As girls grow into teenagers, it is important that they must receive appropriate medical-care. It is recommended that young girls have their Ist visit with an obstetrician-gynecologist between the ages of 13-15.
For most of the teens, the Ist visit will consist an external examination of the genitals but not necessarily an internal-examination of the reproductive organs, which is recommended at the beginning of 21st year for healthy-women. In exceptional cases if your daughter has abnormal vaginal bleeding, painful periods, unusual vaginal secretions, or other problems that may be associated with her reproductive health, she may need a pelvic exam sooner.
The concept of seeing a gynecologist or having pelvic-exam can make a young woman feel nervous, embarrassed, or scared. But just By explaining why the visit is necessary, giving your daughter a knowledge of what to expect, and addressing any questions or fears/troubles she might have, you can assist her feel more loved & comfortable about taking the above step.
Explaining the Importance of the obstetrician-gynecologist Visit In most cases, your daughter has past visits to the doctor with health problems. She may not understand why she would go to the doctor when she feels perfectly fine.
Explain that the visit serves at least three main purposes:
Information-. She can get accurate information and confidential answers to any questions she may have concerning sex, sexuality, her changing body, and menstruation.
Prevention-. She can learn about pregnancy prevention, sexually transmitted diseases, and healthy lifestyles.
Treatment-. For girls who experience missed periods, pain, or other reproductive problems, the doctor can look into why the problems are occurring and offer treatment.
Also, you may want to reassure your daughter that even though there are a lot of different parts of the gynecological visit, the actual physical exam & the part she might feel most uncomfortable about… doesn’t take long.