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Well Woman Care For Adolescents

First Gynecologic Exam: What To Expect – Gynecological (gyn) exams are an important part of maintaining a woman’s health. But many of us feel nervous about getting an exam, especially for the first time. Whether you’re nervous or just curious about what to expect in your first gynecological visit, the information on this page may be helpful.

Your First Pelvic Exam: What To Expect – Pelvic exams are an important part of maintaining a woman’s health. But many of us feel nervous about getting a pelvic exam — especially the first one — because of the exam’s focus on our sexual and reproductive organs.

Patient Confidentiality and Teenagers: Information for Teens and Their Parents – In Connecticut, patients who are minors are to be involved as much as possible in decisions regarding their own medical care, as long as they have enough information to enable an intelligent choice. In addition, minors in Connecticut have certain confidentiality rights when it comes to reproductive healthcare.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s) – You may have heard lots of discouraging news about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Several of the statistics are particularly alarming, such as this one: One in four teens in the United States contracts an STD or STI every year. To make matters worse, some STIs often have no obvious symptoms.

What is a Nurse Practitioner? Questions and Answers – Laury Berkwitt is a nurse practitioner, which means that she’s a nurse with a graduate degree in advanced practice nursing. Nurse practitioners are allowed a higher level of independence than registered nurses (RNs), and some nurse practitioners work in clinics without doctor supervision. Some, such as Laury, work in practices where doctors are available for consultation if medically necessary.

Contraception & Birth Control – With so many choices available for birth control, it’s important to know the benefits and side effects of each method. Your choice of a birth control is a personal decision, based on your lifestyle, budget and health concerns.