Every year thousands of teen girls have irregular menstrual cycles. Today 1 in 10 women have PCOS – with PCOS often starting in the teen years. Teens may also experience ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, sexually transmitted diseases, yeast infections and much more. So what are some healthy choices for teen health?
Important Steps for Healthy Fertility in Your Teen Years
The tips below will help guide you to making smarter choices prior the beginning of any natural remedies, therapies or supplements.
1, Get to Know, trust and love your body!
Learn about how both the female and male reproductive system function. This will help you to understand what is going on daily and monthly in your body. Remember – KNOWLEDGE IS POWER! You know your body the best! Get to know all of your female parts, be able to identify them properly. Don’t be afraid of your own body. Listen to your body. If you feel something may not be quite right with your menstrual cycle, or if you are feeling any sort of pain in that area, talk to someone about it. Love your body the way it is; for all it does for you!
2. Clear communication is key.
Do you have questions regarding your body or menstrual cycle? Do you think something may be wrong regarding your fertility? What is normal? If you haven’t talked to your parents, or an adult that is close to you, or if you are a parent, it is important to have communication with your teen. Find someone to help support you through the search for answers in regard to your menstrual health. There are adults that can help guide you, give you confidence and a safe place to talk openly. There is no shame in desiring to find answers about your own body.
3. have the courage to ask for help
Once you have someone to talk to, be open, have confidence to ask questions. How else will you get the answers you need if you suffer in silence? Let the person you wish to discuss the issues with know what the problem is. If you are sexually active, be sure to to be open and honest with them about that part of your life as well. Once you are sexually active, you have more responsibility in taking care of and protecting your fertility and menstrual health.
4. Find a healthcare practitioner that you are comfortable with and fits your needs.
Have an adult help you! If you are interested in natural, holistic healing methods, you will need to search for someone trained in those methods. You may first need to see an ObGyn (Obstetrician/Gynecologist) to get regular pap smears/check-ups and to diagnose fertility problems. Your family doctor may also be helpful in diagnosing a fertility problem as well.
In the teen years your body is experiencing rapid hormonal changes, body growth and development. This time of great changes is different for each person. Every person develops at a different rate. Each year may be vastly different from the last.