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Your body undergoes many changes during your teenage years! Some of them can be confusing and scary. We are here to help you understand your body, educate on contraception and safe practices, and get you started on your life’s health journey. While many girls will still see their pediatrician or primary care provider during these years, some may need to schedule their first gynecology appointments.
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends establishing care with a gynecology provider during your teenage years. Whether you come to see us or stay with your pediatrician or family care doctor a while longer, this is an important time to begin speaking with your doctor about the HPV vaccine and screening, birth control options, and sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention.
It’s normal to be nervous! Many teenagers have difficulty asking questions and talking openly about their bodies; however, our providers promise a judgement-free zone where you can relax and speak to us in confidence. Unless there is a serious threat to your health, whatever you talk about stays private between you and your doctor. Your first gynecology visit is focused on getting to know you. We will ask you questions and address any concerns you have. It might not include a pelvic exam, unless you are experiencing a gynecologic problem. Be sure to discuss with your provider if you are experiencing heavy, irregular or painful periods, cysts or discharge, or if you are sexually active. This will help us determine the type of care you need at that time.