10 Years of Endometriosis : How it has changed my life

Endometriosis Awareness Ribbons10 years ago I went to the doctor, after having weeks of abdominal pain. The doctor could not figure out what was causing my pain, so she asked me to have a Cat Scan. It showed nothing. I went home still in pain and wound up in the Emergency Room the next day. It was the first time I had ever been to the ER. The pain was unbearable. I was admitted to the hospital for five days, and even though I felt better at times, no one could quite figure out what was going on with my body. I was 14 at the time, so was I just going through puberty? Keep reading…

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The Truth About PCOS and Holiday Eating

PCOS BlogThe holiday season is a time of celebration, family, and food. Many teens, especially those with PCOS, may start to worry about holiday eating habits and putting on extra pounds. But please don’t let these worries distract you from enjoying the holidays with your family and friends. The truth is you can enjoy the holidays AND the food! Keep reading…

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Staying Safe on Campus

self defenseAs winter gets closer in New England, the days become shorter and the nights become longer. This means that it gets dark as early as 4:30pm. If you are a college student there are several important safety tips to be aware of especially if you are out and about walking to class, the dining hall or the parking lot. Being a commuter, I know how important it is to remember the following: Keep reading…

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Dealing With Academic Pressure

Asian student writing and thinkingAcademic pressure is something that we all deal with. Ever since I was 14, I have known that I wanted to go to a good college and become a doctor. Sometimes the pressure to succeed seems overwhelming. Many teens feel the same pressure. Getting into college often means participating in extracurricular activities and achieving and maintaining a high GPA. That can bring a lot of pressure and stress into one’s life. I have felt it and still do, even though I am not in high school anymore. Keep reading…

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Keeping Ebola in Perspective

Guinea_Liberia_Sierra_Leone_Ebola_Map_August_8_2014It’s almost impossible to turn on your TV or browse the internet without coming across a headline about Ebola. It seems that a panic has spread across the country; a teacher was asked to stay away from school for 21 days after returning from a trip to Kenya, even though there have been no documented cases of Ebola in Kenya. Two students in NJ who are from Rwanda were asked to stay home from school for 21 days, despite the fact that there have been no documented cases of Ebola in Rwanda. Keep reading…

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The Importance of Healthy Eating

salad_dish_by_sxc.hu-user-Healthy eating can be really hard. Many young people would rather grab a bag of chips than an apple. The reason why many teens suffer from a poor diet is because they either don’t have the time to eat right or because most of the foods that are nutritious aren’t as desirable as a bag of chips. Keep reading…

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Introducing Mirtula!

mirtula croppedHi! My name is Mirtula and I am so excited to be a new member of the team at the Center for Young Women’s Health at Boston Children’s Hospital. I attend Boston University where I am currently studying Health Science and minoring in Public Health. My future goals include getting my MPH and focusing on International Health and ultimately going to medical school. I love to travel and have been to quite a few places, including the Mediterranean, Eastern Europe, and the Caribbean; I am fascinated by different cultures and traditions and hope to see as much of the world as I can before I start my career. Keep reading…

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Lobby Day

Jill & Carly EDC LobbyDayRecently I had the special opportunity to participate in the Eating Disorders Coalition (EDC) Lobby Day in Washington, DC. EDC is an advocacy organization for people with eating disorders whose mission is to improve the recognition of eating disorders as a public health priority at the federal and state level. Lobbying is something people can do to try to influence and educate government leaders about policies on certain issues. Keep reading…

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It’s Complicated

PCOS BlogPCOS has been called: “tricky, complex, problematic” and other adjectives that suggest a kind of mysterious condition. But why? I assume this is because even though polycystic ovary syndrome is fairly common (1 in 10 women have it, and it is the most common cause of infertility) it continues to remain a challenging condition to treat. Keep reading…

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Your Text Can Wait

PLS DNT TXT + DRIVEDid you know that teenagers like us spend about 60 minutes a day on our cellphones? Yeah I know that’s a whole lot of texting, checking our Facebook page and other social media we use. But when is it the right time to put our precious device down? When we’re driving! Keep reading…

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