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When should your daughter start seeing a gynecologist?

You’ve been seeing the same gynecologist for years; you feel comfortable with her and trust her. Is she right for your 13-year-old daughter’s first gynecologic visit? Whether your daughter lets on or not, you can be sure she is nervous about her first visit. You may feel clueless about what’s going on with her. She […] Read More »


What puberty looks like

Puberty is a process that happens slowly over several years. It can be hard to tell when it’s beginning or when to expect changes. The outward signs are the easiest to recognize and provide a guide to where a girl is in the process. The age ranges in this graphic are average and every girl […] Read More »


When does puberty start?

Puberty is happening earlier in life for many boys and girls. Knowing what to expect during this milestone time in your child’s life can help you be prepared as a parent. When they have questions about their life changes, you’ll be ready to help. Girls typically go through puberty from 8 to 13 years old, […] Read More »

Avery Richardson spina bifida

Monthly spina bifida clinic coordinates care

Avery Richardson turned 3 in December, but the Shelbyville, Kentucky, girl has already been through more than most kids. Avery has undergone six operations, including two in the days immediately after her birth. Avery has spina bifida, a birth defect that causes the structure enclosing the spinal cord to fail to form properly in the […] Read More »

The stages of girls' puberty

Is my daughter going through puberty?

Every girl goes through puberty at her own pace, but it usually happens slowly over several years. It’s often hard to tell exactly when it begins or when to expect changes to happen. However, there are some outward signs you can watch for. “The age ranges in this graphic are average and every girl is […] Read More »

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Does My Teen Have PCOS?

Acne. Hair growth. Irregular periods. Weight gain. Sounds like the usual issues teen girls deal with during puberty. Maybe — but not always. These also can be symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS. When acne, hair growth on the face and body, and weight gain are excessive, this common hormonal disorder could be to blame. […] Read More »

Pads, tampons, school, life: You got this!

As a teen girl you’ve got a lot of things on your mind. But your period doesn’t have to be one of them. Here are some answers to common worries among girls who are getting the hang of menstruation. What if my period starts while I’m at school? For the first few years after you […] Read More »

Family adopts to save baby with cancer

Hal and Shelly White have always taught their four children to be loving and Christian-minded, sharing their kind hearts with members of their community, church and school. One Sunday in 2009, the White family attended church services that would ultimately change their lives. The sermon talked about orphans who were displaced in Haiti following the […] Read More »

Beyond Birth Control

Your teen’s doctor just suggested the birth control pill. Before you mutter “I don’t think so,” hold on a minute. There might be a good reason — a medical reason — and it doesn’t mean your teen is going to go out and start having sex. Teen girls often go on the pill (or another […] Read More »

Talking to Your Teen About STDs

Talk to a teenager about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and if they don’t immediately shy away, they will likely offer a variety of answers. It turns out that many teens, and even adults, don’t know much about STDs until they get one. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are 19 […] Read More »

To My Daughter: All About Your Period

Maybe you’ve already started talking to your daughter about menstruation. Maybe you’re wondering where to begin. Or even when to begin. Because girls are starting to menstruate at an earlier age than when we were young, it’s best to start talking about it by age 8, spread it out over several smaller conversations. Most girls […] Read More »

Talking to your kids about sexual health

Growing up in today’s world is a lot different than when I was younger. The Internet is an infinite universe of “anything goes.” It is no wonder boys and girls are being exposed to sexual behaviors much earlier than even a couple of decades ago. It is important to initiate conversations about puberty and sex […] Read More »