Does early puberty need to be treated?

All photos are of models and not of persons with central precocious puberty.

Yes. Early puberty, or CPP, can have lasting complications beyond
childhood. Treatment may help prevent those complications.1,2

Central precocious puberty (CPP)CPP can affect your child both physically and emotionally, and those effects can carry into
adulthood. If your child is diagnosed with CPP, the sooner treatment for precocious puberty is started, the sooner the
progression of puberty may be stopped.

Potential Complication of CPP

Short adult height1
Children with CPP may go through an early growth spurt and be taller than their peers. This is because their bones mature quicker than normal. Unfortunately, they often stop growing earlier, too. If CPP is not treated, they most likely will not reach their projected adult height.

Hear about complications of central precocious puberty from a doctor.

Karen Klein, MD, Pediatric Endocrinologist

The complications of CPP

Karen Klein, MD, Pediatric Endocrinologist

You didn’t cause CPP3
As a parent, it’s normal to want answers and understand the cause of early puberty, but the fact is, CPP can just happen. For most children, there’s no known cause. And it’s not because you did something to make it happen. In some cases CPP can be caused by an underlying condition. That’s why it’s important to see your child’s doctor to know for sure.

Hear about early puberty causes from a doctor. Hear about the causes of early puberty from a doctor.

Peter A. Lee, MD, Pediatric Endocrinologist

What causes CPP?

Peter A. Lee, MD, Pediatric Endocrinologist

Some common facts about CPP in the U.S.4

CPP affects

CPP affects one in every 5,000 – 10,000 children in the U.S.
CPP affects one in every 5,000 – 10,000 children in the U.S.


CPP is 10 times more
common in girls than boys

CPP, or central precocious puberty, is ten times more common in girls than boys.

CPP is 10 times more
common in girls than boys

Hear real stories about early puberty from other parents.

See what parents are saying about the signs and symptoms of early onset puberty.

Noticing signs and symptoms of CPP

See how parents react to children who are experiencing puberty at an early age.

What’s happening with
my child?

Watch parents discuss the diagnosis of Central Precocious Puberty, CPP.

Getting a diagnosis

Parents explain how they’ve taken action against Central Precocious Puberty, CPP.

Taking action

References: 1. Precocious Puberty Complications. Mayo Clinic Website.​diseases-conditions/precocious-puberty/​basics/​complications/​con-20029745 Accessed June 16, 2015. 2. Precocious Puberty Treatment and Drugs. Mayo Clinic Website.​diseases-conditions/​precocious-puberty/​basics/​treatment/​con-20029745. Accessed June 17, 2015. 3. Precocious puberty. Mayo Clinic Web site.​diseases-conditions/​precocious-puberty/​basics/​causes/​con-20029745. Accessed June 9, 2015 4. Saenger P. Novel treatments seem promising for central precocious puberty.​endocrinology/​pediatric-endocrinology/​news/​print/​endocrine-today/​%7Bbe447e73-0aab-417e-8ce4-4cb91d8f095d%7D/​novel-treatments-seem-promising-for-central-precocious-puberty. Accessed January 31, 2014.