Coming of Age — Why Adolescent Gynecological Care Is Important

adolescent gynecological care

It’s easy to assume that a trip to the gynecologist is only for grown women. However, these important exams are also important for girls as young as 13. That’s because teenagers can experience the same gynecological issues as adult women once they start going through adolescence and puberty.

Dr. Kelly Morales offers personalized and compassionate care to women of all ages who live in and around San Antonio, Texas, especially young girls who are coming of age. She shares what you need to know about the importance of gynecological care for teenagers and what they can expect during their first appointment.

Reasons to visit a gynecologist

Most people assume you only go to the doctor if you have a problem. But regular gynecological care plays a crucial role in protecting a woman’s reproductive health.

Dr. Morales usually recommends that teenagers start having regular appointments between 13-15 years of age for three main reasons.

1. Gaining information

A young woman can have numerous questions about her changing body, sexuality, menstruation, and sex. Having the chance to discuss all of these concerns with a medical professional ensures you have access to accurate and reliable information. Plus, these office visits are completely confidential, so you can ask questions in a supportive environment without any fear or embarrassment.

2. Practicing prevention

Regular gynecological visits are also an important aspect of preventive care. During these appointments, Dr. Morales offers information on sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and pregnancy prevention, and provides routine gynecological screenings. She also makes recommendations about lifestyle choices to help protect your overall health.

3. Getting treatment

If a reproductive problem does arise, Dr. Morales can address them during your appointment. Adolescent girls can experience the same gynecological issues as adult women, including:

Dr. Morales can also diagnose and treat STDs during these appointments.

Preparing for your first visit to the gynecologist

It can be scary going to the gynecologist for the first time, but you don’t have to worry. Dr. Morales usually starts your visit by asking specific questions about your medical history and reproductive health. This conversation helps her get a sense of your health, any issues you may be experiencing, and which tests she might recommend.

Common questions Dr. Morales might ask include:

Anything you share during this conversation remains confidential, so you can answer truthfully. Providing honest answers help Dr. Morales provide the best care during your gynecological exam.

What to expect during your first exam

A gynecological exam involves several different components, but you may not need them all. Dr. Morales makes specific recommendations on which exams to perform based on your individual needs.

Common gynecological screenings include:

Dr. Morales could also recommend a Pap smear, but for most women these screenings begin at 21. During this test, Dr. Morales collects cells from your cervix to make sure they look normal.

Each of these screenings is typically painless and takes only a few minutes.

To learn more about the importance of gynecological care for teenagers, contact us by calling 210-570-7277 or by booking an appointment online today.

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