When Should an Adolescent See a Gynecologist?

When Should an Adolescent See a Gynecologist?

While many parents make sure their kids stay up to date with their routine wellness visits with their pediatrician, it’s also important for adolescent girls to see a gynecologist.

At The Guirguis Obstetrics & Gynecology Group, the experienced OB/GYNs specialize in adolescent and teenage care services to address the unique needs of the younger generation.

In this post, we provide some insight into when you should schedule your daughter’s first gynecology visit.

The importance of adolescent gynecology care

Preventive gynecology care is important for adolescents and teens for several reasons:

Establishing a foundation

One of the primary reasons girls should start seeing a gynecologist early is to establish a reliable, trusting relationship with our medical providers.

Young girls can be wary or frightened about their first gynecological visit. However, we specialize in caring for adolescents and teens and take a compassionate approach to ease any anxieties your child may have.

This foundation sets the stage for your child to learn about the importance of preventive care and encourages them to keep up with their annual gynecology appointments.

Menstrual cycle irregularities

Girls today are getting their periods early, often when they are as young as age 11. Because monthly menstrual cycles can be irregular at first, it’s important that girls visit with a skilled gynecologist to ensure everything is OK.

Many menstrual irregularities are a common part of development. However, in some cases, heavy periods or other issues may be a warning sign that something else is going on with a girl’s reproductive health.

Sexual activity

It can be difficult for parents to know when their child starts becoming sexually active. But in order to prevent unintended pregnancies, it’s important that you start an open line of communication about sex with your daughter at an early age.

In addition to pregnancy concerns, girls also need resources to prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and urinary tract infections.

When to schedule your child’s first gynecology appointment

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that adolescent girls see a gynecologist for the first time between ages 13-15.

Your child may need an early visit if they begin menstruation at a younger age, especially if they have concerns about their period. A gynecology appointment is also essential when your child becomes sexually active at an earlier age.

What to expect during the first gynecology appointment

Often, girls won’t need to have a pelvic exam at their initial consultation. Our providers focus on reviewing your child’s health history, performing a regular physical exam, and answering any questions your daughter has about her reproductive, sexual, or general health.

We can also start a conversation about safe-sex, peer pressure, and other issues that impact a young girl’s life.

If your child does have problems with her period or has already been sexually active, we may recommend a pelvic exam and STD testing during the initial visit. We may also perform other diagnostic testing if your daughter is experiencing unexplained pelvic pain or other unusual symptoms.

Our goal is to help your child become comfortable with their visits and also open a line of communication about their sexual and reproductive health.

To schedule your child’s first gynecology consultation, book an appointment online or over the phone with The Guirguis Obstetrics & Gynecology Group today.

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