The right hormone treatment will cause puberty to start and may restore fertility. If the condition begins after puberty or in adulthood, symptoms will often improve with treatment.
Early menopause (in females)
Low bone density and fractures later in life
Low self-esteem due to late start of puberty (emotional support may be helpful)
Sexual problems such as low libido
When to Contact a Medical Professional
Call your health care provider if:
Your child does not start puberty at the appropriate time
You are a woman under 40 and your menstrual cycles stop
You have lost armpit or pubic hair
You are a man and you have decreased sexual interest
Styne DM, Grumbach MM. Puberty: Ontogeny, neuroendocrinology, physiology, and disorders. In: Melmed S, Polonsky KS, Larsen PR, Kronenberg HM, eds. Williams Textbook of Endocrinology. 12th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 25.
Brent Wisse, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Nutrition, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.