When Should You Begin Visiting the Gynecologist?

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A girl’s first visit to the gynecologist can be nerve-wracking for both mother and daughter. No mother wants to admit her little girl is growing up, and a visit to the gynecologist will solidify this fact for her. However, it is important to establish regular visits with a gynecologist when a girl is in her teens. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that a girl see a gynecologist for the first time between the ages of 13 and 15. It is also recommended to visit a gynecologist if menstruation has begun or if she's sexually active.

At the first appointment, the gynecologist will do the following:

  • Ensure that your reproductive system is working properly
  • Help you avoid any problems in the future
  • Talk to you about contraceptive options or birth control if you are sexually active or thinking about becoming sexually active
  • Answer any questions you may have regarding your body, your menstruation cycle, and your reproductive system

Some other reasons, you should think about making an appointment with a gynecologist include:

  • If you have been menstruating for at least a year and your cycles are irregular
  • If your periods are heavy, painful, and last longer than a week
  • If have any type of pain that seems abnormal
  • If you think you may have an STD
  • If you are experiencing any type of unusual discharge or odor

 

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