We recognize the unique needs of adolescents and are committed to providing you with exceptional and compassionate health care services. Our team of experienced gynecologists and providers specialize in addressing the specific concerns and challenges that you may face, ensuring you receive the personalized attention and support you deserve.
You may already see a Family Medicine provider or pediatrician who oversees your health and wellness, but there may come a time when you need to seek care from a provider who specializes in gynecological care.
What Is Adolescent Gynecology?
Adolescent gynecology addresses issues that affect the female reproductive organs. Your provider can be a partner in your health care to help diagnose, treat and manage conditions that may arise during puberty, the teen years and into adulthood. We recommend you have your first visit with a gynecologist any time after your first menses (period), especially if you’re experiencing problematic symptoms. Be sure to visit your provider for your first pap smear by age 21.
What Topics does Adolescent Gynecology Address?
With a focus on education, prevention and comprehensive care, we strive to empower you to make informed decisions about your reproductive health and wellbeing. We are dedicated to nurturing your health while promoting a positive and empowering journey to adulthood.With a focus on education, prevention and comprehensive care, we strive to empower you to make informed decisions about your reproductive health and wellbeing. We are dedicated to nurturing your health while promoting a positive and empowering journey to adulthood.
Topics that may be addressed include:
- Education about menstruation
- Discussions about painful, irregular, uncomfortable or heavy periods
- Education about birth control options
- Changes through puberty that may raise concerns
- Urinary tract infections
- Yeast infections
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms
- Emotional ups and downs
- Healthy discussions about sexuality and/or sexual relationships
- Protection and prevention against sexually transmitted infections (STI)
- Concerns about rape or abuse
- Preventing, planning or addressing teen pregnancy
When Should I Schedule My First Gynecology Visit?
We recommend you have your first visit with a gynecologist any time after your first menses (period), especially if you’re experiencing problematic symptoms — but also be sure to visit your provider for your first pap smear by age 21.
If you are sexually active or have issues with periods, we recommend you see a gynecologist sooner.
It is normal to feel nervous about your first visit. We encourage you to discuss any concerns you may have with a parent or another trusted adult. Our providers understand the sensitivity of some of these topics and will help put you at ease and answer any questions you may have.
When Can I Expect At My First Appointment?
The first visit may just be a conversation between you and your provider. It is important to find someone you trust so you can have an open conversation. If you come with a parent or guardian, our providers will typically invite them to wait in the waiting area — unless you request that they stay in the exam room with you.
Your provider may ask you several personal questions about your health, such as your sexual activity or menstrual cycle. Our providers must ask these questions to provide the best care they can for your individual needs. Our providers are here to answer any questions or concerns you may have in regard to your body, development or sex.
Much of the information shared will be kept confidential. If you are concerned about confidentiality, we encourage you to discuss your concerns with your provider ahead of time.
After you have an initial consultation or conversation, you may have a follow-up visit. This may include an exam, vaccinations, or prescriptions for medications or birth control.
Will I Need An Exam?
Many concerns can be addressed without an exam. Your provider will put your needs first and assure you feel heard, understood and cared for.
If some issues require a closer look, your provider may recommend:
- A weight, height and blood pressure check
- A urine sample
- STI testing
- An ultrasound
- A pelvic exam
Seek A Specialist For Help
Our gynecologists and providers are highly trained to care for adolescents in an environment where you can feel comfortable and have open discussions about your health and wellness. If you are unsure if what you are experiencing is “normal” when it comes to growth, development, periods, or sex, we are here and ready to help.