"All of my friends need bras but I don't -
how do I know if there's something wrong?"
"Why am I shorter than my friends in my year at school?"
"Why have all of my friends started their periods when I haven't?"
Although a diagnosis of Turner Syndrome may seem frightening, with early intervention, appropriate medical care and ongoing support, a girl with Turner Syndrome can lead a normal, healthy and productive life.
Turner Syndrome is a rare genetic condition that only affects females. It affects approximately 1 in 2,000 girls.
A girl with Turner Syndrome is either missing whole or part of one normal X chromosome, rather than the usual two, XX, which occurs randomly when the baby is conceived in the womb.
Girls with Turner Syndrome can experience a variety of symptoms, some of which may be serious but many of which can be managed effectively following diagnosis. The most common symptoms include shorter height and problems with periods or fertility. The earlier a diagnosis is made, the easier it is for a specialist to help manage the symptoms that may include:
If you've had similar thoughts, or think you might be affected by Turner Syndrome, it's important that you visit your GP to discuss your concerns. Download the resource pack from the link below to help assist you with these discussions.
Although Turner Syndrome may sound like a daunting condition, there are treatments and support groups available to ensure that girls living with Turner Syndrome can receive the help they need.