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How Puberty Can Affect Boys With a Bleeding Disorder

During puberty, it's common for boys to have rapid growth spurts (times when they grow really fast over a short time). This rapid growth can cause growing pains—when joints and muscles ache and get sore.

Also, when a boy grows really fast, he sometimes doesn't have enough time to get used to his longer and larger arms and legs, so he might feel a bit awkward and clumsy. One major way that growing affects boys with a bleeding disorder: they may have to change how much factor they need.

Body Image and Self-Esteem

Feeling good about yourself or having positive self-esteem is all about how much you value yourself, and the pride you feel in your accomplishments. Sometimes self-esteem is connected to how you think you look, how well you do in school, or what kind of friend or family member you are.

Some kids struggle with their self-esteem when they begin puberty—the time when a person's body begins to grow and change in different ways. Some kids feel self-conscious about these changes and compare themselves to others. As a person with a bleeding disorder, you may be self-conscious about bruises, needle marks, swollen joints, or using crutches. Recognize that your body is your own, no matter what shape, size, or color it is.

You don't have to have a great body to have a great body image.

Having a healthy attitude helps you develop good friendships, grow more independent from your parents, and challenges you physically and mentally. Finding ways to explore these parts of yourself can help boost your self-esteem.