Girls develop faster than boys, but when do girls reach their max height? Turns out, it’s dependent on the age they get their first period and enter puberty.
When do Girls Stop Growing?
Girls hit their maximum growth spurt before menstruation begins, generally getting their first period around 12 1/2 years of age.
Once their period starts, girls typically gain another 1 to 2 inches in height, reaching their full adult height by age 14 or 15.
However there is a very broad range of time in which girls hit puberty-related growth spurts.
Many girls start puberty between ages of 8 and 13, and have a growth spurt between the ages of 10 and 14. During puberty, it’s important for girls to maintain regular exercise and a balanced diet in order to ensure proper growth and development.
Rate of Height Increase for Girls by Age
Menstruation occurs slightly after the peak in height velocity. Girls stop growing around age 14-15, about 2 years after the onset of menstruation.
Signs of Puberty in Girls
- Breasts and hips begin to grow.
- Growth rate increases.
- Pubic hair begins to appear, usually within 6 to 12 months after breast development starts.
- Sexual organs increase in size (The uterus and vagina, as well as labia and clitoris.)
Tanner Stages of Puberty for Girls
Puberty is marked by distinct stages of physical development known as the Tanner stages, named after Professor James Tanner, a child development expert,
While the Tanner stages give average ages of puberty development, there is significant variation among children and teenagers. Parents and teens shouldn’t worry if they reach a stage of puberty earlier or later.
Tanner stage one: Before Puberty
This period is sometimes referred to as pre-pubertal.
Tanner stage two: Puberty Begins
- In girls, puberty usually begins at around 11 years of age, although it can occur anytime between 8 and 14.
- Girls grow taller about 3 inches per year during this stage
- Breast buds develop
- Pubic hair begins to develop
Tanner stage three: Growth Rate Peaks
- In girls, this stage usually begins after the age of 12.
- Growth rate peaks; girls grow an average of 3.2 inches a year — their highest growth rate.
- Breast development continues; girls need their first bra.
- Acne may development
Tanner stage four: Menstruation Begins
- This stage usually starts at the age of 13 for girls.
- Growth rate begins to slow to an average of 2.8 inches per year.
- Menstruation begins
Tanner stage five: Final Adult Height and Body
- This final stage usually occurs at just over 14 years of age.
- Girls will stop growing about 1-2 years after menstruation begins, reaching their full adult height by age 14-15.
- Breasts and genitals are fully developed at the end of this stage.