A visit to the gynecologist may seem overwhelming and scary to a young woman. However, our specialists in the Division of Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology are experts at making young minds feel at ease. Having doctors and nurses who understand the needs of younger generations can make the difference in how successful a patient/physician relationship becomes. And can also go a long way toward helping girls establish a healthy lifestyle at a young age.
Common conditions treated
Every year in the United States, human papillomavirus (HPV) causes 33,700 cancers in men and women. HPV vaccination can prevent most of the cancers from ever developing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all children 11-12 years old should get two shots of HPV vaccine six to 12 months apart. This can be done at an OB/GYN provider’s office.
If you have questions or concerns about the HPV vaccine, visit the CDC’s web page on HPV vaccines to learn more.
According to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, girls should have their first gynecologic visit between ages 13-15 years. Although most young women don’t need to have a Pap test until they are 21 years old, there are at least 21 reasons you should see a gynecologist before age 21.
1. Stay at a healthy weight and feel good about your body.
2. Start good habits for healthy bones.
3. Check for urinary tract infection and received treatment if needed.
4. Treatment for vaginal itching, discharge, or odor.
5. Abdominal or pelvic pain that persists.
6. Concerns regarding anatomy or puberty.
7. Learn if your periods are normal.
8. Get relief if your periods are painful.
9. Find out why your periods are too heavy.
10. Find why periods are too close, too far apart or why you bleed between periods.
11. Learn ways to deal with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) problems.
Sexuality and Relationships
12. Have safe and healthy relationships with partners.
13. Know when a relationship is threatening or harmful.
14. Think things through before having sex for the first time.
15. Learn about safe sex.
16. Get birth control so you can choose to become pregnant when the time is right for you.
17. Plan ahead for a safe and healthy pregnancy.
18. Be tested for pregnancy.
Sexually Transmitted Infections
19. Protection from sexually transmitted infections & human immunodeficiency virus.
20. Get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.
21. Get tested for STIs and HIV if you are already sexually active.