Lindsay Shaw

Delayed Puberty

Both men and women with CF can experience a delay in the onset of puberty of about 2-4 years. In women, this can be due to low body weight, and with males, it has to do with hormones reaching peak levels.  Sometimes this can affect self image or cause anxiety, as many CF adolescents will have to deal with a time where they are physically smaller than their peers. It is important to remember that the situation is only temporary! Once hormones reach regular peak levels, CF individuals will experience their growth spurt and will take on the physical appearance of a normal healthy adult. In the meantime, however, good nutrition and exercise can help with improving self-image.