Adolescent Gynecology at Massapequa

What is Adolescent Gynecology?

Adolescent Gynecology is gynecology services directed towards young women including teenagers.

Adolescent Gynecologist
The doctors at Garden OB/GYN Massapequa 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.

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. The team at Garden OB/GYN Massapequa 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.

When Should Adolescents Schedule Their First Gynecologic Exam at Massapequa?

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:
  • Cramps
  • Acne
  • Sex and sexuality
  • Birth control
  • STDs
  • Problems with menstrual periods
  • Weight questions or concerns
  • Alcohol, drugs, and smoking
  • Depression and anxiety

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