Christopher K. Quinsey, MD is an OBGYN providing compassionate, thorough and attentive care for women and their health care needs in Lake Mary, Sanford, Longwood, Altamonte Spings, Orlando, and throughout Volusia county.
What is puberty?
When does puberty start?
What changes occur during puberty?
- You grow taller and gain weight.
- Your hips may get wider.
- Your breasts grow.
- You grow hair under your arms and around the vulva.
- Your body odor may change.
- You may get acne or pimples.
- You get your first menstrual period (also called menstruation).
How will my breasts change?
What is menstruation?
When does menstruation begin?
How long do menstrual periods last?
How can I prepare for my menstrual period?
How do pads and tampons work?
How often should I change my pad or tampon?
Do menstrual periods cause discomfort?
How can I ease cramps?
- Take ibuprofen or naproxen sodium (if you do not have an allergy to aspirin or severe asthma).
- Place a heating pad on your abdomen or lower back.
What problems with my menstrual period should I see my doctor about?
- You are 15 years old and have not had a period.
- Your periods were regular each month and then they stopped being regular.
- Your period comes more often than every 21 days or less often than every 45 days.
- Your periods come 90 days apart (even if that happens only once).
- Your periods last more than 7 days.
- Your periods are so heavy that you have to change pads or tampons often (more than once every 1–2 hours).
- You have bad cramps that keep you from doing your regular activities and they are not helped by pain relievers.
When should I begin seeing an obstetrician–gynecologist?
What is acne?
What can I do if I get acne?
Egg: The female reproductive cell produced in and released from the ovaries; also called the ovum.
Fallopian Tubes: Tubes through which an egg travels from the ovary to the uterus.
Hormones: Substances produced by the body to control the functions of various organs.
Menstruation: The blood and tissue that comes from the uterus each month when an egg is not fertilized (also called your menstrual period).
Obstetrician–Gynecologist: A physician with special skills, training, and education in women’s health.
Ovaries: Two glands, located on either side of the uterus, that contain the eggs released at ovulation and that produce hormones.
Puberty: The stage of life when the reproductive organs start to function and other sex features develop.
Sexual Intercourse: The act of the penis of the male entering the vagina of the female (also called “having sex” or “making love”).
Sperm: The male sex cell produced in the testes that can fertilize the egg from the female.
Uterus: A muscular organ located in the female pelvis that contains and nourishes the developing fetus during pregnancy.
Vagina: A tube-like structure surrounded by muscles leading from the uterus to the outside of the body.
Vulva: The external female genital area.