- Adolescent Gynecology
- Gynecologist Care
- Birth Control
- Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
- Pregnancy Care
- High-Risk Pregnancy Care
- Pregnancy Classes
- Antenatal Care
- Hysterectomy (Abdominal/Vaginal)
- Laproscopy Surgery
- Intra-Uterine Insemination (IUI)
- D&C (Dilation and Curettage)
- Pap Smear
- C- SECTION
- Mirena (Hormonal Iud)
- Psychlogical Services
The doctors at mother and child care clinic understand that a gynecologic exam can be overwhelming for a teenager. That’s why your first visit doesn’t need to include a full pelvic exam, unless you want or need one. The Specialist focuses on easing your anxiety, helping you learn about gynecologic care, and answer any questions you might have about your body. To learn more about adolescent gynecology or to schedule an appointment, call one of the Mother and Child Care Clinic
What Should I Know About Adolescent Gynecology?
The first thing that parents and teens should know is that their initial gynecologic visit doesn’t usually include a full pelvic exam. Their first visit may include a complete exam if they have a problem or they’re sexually active, but for most teens, this is a low-key visit.
When Should Adolescents Schedule Their First Gynecologic Exam?
Young women don’t need to schedule their first pelvic exam or Pap smear until they reach the age of 21 or they become sexually active. However, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that young teens schedule their first gynecologic visit between the ages of 13-15 years.
Making gynecologic care a regular part of a young woman’s preventive health routine empowers them to take control of their health. It also gives teens access to information about health issues, which may help them avoid common problems like STDs and unplanned pregnancy.
What Happens During an Adolescent Gynecology Exam?
A typical adolescent exam includes a complete review of your medical history and reproductive history, a full medical assessment including vital signs, and a minimally invasive exam that may include an examination of your external genitalia.
If any concerns arise during the exam, we allow plenty of time to explain the problem and to provide further medical care that may be needed. Your doctor opens the door to a discussion about issues often faced by teens, such as:
- Sex and sexuality
- Birth control
- Problems with menstrual periods
- Weight questions or concerns
- Alcohol, drugs, and smoking
- Depression and anxiety
The doctors at Mother and Child Care Clinic are especially sensitive to the needs of their young patients, so they focus on establishing a trusting relationship and explaining about gynecologic care.
Are Vaccinations Included in an Adolescent Gynecology Exam?
Your doctor can let you know if you need any vaccine boosters. They’ll also talk with you about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. HPV is the most common STD. It also causes cervical cancer.
The HPV vaccine can be administered between the ages of 9-26, protecting you from HPV and cervical cancer. If you decide to get the vaccine, it’s important to get the shots before you have sex because it doesn’t affect HPV that’s already established in your body.