Blog posts by Paula Cody, MD, MPH

More than “No means No” and “Yes means Yes”: A Deeper Look into Consent

Stop what you’re doing right now and go listen to Radio Lab’s recent 3 part series “In the No” (here’s the link to episode 1. Beware, strong language and some graphic detail about sex).  Not often does something leave me speechless. This did. I still am thinking about this weeks after hearing it for the first time. Some aspects made my skin crawl. Some aspects made me question everything I thought I knew about consent.

The year 2017 gave rise to a powerful new movement, the “#metoo” movement. Decades of sexual harassment, abuse, trauma and exploitation are being uncovered and a global reckoning has emerged.  It is a thrilling and important cultural revolution that we are witnessing—the discussions and consequences surrounding sexual harassment and abuse of power have been long overdue. In the midst of stories of sexual violence allegedly (as few have gone through judicial system other than the court of public opinion) perpetrated by high profile public figures (Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, and Kevin Spacey to name a few), there have also been a few stories profiled in popular media which blur the lines between sexual assault and poor communication regarding consent.

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Advice for Teens from the Class of 1998: Watch Your Money

This summer, I had my…ahem…20 year class reunion (Go Fondy!).  Just typing that out makes me feel old. I asked my classmates what advice they would give to teens/young adults currently in high school, and I thought I’d share their wisdom with you.  Since there were so many responses, and some more colorful than others, I have grouped their responses into themes. And since no one wants to read a 10 page blog, I’ll be presenting 1-2 themes each week.  This week’s theme: money.

Class of 1998 Advice:

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Periods: What’s the deal?

Periods. The favorite topic for women everywhere (and a favorite thing to talk about on our blog, since we get asked about them on a daily basis). That time of the month so lovingly nicknamed “a visit from aunt flo”, “crimson tide” (or “surfing the crimson wave” for all you Clueless fans), etc., etc., etc. If advertisements were to be believed, it is the time during every month when women feel like swimming in a white bathing suit or doing gymnastics in white leotards. While this may be the case for some, they aren’t always sunshine and rainbows. So is actually happening during your period? What is normal? When should you talk to your health care provider?

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College Prep: Preparing for Life After Senior Year of High School

A new school year is right around the corner (or has already started in some cases).  College dorm move-in is in full swing (2 pieces of advice: prepare for extra time if shopping at big box stores since these stores are really busy right now, and check out the previous blog on health supplies to bring with you to the dorm). This is also the time of year where high school students come into clinic super stressed about life after high school.  Preparing for college can be a daunting task to any high schooler, especially an up-and-coming junior or senior. Not only do you have to worry about getting or maintaining your grades, you also have to worry about college applications, standardized tests, and even paying for college once you have been accepted. Below are a few tips and tricks to help you get better prepared for your future after high school is over.

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Puberty and Teens with Special Needs: Ensuring a Smooth Transition. Period.

Puberty can be a confusing time for all teens but may present additional challenges for teens with special needs, as well as their families and caregivers. Remember: your teen with special needs will experience the same body changes and hormone fluctuations that others do. No matter how difficult this may be at times, it is another journey you and your child will conquer together. With preparedness and composure, it may even become an exciting time! Here are some tips for navigating this transition:

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