What to expect at a teen’s first gynecology visit
At this first visit, we focus on establishing a connection. A pelvic exam is usually not required though it may be performed if there is a compelling medical reason. The appointment involves a physical exam and a discussion of the teen’s concerns, menstrual cycles, and sexual habits. If the teen reports being sexually active, she’ll be asked whether she is using birth control or has questions about it. Our providers will also discuss sexually transmitted diseases and how to protect against them. We recommend that parents encourage their teen to ask any questions and raise any concerns they may have, no matter how embarrassing or rudimentary they may seem. A parent or legal guardian must accompany all patients under the age of 18.