The doctors at Garden OB/GYN 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 team at Garden OB/GYN 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 ten offices throughout Midtown West, the Upper East Side, and the Upper West Side of Manhattan, as well as Forest Hills, Garden City, Lake Success, Massapequa, Commack, and Cedarhurst, New York, or use the online booking feature.
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.
The team at Garden OB/GYN looks forward to meeting each teen and using their first appointment to answer questions, talk about their overall health, and help them feel comfortable with gynecological care.
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.
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:
The doctors at Garden OB/GYN are especially sensitive to the needs of their young patients, so they focus on establishing a trusting relationship and explaining about gynecologic care.
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.
To schedule your adolescent gynecology exam, call Garden OB/GYN or book an appointment online.