The teenage years are a very special phase. Young girls are curious to understand their changing bodies. They have many questions and are seeking answers. These answers go a long way in building her confidence and a positive attitude towards the physical change that she will experience.
In our teenage counseling program, we conduct an informative counseling session in an open-friendly atmosphere. The young girl is informed about the normal body anatomy, physiology and the menstrual hygiene. Healthy habits regarding diet & exercise are promoted. Young girls have many misconceptions and myths regarding menstruation. Some of the common ones are questions like why one cannot go to the temple during periods and why should one not swim during periods? We address these whilst respecting the social/religious sentiments. Puberty & menarche are important milestones in a girl’s life. It is now the time to prepare her for womanhood. Sexual education is important subject and needs to be handled well. Professional expertise is valuable in addition to the role of parents, teachers & peer educators. In our counseling sessions we provide information on various issues such as how one gets pregnant, how to prevent pregnancy, what are sexually transmitted infections, and safe sex.
Pain during periods is the commonest reason for approaching a doctor and it can be very distressing. It may be severe enough to affect daily routine of the young girl. It is easily treated with simple analgesics, exercises & hot fomentation.
Acne, hirsutism, delayed or irregular periods, vaginal discharge, itching are some of the common problems for which a teenager may seek medical help.
Heavy prolonged periods are common during the first few years after menarche. Young girls occasionally become anemic due to heavy periods. Therefore it is vital to identify them. They may need not only haematinics but also hormonal medication to control the situation.
It is not uncommon for the youth to indulge into sexual activity. It is imperative that they are well informed so that they can practice safe sex. Contrary to popular belief, providing information does not promote promiscuity. Teenage pregnancy is no longer uncommon. In such situation professional advice is given in a sensitive manner and confidentiality is respected. Legal Abortion is provided.
Youth of today are not uninformed but are misinformed. We aim to provide accurate scientific information and care in an unbiased, youth friendly atmosphere.