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Teen Girls: Preparing for Visit to Your Doctor

At Family Honor, you learned that our bodies are a gift from God. As you mature, you’re working on developing your total SPICE—Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual, Creative and Emotional—qualities to be a gift to God and others.

Part of developing our Physical Petal is taking care of our bodies through exercise, eating well and regular visits to the doctor. As you enter your teenage years, doctors visits can involve more questions and information than they did when you were younger. It’s important to remember that while doctors know a lot about medicine and health, your mom and dad know the most about YOU.

I remember going to my pediatrician when I was about eleven. My mom had left the room to keep my younger siblings from tearing magazines up in the waiting room. My doctor told me about how I was getting older so if I wanted to ask her questions about sexuality or birth control I could. I was unprepared for this, having only just realized how the whole baby thing worked when my little brother was born.

Here are some things that you should talk about with your mom before your next visit to the doctor.

  • Ask your mom what to expect. You may have heard from your friends or read stories in magazines or on-line, but your mom can fill you in on what will go on with your appointment.
  • If you have questions for your doctor, make a list and go over it with your mom ahead of time. Your family’s medical history can help you understand what to expect.
  • It’s important for your parents to know all the medication you’re taking. Let your parents know everything you take each day. If a coach or counselor gives you something to take, be sure to run it by your parents.

When you go to the doctor, remember that your mom can stay with you the whole time. If your mom’s unable to come, bring an aunt, grandmother or family friend.

Remember, if your doctor suggests things that you’re not sure about, you can go home and talk it over with your parents. You don’t have to make any quick decisions and you can always get a second opinion.

When you go to the doctor, remember that your mom can stay with you the whole time. If your mom’s unable to come, bring an aunt, grandmother or family friend.

Remember, if your doctor suggests things that you’re not sure about, you can go home and talk it over with your parents. You don’t have to make any quick decisions and you can always get a second opinion.


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