My friends say that when a girl starts her period, basically she stops growing. Is that true?

The girls experience a growth spurt in early adolescence, which begins around 10-11 years. They gain maximum height during this period of early adolescence (11-13 years), which becomes slower after this period even though it continues at a slower rate. However they attain menarche (that is the first menstrual bleeding) in middle adolescence by which time most of the growth has taken place. So what you have heard is only partly right. Girls continue to grow but much slowly after menstruation. Growth is possible for both boys and girls till the bones in the limbs fuse by the age of 18 years.

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