When Is it Time to Start Seeing a Gynecologist?enteenshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/T-expertAnswersRev-enHD-AR1.jpgFind out what the experts have to say.how old should i be to see a gynecologist? how old to get a pelvic exam? how old to get a gyn exam? seeing a gyn, period problems, menstrual problems, first gyn exam, first gynecological exam, first pelvic exam07/19/200609/26/201609/26/2016Julia Brown Lancaster, MSN, WHNP-BC11/04/2015be0fdf56-d307-404a-9707-973e5f55f8b3https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/expert-obgyn.html/<p><em>I’ve had my period for a few years now — is it time for me to start seeing a gynecologist?<br /> – Cindy*</em></p> <p>Probably. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that a girl first see a gynecologist <span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.4em;">&nbsp;between the ages of 13 and 15.</span></p> <p>Other health care providers who see teens for sexual health wellness visits&nbsp;include adolescent medicine physicians and family practice doctors, as well as nurse midwives and nurse practitioners.</p> <p>Your gynecologist (or other expert health care provider) can:</p> <ul> <li>make sure that your reproductive system is problem free</li> <li>help you avoid problems in the future</li> <li>answer your questions about how your reproductive system works, your period, or your body</li> </ul> <p>Here are other reasons to see your health care provider or gynecologist:</p> <ul> <li>if you've had sex (including oral or anal sex) or are thinking about&nbsp;having sex</li> <li>if you've had your period for more than a year or two and your periods are still not regular (don't happen monthly)</li> <li>if your periods are heavy, last for more than a week, or are very painful</li> </ul> <p>See a doctor right away&nbsp;if you:</p> <ul> <li>have&nbsp;pain or discomfort in your vagina, lower abdomen, or when you pee</li> <li>have changes in your vaginal discharge or odor</li> <li>think that you might have an STD&nbsp;(or that your partner might have one)</li> </ul> <p>Getting into the habit of seeing a gynecologist yearly is a great way to ensure your good health now and in the future.</p> <p><em>*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.</em></p>
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