As girls become adolescents, their annual wellness appointments should begin to include routine gynecological care. Many young women may wish to consider establishing or starting GYN care between the ages of thirteen to fifteen, around the time of their first periods. At The Miami Institute of Urogynecology and Minimally Invasive Surgery in Miami, Florida, Peter Khamvongsa, MD, FACOG, FACS, IF, provides comprehensive pediatric and adolescent gynecology care for women and girls of all ages. To learn more, call or book an appointment online today.
A gynecologist specializes in providing the best possible medical care throughout the many stages of a woman’s life, beginning with the start of menstruation in adolescence, continuing through the childbearing years of early adulthood, and extending on through menopause, or the end of fertility.
A girl’s first visit to the gynecologist touches on a variety of important topics, including good health habits and why gynecology is an important part of routine preventive care. Her first visit also includes a general physical that measures her height, weight, and blood pressure, as well as a breast exam and an external genital exam.
Adolescents don’t usually have pelvic exams, unless they’ve been experiencing a gynecological problem like pelvic pain or abnormal bleeding.
For Dr. Khamvongsa, providing care for adolescent patients serves four main purposes:
Girls generally don’t need to undergo a pelvic exam, unless they’re experiencing a problem or symptoms that require one. Most healthy women have their first pelvic exam at the age of 21, which is when the first Pap smear, or cervical cancer screening test, is recommended.
Adolescents or younger women who do need a pelvic exam should know that the exam itself is relatively brief and has three parts:
Most of the information that an adolescent shares with her gynecologist is confidential, including:
Dr. Khamvongsa wants his young patients to feel confident about sharing personal information — it’s the only way he can offer appropriate advice and personalized care.
To schedule a pediatric or adolescent gynecology appointment, call The Miami Institute of Urogynecology and Minimally Invasive Surgery or book an appointment online today.