Posted by: Katherine McCracken, MD FACOG on Aug 18, 2022


The HPV vaccine protects against the viruses that cause cervical cancers and genital warts, as well as some types of anal, mouth and throat cancers. With the HPV vaccine, this generation can substantially reduce their risk of these cancers, some of which are deadly.

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Period Products: What Teens Need to Know

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Managing menstrual flow can be challenging for teens. Thankfully, there are several period products to choose from. Understanding the available options will help you choose the product (or products) that are best for your body and lifestyle. Read More

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Period Problems: 4 Common Menstrual Issues for Young Women

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A girl’s period can add a new challenge to the already-difficult teenage years. Some of these issues can be typical, but others may need to be evaluated by a healthcare professional. Read More

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Irregular Periods, Acne and Facial Hair: Is it Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?

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Polycystic ovarian syndrome – or “PCOS” – is a hormonal imbalance that happens in some girls and women. In PCOS, testosterone, a type of hormone, is higher than normal. Read More

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PMS: Learn the Facts About Premenstrual Syndrome

Nov 08, 2019

Most women of reproductive age experience mild behavioral or physical symptoms a few days before their period. These combined symptoms are considered premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Read More

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Menstruation in Adolescents: The Importance of Using Menses as a Vital Sign

Jul 03, 2019

Adolescence is a time of many new things – including puberty changes and the onset of menstruation. A first period can be an exciting experience, but one that may cause some anxiety for young women and their caregivers. Read More

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Transitional Care in Gynecology: When Should Your Child Switch to an Adult Provider?

Oct 17, 2018

A woman’s first visit to an adult GYN practice is a great opportunity for her to take further ownership of her gynecologic health as she transitions to another stage in her life. An adult GYN provider treats women’s breast and pelvic health issues and associated surgical needs, hormonal issues, pregnancy and postnatal care. Read More

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Menstrual Manipulation for Patients With Disabilities

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Adolescence can be a period of turbulence and transition for both teens and their parents or caregivers. Teens with disabilities—physical, intellectual, or both—also encounter the challenges of adolescence, particularly when it comes to pubertal development, menstruation and sexuality. Read More

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It's Just Cramps - or Is It?

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The majority of young girls have experienced menstrual cramps. Unfortunately, some girls also experience additional symptoms such as pain down the legs, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headaches, worsening migraines and passing out. What happens when medications don’t work? When young girls continue to have pain despite these first-line therapies, it is important to consider that the pain may be more than just cramps. Read More