- Fertility & Reproductive Systems
Sexually Transmitted Diseases Hitting Teens More Than Ever
Fact: "One in four girls has at least 1 STD-- Center for disease control and prevention"
According to Wiki answers and the U.S. Census bureau, we have approximately a teen population of 30 millions. So, there is a chance that from ten adults, one will be in the teen bracket (roughly 10-14 years of age)
A new study on Sexually transmitted diseases ( STD) should certainly grab your attention. One in four girls ages 14 to 19 (sexually active bracket) has at least one STD.
How can you actually keep your teen safe?
It started when they saw your actions toward life. If you didn't talk to your teen girl much, then you are in trouble. Studies show that 2/3 of teens had sexual intercourse before finishing High School, the other 1/3 was bullied or survived sticking to an 'old fashion way,' told us Margaret J. Blithe, M.D., chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
OUR FIRST ADVICE:
Most likely your teen had a pediatrician since he/she got his/her first shot for school. At around age 11 or 12, start asking your family doctor about STDs during a visit with your teen. You Tube has excellent short videos. If a teen wants to talk privately with a doctor, don't get mad, they want to start opening before is too late.
List of common diseases
- HPV-Human papillomavirus
- Herpes (simplex virus)
Some quick facts about STDs
- Chlamydia for ages 15-19 is five times higher in a girl than in a boy, due to internal temperature that helps the bacteria to grow.
- Consequently Gonorrhea rate is as twice as much.
- STD are caused by bacteria, viruses and parasites ( most are silent, so is easy to be a carrier, and spread the disease)
"is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the bacterium, Chlamydia trachomatis, which can damage a woman's reproductive organs. Even though symptoms of chlamydia are usually mild or absent, serious complications that cause irreversible damage, including infertility, can occur "silently" before a woman ever recognizes a problem. Chlamydia also can cause discharge from the penis of an infected man.--- CDC"
Female STD Symptoms
Beware and be ready to check your son's girlfriend. Symptoms include:
- Irritating vaginal discharge (check their behaviour, or pills they are taking)
- Painful pelvic inflammatory disease. As a mother, you know when a girl goes to the bathroom 'too often'
- Menstrual problems. a good sign too. Some have irregular periods as well.
- For us boys: discharge from our penis or that burning sensation when we urinate should flag that date.
Second advice... and third
- Keep the doors open to a down to earth dialogue. Remember as well, that when we were 13 or 14, we were too shy to ask certain questions. Today, they just just text us with that silly question.
- Be savvy enough to tell your daughter, that she is your life, and... well, naturally, will give you your grand.
- Apply similar rules for your boys. The net has information that grows by the nanosecond.
Fact: Chlamydia, if untreated, it can spread into the uterus or fallopian tubes and cause pelvic inflammatory disease. Meaning, if a girl by the age 20 and above, is still infertile...then we allow you to raise your eyebrows. Don't tell her we told you that. That poor 'thing' didn't even know she got infected anyways.