Ages 13–18 Years: Health Topics

At your annual health care visit, you and your health care provider may discuss the following health issues:

Sexuality

Changes in your body
Waiting to have sex
Sexual behaviors that can put you at risk of pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases
Contraception, including emergency contraception
Preventing sexually transmitted diseases (such as using condoms)
Internet and phone safety

Fitness and Nutrition

Physical activity
Nutrition (including eating disorders and weight concerns)
Important vitamins and minerals (such as folic acid and calcium)

Risk Factors for Heart Disease

Family history of heart disease
Personal risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, and diabetes
Personal history of preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, or pregnancy-induced hypertension

Your Relationships and Mental Health

Depression and suicide
Family relationships
Sexual orientation and gender identity
Your personal goals
Behavioral and learning disorders
Emotional, physical, and sexual abuse by a family member or partner
School experience
Relationships with friends
Acquaintance rape prevention
Bullying

Other Topics

Use of complementary and alternative medicine
Hygiene (including dental hygiene and fluoride supplementation)
Injury prevention: exercise and sports safety, weapons and firearms safety, occupational and recreational hazards, protecting your hearing, helmet use
Safe driving practices: seat belt use, no distracted driving or driving while under the influence of substances
Skin exposure to ultraviolet rays
Tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use
Piercing and tattooing

 

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