Girls benefit from having their first gynecologic visit between the ages of 13 and 15. At this visit, you can ask questions and undergo a comprehensive exam, but at OBGYN Westside, PLLC, it usually doesn’t include a pelvic exam until you need one. Teens on the Upper West Side of New York City can take advantage of the expert adolescent gynecology services offered by a caring and compassionate staff. Call to schedule your care or book an appointment online.
Your first visit to a gynecologist can help assuage any anxiety related to pelvic exams and sexual health. You develop a rapport with a doctor early on and feel comfortable discussing issues such as your period and sexuality without the pressure of getting onto an exam table and into stirrups. Safe and consensual sex is always a good topic to cover.
This first exam can also help reassure you that you’re developing normally and answer questions you may have about any unusual symptoms.
You may simply sit and talk to the doctor at this first visit. The emphasis is on your general health and what you can expect at future exams. Sometimes the first visit involves a comprehensive exam, including a breast exam and external evaluation of your genitalia.
If you have symptoms, such as irregular menstrual bleeding or pelvic pain, a pelvic exam may be a necessary part of evaluation and diagnosis. If you’re sexually active, you may request testing for a sexually transmitted disease. Sometimes this involves a swab of your genitalia, but often can be done with a urine test.
A Pap test isn’t usually part of adolescent gynecology. Your first Pap test usually occurs around age 21. It looks for changes in the cervical cells that could indicate precancer or cancer.
You may benefit from a vaccination to protect you from HPV, or human papillomavirus. HPV is spread through sexual contact and can cause complications, including genital warts and cervical cancer. The vaccine against HPV, Gardasil, is recommended for girls (and boys) in their pre-teen or teen years, prior to sexual activity.
Your primary care doctor should see to other vaccinations you may need.
You can raise pretty much any questions you have about your health, sexuality, relationships, and life with your doctor at OBGYN Westside, PLLC. Talk to the doctors about issues including:
The doctors also help you understand behaviors that help you stay healthy and preserve good gynecological and reproductive health.
To schedule your first gynecology visit, call the office or book online.