The time of your daughter’s first period can be a time of excitement and anxiety. The average age of the first period is 12 ½ years. Before periods occur, there are other signs of puberty to indicate that a young girl’s body is changing. Usually breast development happens 2 years before the first period. Other signs include under arm hair, pubic hair and body odor presence.
It is common for girls to have irregular cycles when they first begin. This irregularity usually works itself out within 3 years. Cycles that are regular from the very beginning should stay regular. Whenever cycles start, it is helpful to write things down on a calendar to determine how often they are taking place and how long they last.
For most girls, periods occur every 21-45 days in the first year, 21-34 days by the third year and last less than 7 days in length. If cycles are persistently irregular, have Full Entry
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I have been asked this question myself numerous times, usually to follow a statement: “I did not realize Texas Children’s Hospital offered this subspecialty, but I am thankful to know about this service.”
A Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecologist is a subspecialist who undergoes further preparation after first completing training in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Specifically, a Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecologist cares for children, adolescents and young women with gynecologic concerns.
These gynecologic concerns may range from ovarian cysts in the neonate to problems with puberty or difficulties with periods. It is possible to care for Full Entry
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Pregnancy is a time of many emotions that change at the drop of a hat. It can also be a time when some women may experience more serious emotional symptoms that need to be treated. Estrogen and progesterone levels approach their highest peak in the last trimester of pregnancy only to fall precipitously after delivery. These hormonal changes are responsible for the mood swings common in late pregnancy and postpartum. The combination of fatigue, fear and hormones can get the better of anyone.
The baby blues affect up to 80% of all women who deliver a baby. Baby blues symptoms are similar to the premenstrual symptoms that many women experience. The blues come on about 3 days after delivery and should go away by 2 weeks postpartum. A mother may feel fearful, irritable and anxious about her responsibilities as a mother. She may complain of moodiness and break into tears for no reason. But she also experiences periods of pleasure and enjoys her new baby. Her appetite is good, and she is able to sleep when the baby sleeps. As a matter of fact, she is desperate for sleep and falls asleep easily.
One of the most frightening things about the baby blues is that many women don’t expect them and aren’t sure what is happening or why. Full Entry
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