Posted by: drmolly in teenager, sexuality, sex on
Sep 01, 2010
Talking to teens about sex is challenging for parents and doctors alike. Starting to talk about it early and often is important, though. Teens are not always known for thinking through their decisions, but the more you talk about sex with them, the more likely they will be to delay having sex for the first time.
Here are some statistics about teens and sexuality:
- Teenage girls still get pregnant a lot despite readily available contraception
Posted by: drmolly in sexuality, sex on
Aug 31, 2010
Recently, the Obama administration, through health care reform, has changed the way sex ed will be taught. Based on data from a 2007 study, which showed abstinence-only sex ed programs had no effect on sexual activity and behaviors, a more comprehensive approach to sex ed is in the works.
Abstinence won't be off the agenda, of course, because it is a great method of pregnancy and STD prevention. However, given the fact that just as many girls get
Posted by: drmolly in teenager, sex, periods, pelvic exam, pap smear, menstrual, hpv, gardasil, cervical cancer, birth control on
Jan 17, 2010
I don't love going to the gynecologist for my annual exam even though I have a fantastic doctor with whom I feel totally comfortable. When I was a young woman, it was the norm to go to the gynecologist for your first pelvic exam around 16 years old. How times have changed!
Recently the American Academy of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) revised its recommendations for the age at which a girl should have her first pap smear to 21 years old
It is mid-summer and by now I have given the puberty talk to my patients about 100 times. I have it down pat and have gotten enough positive feedback that I thought I would share it with you.
I give this talk to boys entering 5th or 6th grade because even if they aren't in puberty yet, some of their peers will be and this opens the lines of communication between the boy and his parents. I always give this talk with the parent(s) in the room but
Your 5-year-old son is constantly "adjusting" his underwear.
Your 3-year-old daughter is "riding" the arm of the cough a lot lately.
Your 4-year-old daughter seems to "dance" in her car seat and wriggle her hips up against the clasp for the seat belt between her legs.
Your 6-year-old son is complaining that when his penis gets big it hurts.
Your 7-year-old daughter is "itching" her private parts so much that you wonder if she has a yeast