UAMS Adds Second Girlology Puberty Session on Oct. 8

By Yavonda Chase

The sessions are for girls ages 8-14, accompanied by a parent or other caregiver, and are intended to help tween and teen girls face puberty with greater confidence.

Two sessions will be held Oct. 8 in the 12th floor auditorium of the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute on UAMS’ Little Rock campus. The session times are:

  • 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • 2–4:30 p.m. – SOLD OUT

During Girlology, attendees will learn about growth and development; bras and bra shopping; hygiene and hair management; nutrition and growth; menstruation and menstrual hygiene; respect for self and others; moods and emotions; and internet safety and curiosity.

The 2.5-hour course will be taught by UAMS physicians from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology — Nirvana Manning, M.D., department chair and professor; Laura Hollenbach, M.D., associate professor who sees patients at UAMS and Arkansas Children’s; and Kathryn Stambough, M.D., assistant professor in the department’s Division of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology who sees patients at Arkansas Children’s.

“Puberty can be a scary time, and often parents and guardians don’t know the best way to talk to their children about it. Our goal is to have physicians provide medically accurate information, create a shared experience and keep the lines of communication open in the future,” said Manning.

The cost is $30, although scholarships are available for those who need it.

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UAMS held its first Girlology session in August 2022. Approximately 220 girls and their accompanying adults attended the inaugural event. Since then, several more sessions have been held, including one in Northwest Arkansas on Sept. 17.

“We are so excited that the program continues to grow,” said Manning.

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