ADHD: A Parenting Guide

Important Information About Your Daughter's First Visit With A Gynecologist

Although few women look forward to their first appointment with a gynecologist, it is an important visit that should not be delayed unnecessarily. However, it will be helpful to note that early visits with a gynecologist do not have to include either a Pap smear or internal exam unless she is sexually active or concerned about an abnormality. Therefore, if you would like to make sure that your daughter will know what to expect and that she will have that visit at the most appropriate time, the following information will be very helpful.

What To Expect If She Is Not Sexually Active

It is often surprising to learn that some young women should see their gynecologist for the first time at the age of 13 and should have it no later than 15. However, that first visit does not have to include a Pap smear or pelvic examination unless a problem has presented itself or she has been sexually active. The physician may also discuss the possibility of your daughter being vaccinated against HPV since it is now known that the HPV viruses can cause several forms of cancer and genital warts. The HPV vaccine is a series of three shots given over six months to girls and women between the ages of 11 and 26.

If your daughter is not sexually active, the exam is likely to include getting the same information that would normally be obtained at any medical information, such as her height, weight, and blood pressure to make sure that she is healthy. In addition, a breast exam is also common. Even if she is not sexually active by about her 21st birthday, she can expect to receive complete vaginal exams, including pap smears.

What To Expect If Your Daughter Is Or Has Been Sexually Active

If she is sexually active, there is a good chance that the doctor will do a pelvic exam and Pap smear. You should not expect to be allowed in the room during her in-depth exam. It may also be helpful to note that state laws vary as to whether or not minors can access birth control without parental consent.

If she is currently sexually active, the physician will review with her the current methods she is using for birth control. It is also likely that she will be educated as to other birth control methods and the need for back-up methods of contraception.

In conclusion, a young woman's first appointment with a gynecologist is a momentous event. Since there are several factors that can impact the age at which she should have that first visit, being aware of the information listed above will help both you and your daughter to be sure that she will receive the appropriate care. 

For more information contact a local clinic like North Florida Women's Care.