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American Red Cross Month


 Your Daughter's First Period


Women's History Month


Healthy Living: Regrets


Mind/Body Workshops


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The earliest reference to a woman in medical science is Merit Ptah. Mentioned in an Egyptian inscription from 2700 BC, her title was "chief physician." The works of ancient Greek historian Homer also mentions a woman named Agamede, who he recorded as being a healer in the time leading up to the Trojan War.
March 20th marks the first day of Spring! We welcome this season of new beginnings and look forward to the warmer weather.

In this issue of our newsletter, we highlight American Red Cross Month and things you can do to support the cause. We provide an article on a daughter's first period and information and tools to understand this important transition.  In addition, we bring attention to Women's History Month. In our Healthy Living section, we share an initiative about regrets and how to use those learnings to positively influence your future. We also remind you that the Mind/Body workshops continue through March. The response to these workshops has been fantastic and many patients find it very valuable. And, you'll find a new interesting "Medical Fact". 

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National Red Cross MonthRedCross
A Message From The Red Cross:
Every eight minutes, the American Red Cross brings help and hope to people in need. Whether you donate funds, donate blood or volunteer, the Red Cross depends on the support of others to make a difference in communities across the country.

Each year, the president of the United States proclaims March "Red Cross Month." The Red Cross uses this month as a chance to honor and celebrate the everyday heroes who help them fulfill their mission.

Dr. Rubino is very passionate about the Red Cross organization. As a long standing board member, he has devoted much of his time and commitment to the cause.

This March, the Red Cross encourages you to uncover your inner hero and support your local chapter. For ideas on how to do help, click here.

On Thursday, May 12, 2016, The Red Cross is hosting its annual gala at Mayfair Farms in West Orange, New Jersey for Celebrate Red! The will honor New Jersey heroes who are strengthening the foundation and supporting the growth of Red Cross services in our communities.

Enjoy an evening with friends and colleagues over delicious cocktails and cuisine, live music and dancing, and a fabulous auction - all in the warm, historic setting of Mayfair Farms. For information click here.

Her First Periodfirstperiod
Getting your first period can be a confusing time. This natural passage during      puberty may cause fear of the unknown for a young woman and may also be a difficult transition for a mother. Having the conversation about a first period prior to the first event can alleviate fear and help with feeling prepared.
Following is an excerpt from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) for guidance during this time of transition:
What is a menstrual period?
When puberty begins, your brain signals your body to produce hormones. Some of these hormones prepare your body each month for a possible pregnancy. This is called the menstrual cycle. Hormones cause the lining of the uterus to become thicker with extra blood and tissue. One of your ovaries then releases an egg. This is called ovulation. The egg moves down one of the two fallopian tubes toward the uterus.
If the egg is not fertilized from a man, pregnancy does not occur. The lining of the uterus breaks down and flows out of the body through your vagina. The discharge of blood and tissue from the lining of your uterus is your menstrual period.
When will I start my period?
Most girls start their periods between the ages of 12 years and 14 years, but some start earlier or later.
How long do periods last?
When you first start having your period, it may last only a few days. Your first few periods may be very light. You may only see a few spots of reddish brown blood. Anywhere from 2 to 7 days is normal.
How often will I get my period?
A menstrual cycle is counted from the first day of bleeding in one month to the first day of bleeding in the next month. The average menstrual cycle is about 28 days, but cycles that are 21-45 days also are normal. It may take 6 years or more after your period starts for your cycle to get regular.
Why is it a good idea to track my period?
If you do this every month, you may notice a pattern. It may become easier to tell when you will get your next period. Check online or on your smart phone for apps that can help you track your period.
How can I track my period on a calendar?
To track your period on a calendar, mark the first day your bleeding starts on a calendar with an "X." Put an X on each of the following days that you have bleeding. Count the first "X" as day 1. Keep counting the days until you have your next period.
What personal care products are available for me during my menstrual period?
Pads are used to soak up the menstrual flow. Tampons and menstrual cups catch the flow from inside your vagina. Pads, tampons, and menstrual cups can be used at different times. Some also can be used together.
How are pads used?
Pads are worn inside your underwear to collect your menstrual flow. They come in different sizes, styles, and thicknesses. Some have extra material on the sides called "wings" that fold over the edges of your underwear to help keep the pad in place and give better protection. A thinner, shorter version of a pad is a "panty liner." Some girls wear panty liners on the last days of their periods when the flow is light or on days when they think their periods will come.
How often should I change my pad?
Change your pad at least every 4-8 hours or whenever it seems full or feels wet and uncomfortable. Some girls change their pads each time they urinate.
How are tampons used?
Some tampons have a plastic or cardboard applicator tube that helps slide the tampon in place. Some tampons do not have applicators and are inserted with just your fingers. A short string attached to the end of the tampon hangs out of your vagina to help you remove it later.
How do I choose a tampon?
Just like pads, tampons come in different sizes for heavier and lighter periods. The tampon package will tell you how much fluid it will absorb. A "super" tampon, for example, is thicker and is meant for heavy flow. A "slim" or "junior" tampon is slender and is meant for lighter flow.
How often should I change my tampon?
You should change your tampon at least every 4-8 hours. Leaving a tampon in for a long time has been linked to toxic shock syndrome. When your flow is heavier, you may need to change it more often.
What are menstrual cups?
Menstrual cups are made of plastic or rubber. They are inserted into the vagina to catch the menstrual flow. You remove and empty the cup every 8-12 hours. Some cups are used only once and thrown away. Others can be washed and reused.
Does having a period cause pain or discomfort?
Some girls have a cramping pain in the lower abdomen or back or breast tenderness just before and during their periods. Some girls get headaches or feel dizzy. Some get nausea or diarrhea.
To help ease cramps, you can try the following:
  • Take ibuprofen or naproxen sodium (if you do not have an allergy to aspirin or severe asthma). Always follow the directions on the bottle about how much to take.
  •  Exercise.
  •  Place a heating pad, heat wrap, or other source of heat on your abdomen or lower back.

