As a girl matures through puberty and adolescence, she experiences many changes she may not want to discuss with a family pediatrician. As a warm and understanding OB/GYN, Kelly Morales, MD happily offers adolescent and teenage gynecological care at her private practice in San Antonio. If you have a teenaged loved one who’s ready to see an OB/GYN, call or book an appointment online today.
Many people believe gynecological exams are only for adult women, but that isn’t true. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends girls start seeing an OB/GYN between ages 13-15.
There’s no need to be nervous about seeing an OB/GYN. Dr. Morales works with teenage patients all the time and is happy to answer any questions you may have in a safe, unbiased, and confidential environment.
Adolescent girls experience many of the same health problems that affect adult women, such as:
If you’re sexually active, pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are additional concerns. Even though these topics may seem challenging to discuss, Dr. Morales strives to make you feel comfortable talking about your sexual activity. The more honest you are, the better she can help you.
For your first exam, Dr. Morales focuses on getting to know you and preparing you for what to expect during future visits. She also provides you with information on how to maintain excellent health as a woman.
Unless you’re sexually active or have a specific concern, she typically doesn’t perform pelvic exams and Pap test until you’re 21.
Your first visit with Dr. Morales may include a general physical exam, including measuring your height, weight, and blood pressure. She may ask questions about your menstrual cycles and sexual activity, check your breasts for lumps, and visually examine the outside of your genitals.
If you’re sexually active, she may discuss options for contraception and protection against STDs. She may also perform a pelvic exam and Pap test.
A pelvic exam involves lying on the exam table with your legs elevated in footrests. Dr. Morales gently inserts an instrument called a speculum inside your vagina. If you get a Pap test, she swabs the surface of your cervix while the speculum is still inserted to collect a sample of cells for laboratory testing.
The entire process takes only a few minutes and shouldn’t be painful, though you may experience some pressure from the speculum and minor discomfort from the Pap test.
For a compassionate and experienced OB/GYN who offers adolescent and teenage care, call or book an appointment online today.