It is recommended that girls have their first gynecologic visit between the ages of 13 and 15 years. It is normal for teens to feel nervous about this first visit. We encourage teens to let us know if they are nervous as we can easily put them at ease.
The first visit may be just a talk between you and the doctor. A pelvic exam is usually not necessary unless you are having problems.
Common health concerns that may be discussed include:
- Cramps and problems with menstrual periods
- Sex and sexuality
- Pregnancy prevention
- Birth control
- Sexually transmitted infections
- Alcohol, drugs, and smoking
- Emotional ups and downs
We want to assure you that all information will be kept confidential as we build a trusting relationship.