When Should a Girl See a Gynecologist for the First Time?

Dr. Richard Williams, OB/GYN medical doctor, directs the Williams OB/GYN & Associates in San Dimas, CA.

It is usual for all parents with daughters from 11-1 3 to wonder when the right time is to introduce their daughter to a gynecologist for the first time. No time is the right or wrong time. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says a good time for this first visit is between 13 and 15.

This source agrees with the consensus of many gynecologists that this first visit will consist of, 

  • A regular, generalized health exam 
  • A consultation regarding the stages of development 
  • Health questions and answers

Easing the Difficulty of Teenage Sexual Questions and Answers

Williams OB/GYN & Associates in San Dimas, CA, says that doctors rarely perform a pelvic exam on this first visit, as it is more important for your daughter to get to know and become comfortable with her doctor in conversation first. 

While it is essential to establish themselves with a gynecologist, it is especially vital for a girl to see a gynecologist if they are sexually active, plans to be sexually active, or is having problematic periods. Young patients must be matched up well with their doctors to treat the patient successfully. 

While our doctor believes that sex education starts in the home with the parents, some parents do not know precisely how much information is too much. Parents desire to inform children about sexual issues. However, most are fearful of overwhelming the child.

Before parents talk with their daughters about sexual health, chances are that your daughter and her circle of friends have discussed most subjects and will tell the parents things they did not know, and most believe that they have all the answers.  

Our doctor and staff can give your daughter the truth about sexual health that they do not get from their friends. We can help educate your daughter on puberty, periods, STDs, infections, birth control, and more. We can help as much or as little as you desire. 

Future visits may include a pelvic exam. We will help your daughter understand the necessity for such an exam and will put them at ease.

Please call Dr. Williams at Williams OB/GYN & Associates today at (909) 599-8677 in San Dimas, CA, for your daughter's first GYN consult.

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