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 first 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.
- Sexual Development
- Electronic Health Records
- PMS, Cramps, and Irregular Periods
- Talking to Your Daughter About Puberty
- Your Daughter's First Gynecology Visit
- Pelvic Exams
- Does My Mom Have to Be in the Room During My Gyn Exam?
- Should I Do a Breast Self-Exam?
- Choosing Your Own Doctor
- Talking to Your Doctor
- Why Does a Gynecologist Ask About Your Last Period?
- Is a Gynecologist the Same as a Primary Care Doctor?
- Gyn Checkups
- When Is it Time to Start Seeing a Gynecologist?