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Pelvic Concerns for Girls & Young Women

From the Show: Health Radio
Summary: It's important to educate girls on how everything works below the belt.
Air Date: 6/16/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Missy Lavender, Founder & Executive Director of the Women’s Health Foundation

Missy LavenderMissy Lavender is the Founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Health Foundation. Missy is a national speaker on pelvic health and has been featured in numerous press outlets, print, radio, and television, recently featured as one of Chicago’s top 100 “Women of Inspiration,” in Today’s Chicago Woman Magazine.

She is the author of two books, You Go Girl...But Only When You Want To! and You Go Girl...But Only When You Want To! Senior Edition and her forthcoming book, Below Your Belt: A Girl’s Guide To Pelvic Health.

A mother of two, Ms. Lavender holds an MBA from Northwestern University.

  • Book Title: Below Your Belt: A Girl’s Guide To Pelvic Health
  • Guest Facebook Account: www.facebook.com/WomensHF
  • Guest Twitter Account: @WomensHF
Pelvic Concerns for Girls & Young Women
Girls can have a lot of trouble below the belt, because it’s tough to discuss what happens in that region.

After potty training, many parents don’t discuss pelvic concerns until menstruation begins. Educating girls early about their pelvic area may help prevent devastating health issues that appear later in life. Peeing, pooping, periods and exercise are important to cover as your daughter ages.

Girls discover their bodies at a very young age, so it's best to start the education early. Make your conversations about the pelvic area "normal" so they are comfortable talking about things that happen. You want your girls to know what can happen before it does.

First, it's important to know the terms for all the parts. This will make it easier to communicate about issues.

Second, your daughter should see the gynecologist for the first time when she may become sexually active or if she's having recurring issues with UTIs and discharge.

Finally, you need to teach her what to expect from her body. It's much better have the facts than to learn through rumors and speculation from peers. Knowing how things work does not prompt your daughter to rush off to have sex. It empowers her.

Listen in as Missy Lavender shares how to help girls understand what happens below the belt.
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