Teens can learn healthy habits from parent and pediatric gynecologist

If you have tweens or teens, you’ve no doubt noticed things have changed since you were that age. Maybe you talked about puberty and sex with your parents, or maybe they left it to a pamphlet or health class, or didn’t discuss it at all. Today, what’s recommended is more open communication between parents and teens, according to Stacey N. Nalley, APRN, a pediatric and adolescent gynecology nurse practitioner with Norton Children’s Gynecology.

Norton Children’s Prevention & Wellness and Norton Children’s Gynecology will host a “Girl Talk” parent-daughter class, led by one of Norton Children’s pediatric gynecology specialists.

“Girl Talk”

Thursday, Feb. 21
6 to 8 p.m.

Marshall Women’s Health & Education Center
Norton Medical Plaza 3 – St. Matthews
Suite 108, Classroom B
4123 Dutchmans Lane
Louisville, Kentucky

Seeing a pediatric and adolescent gynecologist, rather than a provider who cares for adult women, can be beneficial for a girl. These providers specialize in gynecological care for girls and teens, and understand how to communicate with children, teens and parents on sensitive topics. Stacey encourages parents to take their daughters to their first gynecology appointment between ages 13 and 15, as recommended by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

The first visit doesn’t have to include a pelvic exam, unless the provider believes it necessary. The main goal of the visit is to build healthy habits that last a lifetime: getting regular screenings and establishing an honest relationship with a health care provider.

Build an open and honest conversation with your child

“Girl Talk” is designed for parents and daughters to start the conversation about girls’ physical and emotional changes during puberty. The class also covers good nutrition and healthy lifestyle habits, including sleep and exercise. It also will be a good opportunity to ask questions about what’s involved with a first gynecological visit — something parents may be nervous about, just as their daughters may be.

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