Tag: Teen health

Is your teenager in an abusive relationship? Here are the warning signs

Is your teenager in an abusive relationship? Here are the warning signs

Violence can happen in teenage relationships, so make sure you know the signs and can help your child. Abuse in relationships – including those between teenagers – can happen to men and boys, but it’s much more likely to happen to women and girls. It also happens in same-sex relationships. Different types of abuse Physical...

How to Recognize Verbal Abuse and Bullying

How to Recognize Verbal Abuse and Bullying

Most people assume that if they were being verbally abused they would know about it. After all, verbal abuse often involves yelling, put-downs, name-calling, and belittling behaviors. But there is so much more to verbal abuse than people realize. In fact, some people are verbally abused on a regular basis without even recognizing that it’s...

Sexting: What Parents Need to Know

Sexting: What Parents Need to Know

Sexting (or “sex texting”) is sending or getting sexually explicit or suggestive images, messages, or videos on a smartphone or through the Internet. Sexting includes sending: nude or nearly nude photos or selfies videos that show nudity, sex acts, or simulated sex text messages that propose sex or refer to sex acts Why Do Teens...

Should Teens Wait to Date?

Should Teens Wait to Date?

Think of high school romance: Images come to mind of the school dance, with lucky couples clinging to one another — and having all the fun — on the dance floor. Dejected singletons sit it out on the sidelines, feeling sorry for themselves. Right? The reality of teen dating may be very different, according to a recent study...

How likely is it for a child to become sick with COVID-19?

How likely is it for a child to become sick with COVID-19?

Children of all ages can become ill with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). But most kids who are infected typically don’t become as sick as adults and some might not show any symptoms at all. Know the symptoms of COVID-19 in babies and children, why children might be affected differently by COVID-19, and what you can...

Teaching Your Teen How to Use a Pad

Teaching Your Teen How to Use a Pad

It’s important for girls to understand the changes they can expect from puberty, including how to manage menstruation, before they begin puberty. Educating tween girls about pads and tampons before they need them helps them adjust more comfortably to the changes of puberty and remain confident during what can be a difficult phase of growing...

Will endometriosis affect my ability to have children?

Will endometriosis affect my ability to have children?

Doctor’s response The mechanism for impaired fertility may involve both anatomic distortion from pelvic adhesions, endometriomas, and the production of substances (for example, prostanoids, cytokines, and growth factors) which are “hostile” to normal ovulation, fertilization, and implantation. There has been a long-running controversy regarding how endometriosis might be related to infertility. Endometriosis is more common in infertile compared to fertile women, but the condition usually does not fully prevent conception....

What does the color of my period blood mean?

What does the color of my period blood mean?

The color of a person’s period blood can relay vital health information. For example, orange or grey blood can sometimes indicate a vaginal infection. During menstruation, the body sheds tissue and blood from the uterus through the vagina. This bloody discharge can vary from bright red to dark brown or black depending on how old...

How to wash your vulva correctly

How to wash your vulva correctly

Almost every part of a woman’s anatomy has become fair game when it comes to body-shaming, but there’s one area that gets more attention that most: our genitals. You don’t, for example, have special soap made to wash arms, or toes, or necks. As far as we know, people are not going out of their way to sell...

Your feminine hygiene products can do more harm than good

Your feminine hygiene products can do more harm than good

Vaginal hygiene products have been used by 95 percent of Canadian women, but they likely do more harm than good, according to a University of Guelph study. The first-ever study revealed that women who use these products are three times more likely to experience some type of vaginal infection. In some cases it may be...

Teens taking oral contraceptives may be at increased risk for depressive symptoms

Teens taking oral contraceptives may be at increased risk for depressive symptoms

Summary: Investigators report that there was no association between oral contraceptive use and depressive symptom severity in the entire population they studied (ages 16 through 25). However, they found that 16-year-old girls reported higher depressive symptom severity compared with 16-year-old girls not using oral contraceptives. Ever since birth control pills first became available, researchers have...

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