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Our Health Guides for teen girls are full of easy-to-understand information on just about any topic you might be wondering about, from Acupuncture to Zinc! They are written by the dedicated staff of health care professionals and youth advisors here at the Center for Young Women's Health, so that you can learn more about your health — read on!


Nutrition and Fitness Nutrition and Fitness Learn about eating disorders, sports nutrition, vitamins and minerals, healthy eating, and fun ways to stay in shape.
Sexuality Sexuality and Sexual Health The latest information on vaginitis, healthy decision making, contraception, STDs, and more.
General Health General Health and Development Learn about general health and development, puberty and menstruation, how to choose a physician, scoliosis, smoking, staying healthy in college, and more.
Gynecology & Reproductive Health Gynecology and Reproductive Health Info on pelvic exams, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome, vaginal agenesis, cancer, premature ovarian failure, and other gynecological and reproductive health issues.
Emotional Health Emotional Health Learn about how to deal with common problems like stress, depression, friendships, anger management, and more.
For Parents For Parents Information especially for parents of teens and tweens.



Nutrition and Fitness Nutrition and FitnessBack to Top

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Eating Disorders


Healthy Eating

General Nutrition

Sports Nutrition



Eating DisordersBack to Top

Eating Disorders

Causes and Risk Factors

Warning Signs and Symptoms

Health Consequences

What Happens When I Don't Eat?

Preparing for an ED Evaluation

The Treatment Team

Treatment Options


Healthy Eating

Body Image and Self-Esteem


Eating Disorder Myths

Helping a Friend

Additional Resources

Supporting Young Women with Eating Disorders: A Guide for Family Members & Close Friends



FitnessBack to Top

Wellness 101: Fun Fitness and Nutrition

Fun Fitness

My Fitness Plan - Getting Started!

My Muscles: Muscle Anatomy from Head to Toe

Stretch It: A Guide to Healthy Fitness Stretching

Tone It: A Guide to Healthy Fitness Exercises



Healthy EatingBack to Top

Backpack Snacks

College Eating and Fitness 101

Fad Diets vs. Healthy Weight Management

Fast Food Facts

Freshman 15

Healthy Eating

Healthy Snack Attack

How to be a Healthy Vegetarian

Low-Carb Diet Facts

Low Salt Diet

Mindful Eating

The Nutrition Facts Label

Vegetarian Sample Menu



General NutritionBack to Top

Begin with Breakfast



Dark Green Leafy Vegetables


Dietary Fat and Cholesterol


Folic Acid

Gluten-Free Diet Guide for Parents

Gluten-Free Diet Guide for Teens

Gluten and Celiac Disease

Foods to Avoid

Safe Foods

Gluten-Free Labeling

Buying Gluten-Free Foods

Gluten-Free Grocery List

Eating At Home

Eating Away From Home

Gluten-Free Sample Menu

Gluten-Free Recipes



Lactose Intolerance





Sugar Substitutes

Vitamin B12

Vitamin D




Sports NutritionBack to Top

Energy Drinks

Sports and Nutrition: Fueling Your Performance

Sports Nutrition & Fitness FAQs



Sexuality and Sexual Health SexualityBack to Top

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General Sexual Health

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Other Infections



ContraceptionBack to Top



Pros and Cons of Different Contraceptive Methods

Success & Failure Rates of Different Types of Contraceptives

Types of Contraception



General Sexual HealthBack to Top

How to Have a Healthy Pregnancy

Lesbian Health

Making Healthy Sexual Decisions

Talking With Your Partner

Getting Advice & What to Ask

Emergency Contraception

Sexual Orientation

Are You Ready for Sex?



Pregnancy Facts

Pregnancy Tests

Frequently Asked Questions

Talking About Your Pregnancy

Ectopic/Tubal Pregnancy


Unplanned Pregnancy

Continuing Your Pregnancy



Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Gender Identity


Mental Health Issues

Helpful Resources

Talking About Condoms




Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Other InfectionsBack to Top



Hepatitis B



HIV Testing

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Molluscum Contagiosum

Pubic Lice ("Crabs")


Sexually Transmitted Diseases: General Information



Bacterial Vaginosis

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

Vaginal Yeast Infections (Candidiasis)




General Health and Development General HealthBack to Top

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Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)

Common Conditions

First Aid

General Health


Medical Tests/Surgery

Puberty & Menstruation




Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)Back to Top


Deep Breathing Exercises






Common ConditionsBack to Top



Asperger's Syndrome


Common Symptoms

Causes and Triggers

Dealing with Triggers

Exercise Induced Asthma

Getting Diagnosed


When to Get Help

Asthma Action Plan

Living with Asthma


Bad Breath (Halitosis)

Colds and Flu


Signs and Symptoms

Treatment/Getting Better



Symptoms & Early Medical Attention

Exam & Treatment








H1N1 Flu

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Lyme Disease

Milk Allergy


Peanut Allergy

Poison Ivy

Scoliosis: An Overview

Scoliosis and Spinal Deformities: A Detailed Guide

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs): General Information

Sore Throat

Strep Throat


Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)

Whooping Cough & The Pertussis Vaccine



First AidBack to Top

Bug Bites and Stings

Small Cuts and Scrapes

Strains and Sprains


General HealthBack to Top

Backpack Safety

Bike Safety

Body Mass Index (BMI)

Body Odor

Breast Health

What's Normal

Lumps & Bumps

Self Breast Exam

Breast Cancer Risks

Buying a Bra

Measuring for a Bra

Body Piercing

Choosing a Primary Health Care Provider

Who Are Providers?

