Hitting puberty is a lot like jury duty: It happens to everybody sooner or later, nobody really wants to go through with it, and bad things happen if you try to ignore it. Ah -- actually, only two of those things are true. If you really hated your adolescence, you might be interested to learn that there's a developmental disorder that prevents people from going through puberty at all. It's called Kallmann Syndrome, and it's no walk in the park. We spoke to Don Wyland, who has dealt with Kallmann Syndrome for years, and he told us ...
Your Puberty Literally Stops
In my early teens, I began to notice that I was the only guy around whose voice hadn't dropped yet. I was also shorter and skinnier than all the other boys. My dad told me he had been a late bloomer, so I just patiently waited it out. And let me tell you, the line at the DMV has nothing on waiting for your first pubes. As I turned 18 and prepared to head off to that mystical land of alcohol and STDs (college), my parents finally took me to a specialist to find out if something was medically wrong. Within about 20 minutes, the doctor arrived at Kallmann Syndrome. That family history of "late bloomers" is actually a red flag the size of Texas.
Apparently, "late" really isn't the right word anymore when you get a diploma before armpit hair.