Do you have a daughter that is approaching puberty? One of the decisions you will need to make is how to discuss the changes that she will physically be undergoing over the next few years. This can be uncomfortable for some parents but it is necessary to prepare your daughter for the next stage of her life. Some parents find seeking the help of a caring OB/GYN to help educate their daughter on reproductive health is an excellent option.
Let’s face it. If you don’t discuss the importance of reproductive health with your daughter, she is probably still receiving information from her friends, often the wrong information. It is important she learns the facts about the changes happening in her body, what to expect when she starts her menstrual periods and information about protecting her health when it comes to sexual activity. For many parents, having a medical professional sharing this information with their daughter makes it easier to discuss these subjects openly and honestly.
You can start by scheduling an appointment with an OB/GYN for a wellness exam for your daughter. You can discuss with the clinic what information you want your daughter to learn about, including how to handle her menstrual periods, importance of hygiene, STDs, contraceptive options and pregnancy facts. Having a medical professional there to answer your daughter’s questions can be helpful, especially if she is embarrassed to discuss some of these topics. Once she has the basic information, you can answer any additional questions she may have and keep an open dialogue as she begins experiencing these changes to her body in the months and years to come.
Posted on behalf of
Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A.
699 Church Street #220
Marietta, GA 30060