How to Find a Provider

Health Plans

Providers' Qualifications

Deciding on a Provider



Reproductive Health

Don't Like Your Provider?

When to Visit

Cigarette Smoking

Dental Health

Keeping Your Teeth Clean


Wisdom Teeth


Driving Safety

Becoming a Good Driver

Driving Safety Tips

Car Accidents

Frequently Asked Questions

Evaluating Health Information: A Guide for Healthcare Professionals

Evaluating Health Information

Eye Health

How Your Eyes Work

Eye Exam/Vision Testing

Corrective Lenses



Common Vision Problems

Common Eye Conditions

Protecting Your Eyes

Frequently Asked Questions

Getting Into College: Beyond the Basics

Getting More Sleep

Going to College and Staying Healthy

Alcohol and Drugs

Eating Disorders

First Aid Supplies to Take with Me to College

Health Services and Health Care Providers


Knowing About My Health Before I Go to College

Mental Health

Resources: Hotlines/Websites/Books

Sexual Assault/Rape

Sexual Health

Some Common Health Problems at College

Staying Healthy at College

Survival Tips

Violence/Abuse in Relationships

Hair Removal

Hearing and Music

How to Prepare for a Job Interview

How to Quit Smoking

Indoor Tanning


Juvenile Myasthenia Gravis


Smokeless Tobacco

Sports Nutrition & Fitness FAQs

Sun Safety


Time Management

Tips for Staying Healthy

Transitions: A Guide to Becoming a Young Adult and Changing Health Care Providers

Water Safety

Water Park Safety

Yearly Check-up



ImmunizationsBack to Top

HPV Vaccine: A Guide for Teens

HPV Vaccine: A Guide for Nurses

HPV Vaccine: A Guide for Parents

Meningococcal Vaccine: A Guide for Parents

Meningococcal Vaccine: A Guide for School Nurses

Meningococcal Vaccine: A Guide for Teens

Pertussis Vaccine: A Guide for School Nurses

Whooping Cough and the Pertussis Vaccine: A Guide for Teens

Whooping Cough and the Pertussis Vaccine: A Guide for Parents



Medical Tests/SurgeryBack to Top

DXA Scan

Medical Research in the Clinic Setting


Pelvic Ultrasound

Preparing for Inpatient or "Overnight" Surgery

Preparing for Outpatient or "Day" Surgery



Puberty & MenstruationBack to Top

Breast Development

Menstrual Cramps

Menstrual Periods

Period Products

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)


Removing Pubic Hair

Sports and Menstrual Periods: The Female Athlete Triad

Types of Hymens

Using Your First Tampon

Your First Pelvic Exam



SmokingBack to Top

How to Quit Smoking

Information About Smoking




Gynecology and Reproductive Health Gynecology & Reproductive HealthBack to Top

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Cancer Survivors

Chronic Conditions

General Reproductive Health

Gynecological Issues

Hormonal Treatments for Common Problems

Medical Tests



Cancer SurvivorsBack to Top

Reproductive Questions and Answers for Cancer Survivors

Hormones and Ovaries

Premature Ovarian Failure (POF)

Fertility and Pregnancy

Fertility Treatments

Other Fertility Issues

Sexual Relationships After Cancer



Chronic ConditionsBack to Top

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Premature Ovarian Insufficiency (POI)


Impact of Chronic Illness on College Planning



EndometriosisBack to Top

Endometriosis: A Guide for Teens

Endometriosis FAQ's

Hormonal Therapy Options

Continuous Hormone Pills

Continuous Hormone Pill FAQ's

Coping with Endo Pain

Managing Pain at School

Managing Pain, Activities, and Friendships

Pain and Symptom Tracker

Pain Mapping Worksheet

Endo, Nutrition, and Exercise

Endometriosis and College Planning

Glossary of Endo Terms

Additional Endo Resources

Endometriosis in Teens: A Guide for Friends, Siblings, and Significant Others

Endometriosis in Teens: A Guide for Parents and Guardians

Endometriosis Quiz




Polycystic Ovary SyndromeBack to Top

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): A Guide for Teens

Oral Glucose Tolerance Test

My Period Trackers

PCOS and The Pill

PCOS, Insulin, and Metformin

Spironolactone and PCOS

My Medication List

PCOS Nutrition Guide

Top 10 PCOS Tips

The Nutrition Facts Label and PCOS

Nutrition Labels and Food Shopping Tips

PCOS-Friendly Food Suggestions

Healthy PCOS Snack Attack

Sample PCOS-Friendly Menus

PCOS-Friendly Recipes

PCOS Meal Assessment Worksheet

PCOS Fitness Plan Worksheet

The CYWH PCOS Resource Book

Additional PCOS Resources

PCOS Online Chat


Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) in Teens: A Guide for Parents and Guardians

