1. Painful Periods and When it May be Serious
Maggie Fox with Today.com writes that painful periods are more likely in teens than in older women and it is important to include your doctor in the conversation around dysmenorrhea, or menstrual pain. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that when a teen girl hits the age of 15 they should see a gynecologist to discuss important topics such as periods, hygiene, how to have safe sex, and how to use a tampon correctly. Teens talking with their gynecologists about period pain can also discuss treatment options including anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen, and the use of a hot pad. It is important to know that if a teen is still in pain after medication, it could mean something more serious, such as endometriosis.
Read the article here.
- If your teen is experiencing painful periods that is keeping them home from school or doing normal activities, or if they do not get better with over the counter medication, it may be time to take them to a gynecologist.
- Ask your teen what they know about gynecologists – what a gynecologist does and when a woman might need to talk with one.
- As your tween/teen ages, they may have specific questions about periods that are totally normal. Considering reading our previous blog post about period preparedness with your tween/teen.
- If your tween/teen is experiencing painful periods that is keeping them home from school or doing normal activities, or if they do not get better with over the counter medication, it may be time to take them to a gynecologist to speak with a doctor.
2. Communication between Fathers and Sons Regarding Condom Use
How important is it that fathers talk with their sons about condoms? A recent study published in Pediatrics by Vincent Guilamo-Ramos found that fathers often give vague messages to their sons about condom use, while sons wanted specific guidance on how to use condoms.
Read the original study here.
- Talk to your teen about condoms and ask them what they think about condoms.
- Talk with your teen about safe sex and the various benefits that condoms have, including: pregnancy prevention and protection against sexually transmitted infections.
- You may decide to direct your teen to the Planned Parenthood page of how to use a condom and the step-by-step information they provide by video.
Planned Parenthood: How to put on a condom.
- Explore what your tween/teen son knows about puberty, sex, how pregnancy happens, what sexually transmitted diseases are. Talk with them about the things they don’t know much about. They are definitely hearing about these things from peers, music, TV and movies. Make sure they know these basics before talking about condoms.
- If your tween/teen is knowledgeable the general topics mentioned above, explore their knowledge about condoms and how they can prevent both pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
- Ask your tween/teen son what they already know about condoms. If they don’t know what condoms are, explain it to them. Psychology Today has a helpful resource how to start the conversation about condoms and what they are, find the resource here.
- Talk with your tween/teen son about safe sex and the various benefits that condoms have, including: pregnancy prevention and protection against sexually transmitted infections.