According to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, parents should consider making a gynecologic exam appointment for their daughters between ages 13 and 15, and again before heading off to college.
If a young woman is sexually active or has gynecological problems such as abnormal development, irregular periods and excessive hair growth, she should see a gynecologist regularly.
Virtua OB/GYNs, located in southern New Jersey and around Philadelphia, are sensitive to the needs of young women and can help explain the changes happening with their bodies, how to stay healthy, and what to expect as they get older. These physicians also administer the vaccine that helps protect young women from the human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer.
What to expect at the first GYN visit
During a young woman's first visit, the gynecologist usually screens for menstrual and development abnormalities, addresses topics such as breast health, sexual activity, and the possible use of birth control to manage menstruation issues.
Pelvic exams are only recommended for a woman who is sexually active, age 21 or older, or who has a gynecologic problem.
For sexually active women, gynecologists also can check for sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea, chlamydia, or genital herpes.