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) in Teens: A Guide for School Nurses, Health Educators, and Others



Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (POI)Back to Top

Primary Ovarian Insufficiency



MRKHBack to Top

MRKH: A Guide for Teens


Treatment Options

Frequently Asked Questions

Instructions on the Use of Vaginal Dilators

MRKH: A Guide for Parents and Guardians



General Reproductive HealthBack to Top


Types of Hymens

Your First Pelvic Exam



Gynecological IssuesBack to Top

Abnormal Pap Tests


Labial Hypertrophy

Lichen Sclerosis

Ovarian Cysts

Painful Periods (Dysmenorrhea)

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)



Hormonal Treatments for Common ProblemsBack to Top

Medical Uses of the Birth Control Pill



Medical TestsBack to Top


Pelvic Ultrasound



Emotional Health Emotional HealthBack to Top

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Eating Disorders

General Emotional Health

Teen Safety



Eating DisordersBack to Top

Eating Disorders

Supporting Young Women with Eating Disorders: A Guide for Family Members & Close Friends

Sports and Menstrual Periods: The Female Athlete Triad



General Emotional HealthBack to Top

Anger Management

Building a Healthy Body Image and Good Self-Esteem with Facial Differences


Coping with Loss

Counseling and Therapy

Dealing with Divorce and Separation


How to Get Help

Treatment Options

How to Cope

Friendships: A Guide for Teens

Friendships: A Guide for Tween Girls

Why are friendships complicated sometimes?

How can I meet new friends?

How can I hold onto a friendship?

What if my parents don't like my friends?

What if I like my friends but I don't like what they're doing?

Can my best friend be a boy?

How do I choose if I get invited to two parties on the same day?

Healthy Relationships

Making Healthy Sexual Decisions

Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder

Peer Pressure


Self-Esteem & Body Image

Speaking Up for Yourself

Stress and How to Lower It

Test Anxiety



Teen SafetyBack to Top


Safety in Relationships

Safety on the Internet

Safety on the Streets

Suicide Prevention

TeenSafe Project - For Teens, Educators, and Health Professionals



For Parents For ParentsBack to Top

Be There for Teens: A Guide for Parents

Birth Control Pills and Teens: A Guide for Parents

Body Mass Index (BMI): A Guide for Parents, Educators, School Nurses, and Health Care Providers

Depression and Teens: A Guide for Parents


Treatment Options

Coping with Depression

How to Get Help for Your Teen

DXA Scans: A Guide for Parents

Emergency Contraception: A Guide for Parents

Endometriosis in Teens: A Guide for Parents and Guardians

Understanding Your Daughter's Diagnosis

Helping Your Daughter Prepare for an Evaluation

Exploring Treatment Options

Living with Endometriosis

Frequently Asked Questions

Evaluating Health Information: A Guide for Parents

Gluten-Free Diet Guide for Parents

Gluten, Celiac Disease, and Teens

Foods Your Teen Should Avoid

Safe Foods for Your Teen

Gluten-Free Product Labeling

Gluten-Free Food Shopping

Gluten-Free Shopping List

Preparing Gluten-Free Food At Home

Eating Gluten-Free Away From Home

Sample Gluten-Free Menu for Your Teen

Gluten-Free Recipes for Teens

HPV Vaccine: A Guide for Parents

Labial Adhesions: A Guide for Parents

Meningococcal Vaccine: A Guide for Parents

MRKH: A Guide for Parents and Guardians

Accepting your Daughter's Diagnosis

Treatment Options

Taking Care of Yourself

Helping your Daughter

Talking with Siblings

Frequently Asked Questions

Nutrition and Teens: A Guide for Parents

Pertussis Vaccine: A Guide for Parents

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) in Teens: A Guide for Parents and Guardians

Promoting Healthy Weight Gain In Your Underweight Teen: A Guide for Parents

Resources for Health Care Providers

Safety On The Internet: A Guide for Parents

Internet Basics

Usernames and E-mail

IMing and Chat Rooms


Internet Predators

Social Networking Web Sites

Tips for Keeping Your Teen Safe On-line

Helpful Resources

Supporting Young Women with Eating Disorders: A Guide for Family Members and Close Friends

Teens and Sexual Health Myths

Weight Loss Camps: A Guide for Parents


Information for parents of tweens:


Talking to Your Tween about Sexuality: A Guide for Parents

What Your Tween Needs to Know

How to Talk to Your Tween

Helpful Resources




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