teens

 For some young women, it  may be helpful to establish care with an OB/GYN if they want to talk about the more "uncomfortable" private concerns with someone different. 
I often get questions about when young women should start coming in for gynecologic care. I love this question because it means someone is thinking ahead. I recommend a first OB/GYN visit anytime in the early teen years. Our governing body, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, recommends establishing care with a women's health provider between the ages of 13-15. Though it may seem...
Talk to your teens and their care providers about the HPV vaccine.
I often get the question from friends and family: “What do you think about the HPV vaccine?” Vaccines in general get a lot of attention by news and media outlets, but the HPV vaccine seems to get even more likely related to the type of virus it is used to prevent. Here are Five Things to Know about HPV and the vaccine: HPV or the Human Pappillomavirus is an infection that is spread through sexual...
Time goes quickly but remember to be present!
With the start of the new school year, I have had many thoughts and reflections. First, I know I am not the only one to think that this summer flew by! How does that happen? It seems that every year the time goes faster and faster, to the point that I experience an anxious state about all of the things I intended to do but didn’t for one reason or another. I have learned that the older I get, the...
back to school sized
I cannot believe it is that time of year again! The summer has gone by way too fast! After the school year ends, we still have plenty to do with travel lacrosse tournaments for my daughters and travel baseball tournaments for my son! We really do not slow down until July and now it is already three weeks from the beginning of school! I feel like I am just settling into the pace of the summer...
Healthy Selfie
As the mother of three children, I often worry about how living in a world concerned with social media will affect them. When I was a teen, there was no concern about what everyone was doing, no one to “screen shot” the homework, no worry about keeping up my “streaks!” Nor, was I worried about my reputation being ruined online. I was lucky to have a “princess” phone in my bedroom and could call my...