Adolescent Health/Teen GYN Q & A
What is teen GYN?
We are sensitive to the concerns and apprehensions of young women who are beginning to learn about reproductive health. We will help explain the changes happening to their bodies, how to stay healthy, and what to expect as they mature. Teen gynecology, or teen GYN/adolescent healthcare is an area of women’s health focused on addressing teens unique needs as they move through adolescence. While all young women go through puberty and transition into adulthood, many encounter difficulties during this time. Teen gynecology offers the chance for girls to build a trusting relationship with their provider. This not only serves them well if a women’s health need arises but also normalizes the process of coming in for routine well-woman exams, which help teens establish healthy habits that can last a lifetime.
What kinds of services are available within teen GYN?
As with all women’s health services, teen gynecology is highly personalized. The primary focus during these early visits is to build trust between patient and provider and to let young women know that we are here to assist with questions and concerns as they arise.
Teen gynecology visits do not often include a pelvic exam. Some early visits are simply informational. As a young woman continues to move closer to adulthood, visits might include the following:
- Pelvic exam (pap if over 21)
- Pelvic pain
- Abnormal bleeding
- Birth control counseling
- Information on preventing sexually transmitted infections
- Sexual health, education and empowerment
- Understanding the role of consent in sexual relationships
- Mental Health
- Overall Wellness
There are no topics off-limits within teen gynecology. In fact, the best way to make the most of these visits is to feel comfortable discussing any subject with your provider.
When should I bring my teen in for their first visit?
Experts recommend bringing your teen in for their first visit around the ages of 13-15. These early visits allow time for patients to build relationships with their providers and often do not require a pelvic exam. Far too many young people fear gynecology care. In reality, gynecology is simply another aspect of overall health and wellness. Beginning gynecology visits during the teenage years helps teens know there is nothing to fear and a lot to gain from this aspect of their health care.
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