Do you remember the first time you went to see a gynecologist? Did it feel awkward? This is an almost universal experience for women, in part because of stories that women hear from their friends and family. Seeing a gynecologist as a teenager doesn’t need to be a negative experience, however, and can come with a lot of benefits during your teen’s formative years.
Adolescent gynecology can address many different issues that teens can experience such as abnormal bleeding, painful periods, delayed puberty, vaginal infections, ovarian cysts, PCOS, hormonal imbalances, pelvic pain, endometriosis, painful sex, sexual dysfunction, and congenital anomalies. Additionally, we can have important discussions about topics like birth control, managing periods, safe sexual practices, peer pressure, body image, romantic relationships, alcohol or drugs, and even sexual assault. These things are never more important to talk about than when you’re a teenager, so it’s vital for your teen to partner with a gynecologist who can provide care and counseling for many years to come.
Many situations can develop as early as in your teens that can feel scary and overwhelming, especially regarding feminine and sexual health. Unfortunately, young girls may hesitate to share their experiences until it’s almost unbearable. On the other hand, there are young women who experience no abnormal symptoms and therefore continue to delay their first visit with a gynecologist until they are much older. Ultimately, this is a disadvantage to women.
Your teen’s first gynecologic visit does not have to wait until they have medical concerns. It’s a great opportunity to discuss normal changes (both physically and emotionally) in a caring and secure environment. It allows the chance to develop a relationship with a physician who can accompany your teen throughout the different stages of life. Your gynecologist can help the transition through puberty, college, childbearing years, and menopause.
There’s never a bad time to get your teen started on learning more about their body and feminine health. To schedule an appointment with our compassionate and knowledgeable team of gynecologists, contact our New York City office by calling or filling out our online form.