Going to the gynecologist is an important healthy lifestyle practice for teenage girls. Young girls should start seeing gynecologists between the ages of 13 and 15, or after they start having their periods, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Women’s Care Florida offers comprehensive services for every age and stage of life, including well woman visits and annual exams.
Our physicians understand that you might feel nervous, anxious and curious about what takes place during routine appointments. This is normal, but knowing about what happens at the gynecologist can help you relax and feel more at ease for your first appointment.
We asked our experts about the common topics typically discussed at your first appointment. Here’s what they had to say:
Menstruation and periods
The behavior and patterns of your menstrual cycle can reveal a lot about your health. Your gynecologist may ask how often your periods occur, how long they usually last and whether bleeding is heavy or light.
Your overall health plays a role in your hormones and reproductive system, including your menstrual cycle. Your gynecologist may inquire about your daily energy levels, lifestyle habits and moods.
Contraception and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
Your gynecologist may speak with you about contraception options and STDs, even if you’re not sexually active. Most public schools begin discussing these topics with students at the age of 10, but you can mention concerns to your parents or staff if you feel uncomfortable discussing these topics with your doctor.
Teenage girls now have more vaccination options than ever, including those that help protect against human papillomavirus (HPV), tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. Ask your gynecologist to discuss these vaccines and other available vaccines that can help lower your risk for disease.
Most gynecologists start performing pelvic exams after you’ve turned 21, have become sexually active, or are experiencing discharge and pain. A pelvic exam allows your doctor to examine your female organs and check for gynecological problems.
Women’s Care Florida wants to make your first visit to the gynecologist as positive and comfortable as possible. Contact us today to schedule your first appointment, and to learn more about our women’s health services.