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Girlology: How to Kick Off a Conversation About Changes In Girls’ Bodies

Blog Girlology: How to Kick Off a Conversation About Changes In Girls’ Bodies

Girls who learn about puberty and the changes that come with it before it happens generally face its arrival with higher confidence.  But starting that conversation can be hard for some parents.  That’s where Girlology comes in.

Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health has partnered with Girlology, a program designed to bring parents and children together for honest conversations backed by medically accurate information, to bring you two upcoming discussions.

Dr. Erin Vilano, an adolescent gynecologist at Riley at IU Health, is the state’s only certified Girlologist and will host the sessions on February 28 and March 13.

The first discussion dives into puberty and is geared toward girls in 4th and 5th grade.

Dr. Vilano says she sees many patients who are worried about being different from their friends.  Explaining that every person’s body develops differently, and that what they’re experiencing is completely normal, helps ease anxiety.

“When we're talking to our friends about puberty, sometimes we don't know all the right information, and it can sound kind of silly,” Dr. Vilano says.

The second conversation covers the topic of reproduction.  It’s designed for 5th and 6th graders.

By this age, most children have heard about sex, whether it’s right or wrong.  An age-appropriate understanding helps protect them from myths and sets the stage for future conversations.

You can sign up for the two sessions at the links below.

Something New About You (Girls & Puberty)
Sunday, February 28 at 2 p.m.
IU Health North Hospital, Carmel, Ind.
Click here to register

Reproduction
Sunday, March 13 at 2 p.m.
IU Health North Hospital, Carmel, Ind.
Click here to register

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