Written by: Lisa Michels, RN, BSN at Agnesian HealthCare
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a teenage girl may see a gynecologist between the ages of 13 and 15. Keep in mind that if your daughter is not 18, a parental consent is needed for the appointment.
This first visit includes a general physical exam with weight, blood pressure and evaluation of any current health problems. A discussion of personal and family health history will also be performed. A pelvic exam/PAP is usually not performed unless the patient is sexually active or if there is abnormal bleeding or pain. A PAP is usually not performed until age 21.
The gynecologist may also discuss sexual transmitted diseases, vaccinations recommended, what is normal/abnormal regarding pelvic health, acne, weight, birth control, alcohol/drugs/smoking and explain how a PAP exam is performed.
Your daughter’s first gynecological appointment is not intended to be threatening and in fact it is a way to develop a trusting relationship with the provider for future interactions.