Adolescent girls benefit from creating a relationship with a gynecologist to discuss concerns and any reproductive health issues. At Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida in Ft. Myers, Cape Coral, and Lehigh Acres, Florida, the team of providers offer gynecological care for women of all ages, including teens. To learn about how your teen can benefit from an OB/GYN visit, call the office or book an appointment online.
Most girls benefit from having their first OB/GYN visit between the ages of 13 and 15. At this first visit, the providers at Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida establish a connection and don’t usually do a pelvic exam. The appointment involves a regular health exam and a discussion of concerns, menstrual cycles, and sexual habits.
The providers at Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida offer compassion and understanding when discussing what can be sensitive, personal issues. The discussion will include questions about a teen’s menstrual cycle, such as heaviness, the length of each cycle, and frequency.
They’ll raise questions about sexual activity and whether she’s had any type of sex, whether that’s vaginal, oral, or anal and if she’s using birth control protection.
The providers may also bring up issues surrounding sexually transmitted infections and how to keep safe from contracting them. The doctor will also ask about any vaginal sores, discomfort, itchiness, or discharge. Encourage your teen to ask any questions and raise concerns, no matter how embarrassing or silly they seem.
The OB/GYNs at Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida will do a thorough physical exam that includes evaluating your blood pressure. They may also do a breast exam to detect any cysts and evaluate normal development.
If a pelvic exam is performed, the doctor will examine the outer vaginal area for any swelling or sores. Usually, an adolescent doesn’t undergo an internal pelvic exam, but if she does, it is just like the ones performed for an adult. The doctor separates the walls of the vagina with a speculum and uses their hands to feel the size and position of the uterus and ovaries. Tests for sexually transmitted infections are done at this time by taking a gentle swab to gather cells; however, will only receive a cervical cancer screening after your first pap smear at the age of 21.
Start a relationship with a gynecologist in your adolescent years by calling Premier Women’s Care of Southwest Florida or booking an appointment online.