As your daughter enters her teenage years, it’s important to talk to her about her development and to start her on a track to maintaining her reproductive health. It’s also a good time to schedule her first appointment with a gynecologist.
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends girls have their first gynecological visit between the ages of 13 and 15 or when they become sexually active, whichever comes first. Most girls don’t need a pelvic exam during the first appointment but it is an opportunity for the doctor to talk with your daughter about her changing body and answer any questions she may have.
Talk About Her First Visit
Fear of the unknown can make your daughter feel nervous before that first visit. You can help to ease her concerns by talking about what to expect.
Also ask your daughter about her preferences. Would she feel more comfortable with a male or a female doctor? An older or younger doctor? Does she prefer to have you stay in the exam room or wait outside?
Your pediatrician or family doctor may offer gynecologic services or you can ask for a recommendation to a gynecologist. You can also take your daughter to a gynecologist you already use if she’ll feel comfortable with that or you can ask friends or neighbors for suggestions.
It’s worth taking some time to find a health professional your daughter feels comfortable with so she can continue seeing the same person for years to come. This will foster familiarity and trust and should make your daughter feel more comfortable asking personal questions and sharing important information.
To Find an OBGYN Near You
Call (716) 923-7152
To Find an OBGYN Near You Call (716) 923-7152
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