According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), girls should make their first visit to a gynecologist between the ages of 13 and 15. Among topics that should be discussed are menstruation, sexuality, healthy nutrition, eating disorders, and normal development.
What to Expect
General Physical Exam: During your visit, the doctor will provide a general physical exam, which will cover any potential health problems or concerns.
Breast Exam: Your doctor may or may not perform a breast exam at your appointment. This will be based on your individual history and/or circumstances.
Pelvic Exam: Your doctor may or may not perform a pelvic exam at your appointment. This too will be based on your individual history and/or circumstances. A pelvic exam may include STD screening if needed and checking your reproductive organs for any possible problems. Pap smears are no longer recommended for young women under 21 years of age.
Special Concerns: Your appointment is a great time to address common teen concerns, including: cramps and problems with menstrual periods, acne, weight, sex and sexuality, STD’s, and teen emotions.
Symptoms that Need Care
If you are having any of the following symptoms, tell your doctor:
- Severe pain in the lower abdomen
- Bad cramps during your period
- Periods that are not regular or missed periods
- Pain around the vagina or burning, swelling, itching, or discharge
- Blood in your urine