Woman 'trapped in kid's body' explains how different hitting puberty was for her
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The star of reality series I Am Shauna Rae has revealed how different hitting puberty was for her.
24-year-old Shauna Rae - who stands at three feet, 10 inches tall - received brain cancer treatment when she was just six months old, which caused damage to her pituitary gland.
This then developed into pituitary dwarfism, meaning that she weighs just 50 pounds and stands at the 'average height of an eight-year-old'.
Recently taking to her TikTok page, a fan asked her: "Did you hit puberty at a normal time like 10-16 (I know this is a weird question but I'm genuinely curious)."
Shauna had no issue with answering the question as she felt like the topic of puberty among men and women is wrongly 'taboo' in society.
She explained: "When it comes to my puberty and my period and all of that stuff, I believe it was on a normal timeframe, I started showing signs of it around, I think, late 12, early 13.
"And I went on a puberty blocker, and then I hit my period at 16.
"So I went on a puberty blocker in order to stop my period, or my puberty from happening so fast."
Shauna tried to 'slow' her puberty down so she could reach her maximum possible height.
"So if anything, my puberty was happening at a normal timeframe, but then we tried to medically slow it down," she added.
"That way, I could get as much potential of growth out of my body as possible.
"Because for female puberty, usually at the end of your puberty when you hit your period, that's kind of like the end all for your height growth.
"Like your period begins, your puberty kind of ends, you don't grow more than an inch to two inches.
"So because of this, we had to try to stop my period from happening and slow down my puberty.
"That way my body can try to take in as much human growth hormone as possible.
"Unfortunately, it didn't give me like, amazingly tall amounts of growth. My period came anyway despite being on the puberty blocker.
"So again, period, it started at 16. But puberty really started showing signs around 12, 13.
"And for my family, that's pretty typical for the timeframe.
"So, as per timeframe, it was normal, but we did try to slow it down. Unfortunately, it just didn't work."