Your teen’s first gynecologist visit is an important step toward setting her on a path to a healthy life.
The most important aspect of that first visit is establishing a relationship with the doctor. This relationship gives your daughter an expert source to answer her questions about puberty and reproductive health and help her better understand how to take care of her body.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends an initial visit between the ages of 13 and 15. However, if you choose not to find a gynecologist for your daughter at that time, you should be aware of some situations that indicate a gynecologist visit is necessary. If your daughter:
In addition to monitoring her reproductive health and any health issues related to puberty, a gynecologist gives your daughter an outlet for any embarrassing questions she may have regarding her health.
Some topics your daughter might have questions about include:
Your teen may not need a pelvic exam at her first gynecologist visit. Talk to the doctor about whether he or she feels it is necessary. A Pap test is not recommended until she is 21 years old.
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