Precocious Puberty

Q: Does going through an early and irregular puberty really mean you will stop growing at an earlier age?

A: Although short stature is common in Spina Bifida for many reasons, one concern about precocious puberty is that in addition to premature sexual development, there is premature bone development which causes the growth plates of the bones to mature and fuse early; thereby limiting further growth. For more information, review SBA’s health information sheet on precocious puberty.