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Teens: Change and Healthy Growth

If you feel that a lot is changing — literally all around you — you're right. The teen years are a time of intense growth — physically, mentally, and emotionally. You may experience shifting moods, be uncomfortable at times with your changing body, and feel both excited and anxious about all the change that's happening.

We want to help you stay on top of your health, and also to know what to expect in the years ahead. That's why we recommend an annual checkup. It's an opportunity to talk about whatever is concerning you — from acne and other skin changes, to hair that's popping up in new places, and whether it's safe to get a tattoo or body piercing. 

This is also the time for an honest talk about sex. We can discuss this at a routine visit, or help to initiate a conversation between you and a parent. There are important topics you should know about including birth control, safe sex, and why teens are at high risk for getting a sexually transmitted disease.

We know some of these topics might be tough to talk about. That includes dating violence, sexual abuse, feeling weird about any kind of sexual advances, or having someone take a nude picture of you. If you have experienced any of these, see us right away.

Don't let shyness or embarrassment keep you from discussing your most intimate issues with us. Whether you want to talk about sexual relations, an unplanned pregnancy, or how you feel about your body, we're here to help.

For more help with difficult issues, the Adolescent Center is available for family-centered treatment. Our staff of physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, and nurse practitioners are highly skilled in issues that arise during the teen years.