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I recently asked a room full of 5th and 6th graders to anonymously write down what they had heard about sex from their friends or parents. Although a few wrote, “nothing,” the rest had heard plenty. 

Some of their (mostly inaccurate) reports were about “how” sex happens, “the dude touches the lady with his penis.” But most of the others reported soundbites like, “You have to use a condom” or “You can get AIDS.” Then there was one that made me want to cry, “Boys like it but girls don’t.” Do you see how much they need real sex ed?!

So if your child is beyond elementary school age, whether you think she’s old enough to know about sexually transmitted infections or not, she has probably already heard more...

Answers to common questions and concerns we hear from parents about the HPV vaccine

HPV vaccination is recommended anytime between ages 9-26, but it's specifically targeted at girls AND boys ages 11-12. Many...

Dr. Amy Cooper, Girlologist and Gyn Cancer Specialist, shares an emotional story of diagnosing cervical cancer and taking her son to get vaccinated. It's about cancer and cancer prevention.

 

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She has almost no expression on her face the first time I meet her. She is so reticent that I can’t be certain if she speaks Spanish or English or both. As it turns out, she speaks both and is more comfortable with English. She has been emergently transferred from an outside ER for vaginal bleeding to the point of hemorrhage. She needs to have a pelvic exam and the hospital room beds don’t have stirrups. My office does. The CT scan in the ER revealed a pelvic mass...

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness month, and it’s also a great time to set goals for the new year. One of my goals is to get my daughter to the doctor for her HPV vaccination series.  Frankly, I had to make it a resolution because it’s so easy to find excuses for putting it off.

Just thinking about waiting at the doctor’s office makes me anxious, and with my work and my daughter’s soccer, basketball and homework duties, it’s hard to make time. But this is an important issue for our tween and teen daughters and sons, and it deserves our attention. Finding the time has been my barrier, but here are some other excuses I’ve heard.

Let met address the most common excuses, and hopefully help you resolve to protect your child...