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The Adolescence is not only to the endurer but also to the parents and the immediate family.
Challenges in understanding the transitions and accepting them in the right perspective.
Non scientific terms Gen-X, Gen-Y and Gen-Z are used to express the current impatient, tech savvy, smart generation. Being the generation of such evolution, many challenges exist and the generation gaps are widening between the parents and the offsprings.
The transitional phase involves the most primary change of adulthood. Gender differentiation, gender awareness and expression is a natural part of it.
They have hormonal changes at the base of it. Special tropic hormones stimulate the hypothalamus in the brain and the awakening of adolescence happens. This leads to a cascade of hormonal changes in boys as well as girls leading to the typical bodily changes such as increase in height, change in the body contours and development of certain bodily parts.
2. Stabilisation and the right time
These hormones, however have erratic levels which stabilise around the completion of the teen age. Such erratic surges can be stabilised with proper nutrition, physical activity and mind modulation. But if these are not stabilised, several mood changes, anger and sadness in spurts may occur.
Right time is when your body and soul stabilises completely. Time when you and your partner, both are in a position to shoulder the responsibilities towards each other, financially, mentally and physically.
3. Exposure to internet, Videos, Chat rooms have reached bedrooms
Internet has exposed this generation to many eventualities at a very tender age when other things like good career start, friendship, sport, hobbies, good health and confident personality are more important.
Chat rooms, videos have directly taken the younger generation to the bedrooms and the indwelling sexuality where they would have entered when they are able to take it.
What does this ‘able to take it’ mean ? You are not supposed to have sex ?
Of course you are but at the right time(Ref above).
With nuclear families and a self focused existence, everyone says ‘Ma life, Ma ways’.
Absolutely why not, but always at the right time(Ref above).
Sexual act is a beautiful expression of love and not an experiment. And definitely not a casual or forced act.
My generation was told about this by either a knowledgeable aunt or a biology teacher or the biology book of standard 8th.
We felt definitely empowered by the knowledge and knew exactly when and where “not” to indulge and how to protect ourselves. It also could be that, we had many other interests such as studies, sports, dance, music and a huge lot of skills to be mastered and induced into.
4. Career : This is the time you are pursuing your academics and preparing yourself to pick your first career opportunity and make your mark in the professional world.
This is a time when you need to keep a balance.
5. Parents trying to cope up with the young generation
Today with an all working family model and a faster moving pace, younger ones are growing and maturing swiftly.
Parents are not coping up with the same rate as their wards are growing with. The digital media is making matters worse. The parents, as well as the teenagers, are in conflict as to whether they are handling a mature situation.
Also as a parent, doctor, I am much exposed to this growing generation and their behavioral patterns. The generation has become unisex generation and that is welcome in some contexts.
Too much “unrestricted” freedom due to education and travel is observed, not being handled properly. Easy access to everything is making us impatient, with lack of determination and focus, resulting into emotional fragility. We get distracted, depressed and dejected faster.
As a doctor, I am much at the receiving end of young boys and girls getting into the aftermath of this situation both physically and psychologically. Their young bodies bear the brunt of this menace and souls wear the scars. They are scared to displease the opposite partner, fear being rejected by the family and are doubtful about the doctor being judgemental.
It’s nice to have friends from the opposite sex as it helps in better communication skills , understanding of emotional sharing and builds up a good herd culture and a great foundation for future adulthood based on strong life values.
6. Body, mind is delicate and vulnerable. You are maturing. And growing.
Technically speaking in medical terms :
You have a delicate physique, especially during teenage. The hormonal maturation has just started and is not yet complete and therefore the protective immune system is incapable of acting as a shield.
For girls, the genital tract virtually is open into the peritoneal cavity and therefore can cause serious consequences. Unwanted pregnancies have to be lead into abortions and if the pregnancy, unfortunately, happens in the fallopian tube? (instead of the womb), you may need laparotomy or a laparoscopy which is major surgery compared to a medical termination of pregnancy. Parent’s consent is required before undertaking such high-risk surgeries.
This can scar the reproductive tract challenging the future possibilities of childbearing and the scars on the mind are irreparable.
Sex also leads to transmission of serious infections which majority of the youngsters are not protected against. The common microbial infections such as the HIV-AIDs, Hepatitis gonorrhoea, chlamydia etc can be acquired through such acts. These organisms are much smaller than the man’s sperms and easily gain access causing infections which are many a time unnoticed but can compromise one’s reproductive capacity. They can also cause a constant pain, disability which can affect ones daily living.
7. Counselling and Consultation :
All these can be definitely addressed through a “non-judgemental” counseling and consultation.
One can consider individual or if necessary couple counseling with a gynecologist and get proper guidance about intimacy and physical relationships. It’s OK to share your feelings and get pro-active counseling instead of seeing a doctor only when you enter into a situation.
It’s important that the youth gets proper handholding and directions to handle their freedom, indulgences and their consequences.
8. Stay Smart, Stay informed.
Dr. Girija Wagh, MD (Obstetrics & Gynaecology), FICOG, FICP, Diploma (Endoscopy, Infertility), Fellowship of Indian College of Ob-Gynec, Women health care specialist, Academician, Acclaimed Orator & Researcher, B. J. Medical 1990-1992, Topper University Of Pune 1992
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