OB/GYN of Indiana has a number of providers at each location experienced in providing preventive gynecologic care to adolescents. We know that seeing a gynecologist can be stressful for many adolescents, so our providers take the necessary time to ensure the utmost comfort during each visit.
When to begin to see a Gynecologist
In general, it is recommended that women should start seeing a gynecologist at age 18 or when one becomes sexually active.
For females between the ages of 13-18, the majority of health care needs can be addressed by family medicine or pediatric providers. There are times, however, when it would be appropriate for a younger patient to see a gynecologist, such as delayed puberty, painful or heavy menstrual cycles, difficulty with tampons, any sexual health concerns or contraceptive needs.
What to expect at your first visit
When you first meet your physician, he or she will ask you questions about you and your family’s medical history, your menstrual period or sexual activities. These discussions will be kept strictly confidential.
A general physical exam will be performed, recording height, weight and checking your blood pressure. A provider will perform a pelvic exam only if necessary and discuss any other health issues you may have. For additional information, visit here.
According to the CDC, receiving the HPV vaccine is important because it protects against cancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States.
All OB/GYN of Indiana locations offer the HPV vaccine. You can click here to find a location nearest you.
For more additional about the HPV vaccination, you can visit The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.