Teen Gynecologist Visit

The First Gynecologist Visit: An Investment in Your Teen’s Health

By: #TakeTime4u

April 05, 2018

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Your teen’s first gynecologist visit is an important step toward setting her on a path to a healthy life.

Primary care provider conversing with her adolescent patient

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:

  • Hasn’t gotten her period by age 15 or within three years of her breasts developing
  • Has irregular periods
  • Experiences severe pain, heavy bleeding or bleeding for longer than usual (typically more than 7 days)
  • Has unexplained lower abdomen pain or pain in the vulva area
  • Has a vaginal discharge that causes burning or itching or has a foul odor

Health Benefits of Visiting a Gynecologist

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:

  • Ways to deal with premenstrual syndrome
  • Which aspects of menstruation are normal and which might require medical attention
  • What causes urinary tract infections and how to treat them
  • How to deal with body image issues

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.

Learn more about our adolescent medicine services, including our doctors who specialize in adolescent gynecology at peytonmanningch.org/adolescent-medicine/.

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