When Should You Start Visiting a Gynecologist?
An early start in establishing a relationship with a gynecologist can help solve any doubts or questions that arise throughout development and be a vehicle for learning more about the body and its functions.
Establishing a relationship with a gynecologist is a crucial part of a woman’s standard health procedure. By doing so, patients can expect to leave their first routine visit with more clarity about a variety of topics including but not limited to:
- Personal health and hygiene
- Wellness/physical exams
- Menstrual cycles
- Sex education
- Vaccination against STDs
- Diagnosis and treatment of certain conditions
- Contraceptives and birth control
- Annual pap smear tests and other examination
- Breast health
An early start in establishing a relationship with a gynecologist can help solve any doubts or questions that arise throughout development and be a vehicle for learning more about the body and its functions. Typically, a pediatrician will handle your care until you are 18 years of age. However, for more specific concerns that are out of their scope of practice, like pregnancy, pap smears, or birth control, you should make an appointment with a trusted gynecologist.
It is recommended that you begin attending annual exam visits with a gynecologist at the age of 21 OR after three years of sexual activity, which ever comes first.
The annual exam includes a physical exam, a pap smear (cytology),a pelvic exam and a breast exam. Any discussion in regards to contraceptive methods or menstrual cycles is also invited. If there are further issues to discuss, like hormonal imbalances or pelvic pain, a follow up appointment may be needed.
The job of the gynecologist should be to alleviate any concerns, misconceptions, or fears young girls might have about sex or menstrual cycles, and properly educate them about their bodies will help in calming their anxiety about any changes they might feel. It is equally important to find the right gynecologist with the ideal team and medical knowledge to address every need. As such, OB/GYN Ultrasound is a medical practice dedicated to provide obstetric and gynecological services of any kind in a relaxed and welcoming environment, with an experienced and professional medical team capable of providing excellent healthcare and treating each patient as a valued individual.
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