Health Tips As You Prepare for College
- Menstrual Periods-Are they coming monthly? Do you have cramps that prevent you from going to class or participating in extracurricular activities?
- Sexual Health Issues-Having the opportunity to ask about sexual health issues will make you feel comfortable of your personal choices.
- Abstinence-Is the best way to prevent pregnancy. Know that abstinence is becoming a popular trend among college students.
- Birth Control Options-Knowing all the different types of birth control options can help with period problems and pregnancy prevention.
- Safe Sex-Involves condom use. Do you know the definition of safe sex? Safe sex includes oral sex with a condom, dental dam, vaginal sex with a male or female condom and anal sex with a male or female condom.
- HPV vaccination-HPV is epidemic and found in 80% of women and men. The HPV vaccine has been helpful in reducing the incidence of HPV infections by 70–90%. Ideally the best age to receive this vaccine is prior to becoming sexually active. For this reason, some physicians recommend receiving the vaccine between 11 and 12 years of age.
- Sexual Identity-Questions and concerns about your sexual identity.
- Mental Health-Depression and anxiety concerns. 1 in 5 adolescents suffer from mental health problems.
- Tobacco, Alcohol and Substance Abuse-Using alcohol and drugs can put you more at risk for unplanned and unprotected sex leading to a risk for STI
- Body Issues-Eating disorders. Focusing on eating a healthy and colorful diet.
The emphasis of this visit is on education and developing an honest doctor-patient relationship.
Your first college assignment happens before you leave for school. Becoming empowered, knowledgeable and confident about your body will give you your first college “A” in taking care of your personal health.
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