Q. At what age should my daughter first see a gynecology provider?
A. This can depend on your child. Teen girls can start seeing a gynecology provider as young as 13. A good rule of thumb to follow is scheduling their first appointment after they have their first period or when they become sexually active, whichever occurs first.
Q. What will happen at the first exam?
A. It is normal for your daughter, and even you, to be nervous about their first gynecology visit. But, knowing what to expect can help ease nerves and make the prospect of this visit a little less scary. Rest assured- the first visit a teenager is more about building a relationship and being available to answer any questions.
The first gynecology appointment for your teen will involve their vitals being taken, including weight, height, and blood pressure. Then, the doctor may perform an external genital exam. But, likely, no pelvic exam will be needed. Afterward, the doctor will leave time for your child to ask any questions they may have about birth control, their body, or their sexual health.
Q. Should you take your child to your gynecologist?
A. That depends. It is a good idea to involve your child in deciding who their gynecology provider will be. Make sure you take her to one of the gender she prefers and work with her to help her find one she feels comfortable seeing, whether that is your provider or not.
Q. How can I prepare my child for their appointment?
A. There are many things you can do to prepare your daughter for their first gynecology appointment. First, discuss with them the importance of these visits and the role they play in keeping women healthy. Then, have them help you find the right doctor. Finally, discuss with them what they can expect to help prepare them and put their minds at ease.
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