sorry, but this is not the kind of question we can really answer. We can't provide medical advice, and while the experience of someone who has been through it might feel more "real" than a doctor's opinion, it doesn't actually give you more information. Your doctor is the best guide to medical treatment and we can only suggest that you follow their advice. Jan 28, 2020 at 8:46
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    To get more medical information, you could consider asking on medicalsciences.stackexchange.com . However, note that they, too, cannot give individual medical advice and cannot replace professional medical advice.
    – sleske
    Jan 28, 2020 at 12:42
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    I don’t see a difference between this question and the one linked here. In both cases, the OP is looking for other parents/people’s experiences not medical advice. Unless I’m interpreting this question incorrectly, this poster already has medical advice, but wants additional information to supplement it. A parent wanting advice on whether or not to help their teen with a physical issue that affects their psychological well being is allowed here, is it not?
    – Jax
    Jan 28, 2020 at 13:56
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    I think this question is fine as it is. It's not asking for medical advice, it's asking for the experiences of other parents who went through this process generally. I don't know if this is a common enough thing that you'll get an answer, but I think it's fine to ask.
    – Joe
    Jan 28, 2020 at 17:23
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    @Jax the question you link was looking for information about non-medical aspects of circumcision. This question is looking for anecdotes about recommended medical treatment. There is an important difference. Jan 29, 2020 at 15:24


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