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When Should My Daughter First Go to the Gynecologist?
My daughter is 13, and I'm not sure when she should start seeing a gynecologist. What is the right age to take this step?
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that girls first see a gynecologist when they're between the ages of 13 and 15. Most girls will not need a pelvic exam during this initial visit, though. Many gynecologists will just do a regular health exam and talk to a girl about her development.
This is a great way for your daughter to develop a relationship with her gynecologist, so that she is comfortable sharing personal information in the future.
While all teenage girls should see a gynecologist, it is especially important if your daughter has been sexually active (or is planning to be) or has problems with her period.
Reviewed by: Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date reviewed: April 2012
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