It's start with puberty. A young woman's body becomes very unpredictable around this time. Puberty lasts several years, bringing menstruation, hormone changes, hair growth, and larger breasts with it. These are the years that teens first go through new medical procedures, as well, such as the breast exam or Pap smear. Many teen girls suffer from acne and self-esteem problems, too.
Dr. King is here to answer questions teens have about these escalating changes, provide skin care treatments to reduce acne, and talk both mom and daughter through tricky topics such as HPV vaccinations and safe sex.
The HPV vaccine protects against one of the most common viruses out there: the human papillomavirus. It’s an infection that often has no symptoms, but is easily spread through sexual contact. It’s also one of the leading causes of cervical cancer for women. This vaccine protects against four types of HPV, including two that may cause cervical cancer. It’s recommended that girls get the vaccination at around 11-12 years old, but some get it even younger. The goal is to have the vaccination prior to first sexual contact to ensure protection.
The pelvic exam and Pap smear are some of the most necessary medical procedures women of all ages need to get. Getting an HPV vaccine does not mean you can avoid Pap smears. HPV is just one possible cause of cervical cancer. Pelvic exams do more than just provide a Pap smear, too. Dr. King checks for problems with the uterus, vagina, and ovaries, as well. It is a fundamental part of women's health.
There are a number of health problems that are gender-specific. As a women's health specialist, Dr. King screens for different things during a routine exam. Heart disease, for instances, kills both men and women, but the symptoms for women are sometimes different.
Breast cancer tops the list of conditions typically associated with women, although men can get this disease, as well. It is the seconding leading cause of death among women, however, and the risk increases with age.
Yes! If you are sexually active, you should get tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) at least once a year. Sexually transmitted diseases can lead to severe infections and they can impact your fertility permanently.
While always using protection can reduce your risk of STDs, it isn’t foolproof; you still need to get tested. Plus some STDs don’t have any symptoms, so you might be completely unaware that you have one and are spreading it to your partner(s).
Sexually active men and women need to get tested every year for chlamydia, hepatitis B, gonorrhea, and syphilis. More frequent testing is recommended if you have had sexual intercourse with someone who has a sexually transmitted disease, or if you have had multiple sexual partners.
Talk with Dr. King about having an HIV test. The general HIV test recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is at least once in your lifetime. But if you have unprotected sexual intercourse or if you have a partner who is a bisexual male, Dr. King will recommend testing for HIV more often.
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