100 Questions & Answers About Your Daughter Sexual Wellness and Development
ForewordONE. BREAST DEVELOPMENTWhat are breast buds?What should I do if one of my daughter's breasts is bigger than the other?What can my daughter do to relieve breast pain?What are signs of breast problems in my daughter?When should my daughter start wearing a training bra?What are some tips for buying my daughter's first bra?How large will my daughter's breasts get?Should my adolescent daughter consider breast implants?TWO. MENSTRUATIONWhat do I need to know about my daughter's first menstrual cycle?When should I expect my daughter to have her first period?What is an average menstrual flow?How does an adolescent girl's period differ from that of an adult woman?Can my daughter become pregnant as soon as she starts menstruating?How frequently will my daughter have periods?When will my daughter enter puberty?What symptoms will my daughter experience during her periods?What body changes accompany menstruation?Why are bladder infections more common in younger girls?Why are preventive health visits important?What menstrual issues should prompt me to take my daughter to a doctor?THREE. SANITARY PADS AND TAMPONSSWhat should my daughter know about sanitary pads?What are the different types of sanitary pads?What are reusable menstrual pads?When should my daughter use tampons?What are the different types of tampons?How can my daughter choose the right tampon?What is Toxic Shock Syndrome?What are the symptoms of TSS?What is my daughter's risk of getting TSS and how can she avoid it?What myths about tampons are circulating on the Internet?Are there helpful tips for inserting tampons?FOUR. HYGIENEWhat can be done to reduce body odor?Should my adolescent daughter use antiperspirants or deodorants?Why is my daughter starting to suffer from acne?As a mother of a daughter entering puberty, what skin care advice can I give her?What causes dermatitis in the genital area?Should my daughter be shaving and waxing?FIVE. YOUR DAUGHTER'S FIRST VISIT TO A GYNECOLOGISTWhat will happen at my daughter's first visit to the gynecologist?SIX. SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASESHow important are condoms in preventing STDs?How common are STD infections?What is chlamydia?What is gonorrhea?What is genital herpes?What is HIV?What is syphilis?What is hepatitis B?What is hepatitis C?What is trichomoniasis?What is molluscum contagiosum?SEVEN. THE HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS VACCINE What are genital warts?What cancers are associated with HPV?How is HPV transmitted?What are the HPV vaccines?What protection do the HPV vaccines provide?Are the HPV vaccines recommended for adolescent girls?What are the side effects of the HPV vaccines?Will insurance pay for the HPV vaccines?What exactly does an HPV infection mean to my daughter?Should my daughter receive the HPV vaccine?EIGHT. BIRTH CONTROLIs my daughter too young for birth control?What are the benefits of abstinence?What is the rhythm method?What is coitus interruptus?What are barrier methods of contraception?How do condoms protect against STDs and pregnancy?What is a female condom?How does a diaphragm work?Are cervical caps similar to diaphragms?What is a contraceptive sponge?What does my daughter need to know about birth control pills?How does a vaginal ring work?Is the contraceptive patch safe and effective?How does Depo-Provera work?What is Implanon?What is emergency contraception?What are the different types of intrauterine devices (IUDs) available?What are the permanent methods of contraception?NINE. THE “SEXUALIZATION” OF YOUNG GIRLSWhat is "sexualization"?What does an adolescent think sex is?Are girls engaging in sex at a younger age?TEN. BODY ARTWhat should my daughter know about tattoos?How are tattoos created?Are tattoos regulated?What can be the health effects of getting a tattoo?How can I make it safer for my daughter to get a tattoo?Can tattoos be removed?What should I know if my daughter says she wants a body piercing?How should the ear piercing process work?Are professional piercers regulated?What should I do if my daughter's piercing site gets infected?What should my daughter know about pubic hair removal and styling?ELEVEN. OTHER ISSUES AFFECTING YOUNG DAUGHTERWhat should I know about eating disorders?What is "cutting"?What are some of the more common psychological issues seen in adolescent females?What are the warning signs for depression in my adolescent?What should I know about the risks of suicide in adolescent girls?How common is alcohol abuse among adolescents?What are the more common forms of drug abuse among adolescents?What are important facts to know about sexual abuse among adolescents?How can I protect my daughter against sexual abuse?