Can people with sickle cell disease have delayed puberty (sexual maturity)?

Yes. Many adolescents with sickle cell disease experience puberty later than others. The average delay is about two years. Some people may experience a delay in puberty, but others may not. It is important to remember that even if it is late, puberty will still occur.

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Puberty is a time of rapid physical change. Growth and sexual development are more noticeable at this time than at any other period in your life.

Here are some of the ways boys and girls change at puberty: