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Free Guide to Diabetes and Reproductive Health for Girls

Girls have a new resource for understanding the relationship between diabetes and their changing bodies. A free booklet, Diabetes and Reproductive Health for Girls, is now available from the American Diabetes Association. The guide helps girls with diabetes learn about changes in their bodies as they mature. It covers topics such as puberty, menstruation, sex, birth control, and pregnancy.

In terms of diabetes management, changes in hormones and the sexual organs before and during puberty can impact blood glucose levels. And girls may have fears about their ability—someday—to have a healthy pregnancy. Fortunately, research has helped to allay some of those fears.

Researcher Denise Charron-Prochownik, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Nursing and Graduate School of Public Health, received an Association grant to develop a preconception counseling program for teen girls. “We wanted to let them know how diabetes affects pregnancy, how pregnancy affects diabetes, how diabetes affects sexuality—all of the information women need to plan a pregnancy and prevent an unplanned pregnancy,” she says. The new brochure was adapted from that program, READY GIRLS! (Reproductive Health Education & Awareness of Diabetes in Youth for Girls), with permission from the University of Pittsburgh.

For a free copy of the booklet, call the American Diabetes Association at 1-800-DIABETES (800-342-2383).


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