If you are experiencing an unusual amount of pain, see your doctor.


What is amenorrhea?
Amenorrhea means not having a period. It is normal for some girls not to start their periods until age 16 years. However, your doctor may want to see you if you have not started by age 15 years. You also should see your doctor if you have started your period but it then stops for more than 3 months.
What if I am having heavy bleeding?
If you are bleeding so much that you need to change your pad or tampon every 1-2 hours or if your period lasts for more than 7 days, you should see your doctor. See your doctor right away if you are light-headed, dizzy, or have a racing pulse.
What if I have irregular periods?
You should tell your doctor if your periods are usually regular but then become irregular for several months. You also should see your doctor if your period comes more often than every 21 days or less often than every 45 days.
Do I need to see a gynecologist when I get my first period?
Not necessarily. If you have a regular transition to your period, it is simply a natural life occurance and does not need to be monitored. If you have concerns with your period on the flow, frequency or pre-menstrual symptoms, you can make an appointment with your gynecologist. 
If you have any extreme symptoms, you should make an appointment with your doctor.
Women's History MonthWomensHistory
March is Women's History Month where we nationally recognize and pay   tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society.
About Women's History Month
Women's History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as "Women's History Week."  Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as "Women's History Week."  In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women's History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as "Women's History Month."  Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women's History Month.  Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as "Women's History Month."  

This month is a great time to reflect on the many achievements and strides women have made over the decades.
Healthy Living: Do You Have Any Regrets?healthyliving
We often find ourselves perpetually busy. We have work, our kids activities, house chores, meetings, social media to keep up with... and time just starts to fly by.
If someone were to ask you at this very point in your life, "Do you have any regrets" - what would you answer?
A regret is defined as "feeling sad, repentant, or disappointed over something that has happened or been done, especially a loss or missed opportunity."
This following video by Mark Simone asks that very question to strangers walking on the streets of New York City. The answers may be diverse, yet there seems to be one common denominator.
Where do you go from here? It's never too late to make things happen. This could be your ideal year. 
Mind/Body Workshops Through March 15thworkshops
Primary Care Physicians Group, led by Dr. Susan Rubino, is running a 6 week mind/body workshop starting February 9th. The workshops are open to the public to attend as many as you would like. To register visit:
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