Teens Have Questions, You Need Answers

Physicians' groups can help

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(HealthDayNews) -- While teenagers of both sexes have fears and concerns about the changing nature of their maturing bodies, girls are more likely to get to address their questions and concerns to a doctor -- during visits with an ob-gyn.

Just as parents should have clear, uncomplicated answers for their son, they should ensure that their daughter knows what to expect at her first ob-gyn appointment.

A parent may even want to pre-consult with the doctor, to ensure the physician knows how comfortable the girl is with the changes she's experiencing, and with the nature of an ob-gyn exam.

The parent may even want to seek from the doctor a copy of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' Patient Education Pamphlet, which provides most of the early answers a teen needs.

Alternatively, separate publications available from the American Academy of Pediatrics (http://www.aap.org/) can answer girls' and boys' questions and help make them more comfortable with physical and emotional changes they're experiencing.

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