What... (i.e. camp, dance class, birthday party)
        
 
Pick a NYMetroParents Region: All Regions   Manhattan    Brooklyn    Queens    Westchester    Rockland   Fairfield    Nassau    Suffolk  

Resources

   

BIRTH CONTROL AND THE HPV VACCINE FOR GIRLS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

     Home  >  Articles  > News & Tips
by Kaitlin Ahern

Related: birth control for girls with special needs, hpv vaccine for girls with special needs, contraceptives for girls with disabilities, birth control for kids with disabilities,


Questions about women's reproductive issues aren't always easy to answer, and the issues get more complicated when it comes to young girls with developmental disabilities.

mom and daughter

We take care to make sure our kids are as safe as possible, but the statistics are startling: According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, 50-80 percent of women with disabilities experience sexual violence in their lifetime. When a young girl gets her period for the first time, then, and questions arise about birth control, there’s more to consider than whether or not your daughter plans to be sexually active.

Here, some information to consider before her next doctor visit.

 

Should my daughter get the HPV vaccine?

Human papillomavirus vaccines, such as Gardasil, help protect both girls and boys from HPV infection and cancer caused by HPV. Two HPV vaccines protect girls from the types of HPV that cause most cervical cancer. One HPV vaccine also helps protect both girls and boys from anal cancer and genital warts. HPV vaccines are given to preteens (ages 11-12) as three shots over six months; all three shots are needed for full protection. "I would recommend it for all children," says Toni Lyn Salvatore, M.D., a pediatrician at Greenwich Hospital in Connecticut. "How often can you get a vaccine against cancer?"

 

What are the options for birth control?

Besides preventing unwanted pregnancy, contraceptive medication is useful in getting your daughter’s period on a reliable schedule, Dr. Salvatore says. This can ease the stress around the issue and help parents and child better prepare for the physical and hormonal changes that come with it each month.

If your child is unable to take an oral contraceptive, or if you're interested in learning about a birth control choice that will delay your child's menstruation, ask your doctor about injectable options such as Lupron and Depo-Provera.

 

Are there any risks to my child taking birth control?

If you opt for a birth control option that delays or pauses your child's menstruation, make sure it’s under the care of a gynecologist, Dr. Salvatore says. "Women get their period because they need to shed the uterine lining. It's important that the menses occur—the point is not to stop it but to teach a child how to take care of it."

 

Where can I turn for help?

"Don't be afraid to ask health care providers these questions," Dr. Salvatore says. "It's something you're not going to find on the Internet—other than maybe in support groups—but it's important to have the discussion."

 

Also see:

10-Point Checklist to Prepare for Your Daughter's First Period

 


Be the smartest parent in the 'hood

Receive our weekly highlights newsletter · Over 1,000 local activities

More News & Tips Articles

How to Discuss Your Child's Diagnosis with Your Child
What to Do if Your Child Has Challenging Symptoms but No Official Diagnosis
Study Finds Children With Autism More Sedentary Than Those Without the Disorder
Tips for Eating Gluten-Free at Every Restaurant
Teaching Your Child with Special Needs Difficult Skills

Be a good fellow parent and share this with a friend who would be interested
Email Friend

Local News & Tips Sponsors


Broadway Bound Kids
St. Michael's Church, 225 W. 99th St.
New York, NY
917-300-8554
Belt out show tunes, create scripts, become songwr...

Kitchen Time's Party Place
691 Broadway
Massapequa, NY
516-795-4980
Kitchen Time's Party Place provides childrens' coo...

Chocolateworks
110 Montague St
Brooklyn, New York
718-564-6565
...

Kidville
1183 Wantagh Avenue
Wantagh, New York

Kidville is the #1 place for families with young c...

Ehrenman and Khan Pediatric Dentistry
959 Brush Hollow Road, Suite 101
Westbury, NY
516-333-3033
Welcome to Ehrenman and Khan Pediatric Dentistry, ...
See Our News & Tips Directory

local zones

Nassau

Nassau cont.

Suffolk

Suffolk cont.

Westchester

Westchester cont.

Fairfield

Rockland

Rockland cont.

Queens

Queens cont.

Brooklyn

Brooklyn cont.

Manhattan

Copyright 2015 NY Metro Parents Magazine Site Design: THE VOICE