SOURCE: Hygéia

January 29, 2007 08:00 ET

Hygéia Reiterates the Importance of a Teen Girl's First Gynecologist Visit

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 29, 2007 -- Hygéia Personal Care Products, Inc., developer and marketer of innovative feminine care products designed exclusively for young women under the Petite Amie brand, wants to encourage young women to see a gynecologist for their first visit between the ages of 13-15.

In May 2006, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) reaffirmed its recommendation that teenage girls first visit an ob-gyn between the ages of 13 and 15. This initial visit will help teens develop a relationship with their ob-gyn by alleviating fears, and build trust before they need to seek care for a specific health issue.

"We wanted to reiterate this recommendation to young women and their parents states," Toyna J. Chin, Founder and President of Hygéia Personal Care Products, Inc. "Petite Amie is not only a brand that provides young women with the products they need to get them through puberty. It's also a brand, which educates girls along the way to ensure they are getting the right facts. We get so many questions on this particular subject matter from young women via the Ask The Expert section of, that we felt it was important to say it again."

The early teen years are an ideal time for an initial ob-gyn office visit that focuses on screening and preventive health care. "During these years, young teens face new issues regarding sexual and reproductive health and development on a daily basis. It's important that they develop a relationship with their ob-gyn," says Marc Laufer, MD, chair of ACOG's Committee on Adolescent Health Care.

"We've found that it can be uncomfortable for a parent to talk to their daughter not only about what puberty entails, but about specific subject matters such as sexual development. It's even more difficult to deal with the thought of your own child being sexually active," states Ms. Chin. "And, according to ACOG, more than 85% of adolescents become sexually active during the teen years. So, what we'd like to say to parents is, the effort you make to educate and encourage a positive relationship with your daughter now can help her access the appropriate medical care which can go a long way toward helping her stay healthy and safe as she makes her transition into becoming a woman."

About Hygéia

Based in San Francisco, Hygéia develops and markets safe, innovative products for young women (ages 8 to 19) who are entering puberty. The Company provides personal care, intimate hygiene, OTC antifungal and related products, as well as informational resources under the Petite Amie life style brand.

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